Ali Day has claimed his first world title at the Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide.
The Kiama product showed his class by taking out the prestigious open men’s ironperson race, from Newport’s Jack Borg and Currumbin’s Ben Carberry at Glenelg Beach over the weekend.
The former Nutri-Grain ironman champion also claimed gold in the oceanman relay with Surfers Paradise team mates TJ Junior and Max Beattie.
Day rounded out his strong meet with a silver medal in the open men’s ocean swim, finishing behind winner Oliver Signorini, from Newport.
Another South Coast product to compete at the world champs was Kirsty Higgison, who is Day’s training partner at Surfers Paradise SLSC.
Higgison finished fourth in both open women’s ironperson and board events.
Mollymook SLSC’s Sam Zustovich, who is dominating the 2018/19 Ocean6 Series, showed his class by taking out the youth men’s beach flags event.
While Zustovich’s achievement caps off a memorable championships for Mollymook, who also claimed two silver medals and one bronze in the surf boats – with Kate Lewis, from Kiama, also adding a 12th place finish in the open women’s beach flags.
Another South Coast product to shine on the sand was former Nowra-Culburra star Holly Abbey.
Abbey, who now competes with the Coogee SLSC, claimed a bronze medal in the youth women’s beach sprint – behind Cronulla’s Chloe Mannix-Power and Seacliff’s Cloe Griffiths.
She also just missed out on a medal in the youth women’s beach flags, finishing fourth, being edged out by North Cronulla’s Alexandria Rampoldi, Alexandra Headland’s Mia McWilliam and Coledale’s Jasmine Yew.
The Championships were held from November 16 to December 2, and attracted more than 7000 participants from 45 nations – the largest ever.
Conducted every two years, the event showcases excellence in surf sports and rescue, drawing the most talented and skilled surf sports and rescue people to compete for the title of world’s best.