Noosa SLSC takes on world
NOOSA Heads Surf Life Saving Club president Ross Fisher has again revealed his tough competitive streak alongside two equally driven sports competitors at the World Masters Games.
Ross, Melissa Aitken and Alan Rogers did Noosa Heads proud at the surf lifesaving Masters match-up held at Takapuna Beach on the North Shore in Auckland.
Ross said Melissa was the standout in the 45- to 49-year age group winning three gold, three silver and one bronze medal. She won her individual ski, 2km beach run and board relay with two women from other New Zealand clubs.
Ross won four silver and two bronze, but denies the fact that as a born and bred Kiwi he had a homeground advantage. Alan took two silver and two bronze.
"Although there was no surf, the conditions were testing with cool wind chop and cooler water temperature,” Ross said.
"We made some terrific friends and in particular with some NZ competitors who are very interested in further discussing a lifesaving training camp between Noosa and the Waimarama Surf Club which is in the Hawke's Bay area above Napier.
"The competition was extremely well run in NZ and credit to all the officials and volunteers who made it a very friendly but highly organised.
"They also know the Noosa club's Jordan Mercer and Lana Rogers in particular, as two of their young ladies follow their progress and aspire to be like them.
"They were also extremely interested in our club's Seahorse Nippers program (for children with disabilities) and may time a visit during the program later next year.”
Ross said he explained how Jordan and Lana train and "the commitment and dedication it takes to reach a high level, similar to the Nutri-Grain Series”.
There were about 25,000 competitors from around the world competing in about 25 sports with the Games held every four years. The next will be in Japan in 2021.