By George! Masters champ wins bronze

IN ACTION: 78 year old surf lifesaving veteran George Fowler lunges for the flag. Photo: SLSNSW.

IN ACTION: 78 year old surf lifesaving veteran George Fowler lunges for the flag. Photo: SLSNSW.

VETERAN surf lifesaver George Fowler put the Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Lifesaving Club on the scoreboard at this year's state championships with a bronze medal in the 70 years and over Male Beach Sprint.

He followed this up with another bronze medal in the 70 years and over Male Beach Flags event.

At 78 years young, George was the oldest competitor at the 2016 State Championships.

He first joined the surf club in 1964 and gained his bronze in the 1965/66 season. His advice to fellow competitors; do your personal best, enjoy the competition and have fun.

The club's double ski team of Sonja Crossingham and Elaine Walker took this on board, and were just pipped at the post by Byron Bay for third place.

Over 7,000 of the state's best surf sport athletes made their way to Ocean Beach Umina for the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters and Open Championships.

Earlier in the age championships nippers Mia Bales and Piper Seale finished a close fourth in the final of the Junior Rescue and Resuscitation (R&R) event.

All three of the Wauchope-Bonny Hills R&R teams made it to the final, in what was an encouraging performance from the youngsters. Well done Jadzia Stronell, Keira Alchin, Mia Bales, Piper Seale, Carissa Davidson and Bianca Williams.

"Full credit to all the girls and super coach Chalkie Bob Smith; lots of effort went into this result, and we couldn't be prouder," said Keira's father, Peter Alchin.

The local competitors may not have won many medals, but they did their best and competed well against some of the best surf sport athletes from across NSW.

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