Having made the journey to Perth with friends and family, over 290 competitors from 13 of our regional clubs converged on Mullaloo Beach to contest the 2021 SunSmart WA Country Championships.
With light offshore winds, Mullaloo served up fairly calm conditions for racing, although the shore break took a few athletes off-guard, seeing some take tumbles on their way in.
City of Bunbury once again showed up in force hoping to secure their 27th consecutive country championships title and, with standout performances from several of their athletes across all age categories they certainly looked up to the task.
The standout athlete in the water was without a doubt Kate Lockley from City of Bunbury, who excelled in almost every event she tackled, finishing out the weekend with 12 wins across individual and team events, including both the U17 and Open Single Ski and Surf Race, as well as the Open Ironwoman and Board Race and the U17 2 km run.
She also secured 2nd in both the U17 Ironwoman and Board Race behind City of Bunbury teammate Allanah Griffin who secure the top spot in both events, before they teamed up to take wins in a number of team events.
U15 City of Bunbury athlete Joel Doddy also had a highly successful weekend finishing up with 9 event wins across individual and team events.
Congratulations also to our nippers who qualified through to the 2021 SunSmart WA Nipper Surf Life Saving Championships to be held over the weekend of 12-14 March. See qualifier & reserves lists here.
We would like to extend a thank you to our surf sports and naming rights partner Healthway, promoting the SunSmart message, who make this championship series possible.
Thank you also to our host club Mullaloo and to all our officials, referees and water safety personnel who ensured everyone enjoyed the weekend of competition!
Congratulations to City of Bunbury for taking out their 27th consecutive country championships title, finishing on a huge 971 points as well as claiming the handicap!
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