Nutri-Grain Series Update
After 4 rounds of the Nutri-Grain Ironman Series, Shannon Eckstein is still in the hunt to claim his 9th Ironman Series win. After a disappointing start to the series with an 8th in Round 1, Shannon has clawed back the points with three podium finishes including two wins. Shannon currently sits in second place, only 2 points behind Mooloolaba's, Ali Day, heading in to the final two rounds at Newcastle.
Rebecca Creedy is having a fantastic season following on from her 2nd placing in the Coolangatta Gold a few months ago, claiming her first ever Series race win in round 4 at Surfers Paradise on the weekend. Rebecca also sits in 2nd place on the pointscore heading in to the final two rounds. Harriet Brown's consistency across the first 4 rounds has her sitting comfortably in 3rd place overall with Maddy Dunn in 5th and Courtney Hancock in 6th.
The final 2 rounds of the series will be held at Newcastle on the 3rd and 4th of January, 2015.
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2014 World Champions
BMD Northcliffe has defended their world crown with a dominant performance at Rescue 2014 in France. Competition started in the pool with European clubs showing their dominance in these events as expected. We picked up 3 silver medals in the pool - Chris Dawson in the 200m Obstacles and the girls claimed silver in both the Obstacle and Medley Relays. Christina Ruiz picked up a Bronze in the 100m Rescue Medley and our boys also picked up a bronze in the Obstacle Relay. BMD Northcliffe picked up 219 points in the pool events but trailed Italian Club, Aqvasport Rane Rosse by 356 points heading in to the ocean events.
On day 1 in the surf (although there wasn't much of that in sight), our girls picked up maximum points in the surf race, claiming the top 4 positions with Kristyl Smith in 1st, Courtney Hancock in 2nd, Rebecca Creedy in 3rd and Harriet Brown in 4th. In the male Surf Race it was Dev Lahey defending his title taking the Gold and Shannon Eckstein the Silver.
On day 2, Kristyl Smith and Cory Hill both claimed silver in the ski races with the girls then filling the podium in the Board Race with Harriet Brown taking Gold, Rebecca Creedy silver and Maddy Dunn Bronze. Shannon took out the Male Board Race with Max Beattie claiming Bronze.
The final day of competition, Harriet Brown and Rebecca Creedy claimed Gold in the Board Rescue and then the girls once again claimed maximum points in the Ironwoman with Kristyl Smith claiming another gold, Rebecca Creedy in 2nd and Courtney Hancock in 3rd and Harriet Brown in 4th. Shannon Eckstein defended his Ironman Crown with Cory Taylor in 3rd, Stefaan Demopoulos in 4th and Max Beattie in 5th. To top off a great few days at the beach, the club also took out both the Male and Female Taplin Relays.
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In the Youth Competition, Alyssa Koenen won 2 Gold in the Surf Race and the Super Lifesaver.
Australian Champion Club - 10 in a Row!
BMD Northcliffe has collected their 10th consecutive Australian Champion Club Trophy in the most dominant performances in history winning by 300 points. The club claimed 26 gold medals, 27 silver medals and 22 bronze medals.
Our Surf Rescue Team & Board Riders got us off to an early lead as usual with 56 points on the board. Special mention to our Open Patrol Competition Team who claimed their 13th consecutive Australian Championship and to Tiarne Smith, her 5th consecutive Open Long Board championship.
From there, the points just kept accumulating led firstly by our Under 15s in the team events who had some fantastic results. Gold & Silver in the U15 Female Cameron Relay, Gold in the U15 Female Board Relay, Gold in the U15 Male Surf Teams, Silver & Bronze in the U15 Male Cameron Relay, Silver in the U15 Male Board Relay and Bronze in the U15 Female Surf Teams. The U15s also excelled individually with Laura Taylor winning gold in both the Surf Race & Tube Race, Elly Wikaire won gold in the Ironwoman and 2 bronze medals in the Surf Race & Tube Race, Jarrod Shute won gold in Champion Lifesaver and silver in the Tube Race, Silver also to Toby Wilson in the Surf Race, Scarlett Fahey in the 2km Run and bronze medals to Georgia Moore in Champion Lifesaver, Toby Redler in the 2km Run & Kobe Schulz in the Board. In all, our U15s claimed 112 points!
It was another dominant performance by Shannon Eckstein to claim the blue ribbon Open Ironman event with brother Caine joining him on the podium in 2nd place. Shannon now has 6 Australian Open Ironman titles to his name, equaling the great Trevor Hendy.
Alyssa Koenen also had a fantastic carnival winning both the U17 Female Surf Race and Tube Race. She also picked up 3 team golds in the U17 Taplin, U17 Surf Teams and U19 Surf Teams. Other top Medal Winners were Courtney Hancock with 4 gold and 2 silver, Shannon Eckstein with 3 gold, a silver & 2 bronze, Laura Taylor with 3 gold & a bronze, Kristyl Smith with 3 gold & 2 silver.
To top off the carnival, we claimed gold in the final two events of the carnival - the coveted Open Female & Male Taplin Relays.
Earlier in the week, our Masters were thrilled to retain their Australian Championship Crown with only a very small team led by Anna Ballara who won 4 gold, 2 silver and a bronze.
For all of BMD Northcliffe Open Results, Click Here.
For all of BMD Northcliffe Masters Results, Click Here.
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