Staunch effort in premier contest

IT has been a busy start to the season for some Kiama Surf Life Saving Club competitors.

A group of seven competed in the Sydney Water Premiership series across four rounds of competition.

Kate Lewis finished third in the under-15 beach category, Jake Heffernan third in the under-17 beach category and Matt Lewis fifth in the under-17 beach event.

Other competitors Kayla Duncan and Alicia Burazin achieved excellent results in the under-12 beach category, while Jonathon Markowski and Nick Wingrove also achieved great results in the under-14 beach event.

These are great results considering the tough competition everyone faced from some of the stronger Illawarra and Sydney clubs.

Lewis also represented Kiama SLSC and the South Coast Branch at the recent NSW Interbranch Surf Life Saving Championships at Soldiers Beach, Norah Head.

Lewis did exceptionally well, winning the under-15 flags competition and coming fourth in the sprint.

Following her outstanding performance at the NSW Interbranch Championships, she has been selected to participate in the Surf Life Saving NSW 2014 Country Athlete Exchange Program in Sydney from January 23-26.

This exchange is designed to help enhance the skills and knowledge of regional athletes, the program including training sessions and competition in some Sydney-based carnivals.

The South Coast Branch championships will be at Surf Beach, Kiama, on February 1-2.

This event will bring hundreds of competitors to the town throughout the weekend and is another great chance for the area's competitors to show off their skills.

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