Country titles show that Byron Bay is re-emerging
The last few years has seen the Bay club rebuilding its strength and this year’s New South Wales Country Championships saw the senior club take its full team to Port Macquarie last weekend.
Showing a huge improvement on recent years, Byron Bay was just tipped into second by the strong Warrilla-Barrack Point club.
The club was led by its open ski paddlers, with Dan McCabe, who was unlucky to get second in the open ski but then won the open men’s double with Lance O’Conner, the mixed double with Kim Chappel and the over 30 ski race.
Byron’s super girls continued to dominate with 16-year-old national champion Shannon Hulbert-Green winning the open board, swim and all three board rescues, the open and under 19 with Tahnee Fleming and under 17 with Emily Battese.
Fleming won the open and under 19 ski race.
To complete the clean sweep of all the female ski races Brooke Yopp won the under 17 ski.
Emily Battese had just returned from a very successful tour to New Zealand with the New South Wales Country team.
Surprisingly, Emily was Byron’s only representative on the team.
It was a good club turnout with 40 members competing in the seniors.
And the club’s performance should be an ominous warning that Byron Bay is mounting a serious challenge to return to the number one position in country New South Wales surf lifesaving.