Authored by: Garry Howe
The NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships is a prestigious team competition which brings together the best talent from the eleven branches across New South Wales. With 5 metropolitan branches and 6 country branches, this annual event is an exhibition of skill, teamwork, and dedication to surf life saving.
The 2023 season saw 59 athletes from the North Coast region nominated for the Interbranch team, demonstrating the enthusiasm in the community, particularly in the younger age groups. This is very exciting for the future of surf lifesaving on the North Coast.
The squad of nominated athletes met on a number of occasions with the aim to build team spirit and to develop and demonstrate their skills on the beach and in the water. Coaches discussed the importance of integrity and demonstration of good character as an individual athlete, and most importantly, as part of a team, developing a sense of unity which will be vital in team competition. Athletes were also provided with expert nutritional information in regards to the best way to prepare for competition and what to eat on carnival day, in order to optimise performance.
The process of selecting the North Coast Interbranch team was a challenging one, given the depth of talent and commitment within the nominated athletes. The final team of 39 were chosen, representing a diverse and skilled group ready to impress at the Interbranch Championships.
As the competition approaches, coaches are now directing their focus toward developing team cohesion and performance in various team events, refining skills and enhancing communication between athletes.
On 1 December 2023, the North Coast Team, under the leadership of team captains Larnie Mordue and Ethan Dawson, will make their way to Fingal Bay SLSC, ready to compete. The North Coast community extends their best wishes to the young representatives, acknowledging their dedication and hard work in reaching this stage.