Ironwoman Brooke wins championship
SURF LIFE SAVING: Brooke Wacker is all smiles again after adding yet another championship to her 2009 season and there is no doubt that her surf skills will spill over into 2010 – she is just that good.
This season the 14-year-old has battled through each surf life saving competition with force and last weekend’s South Pacific Championships was no exception.
The Emu Park surf life saver returned from Kirra Beach with first place in the under-14 ironwoman event, second in the surf race, third in the 50m swim with fins and second in the 100m obstacle.
Her quadruple win was no surprise to her coach Ted McLeod who said Wacker had lifted her game this season and improved immensely.
“She is a strong swimmer and has got really good on the board and if you put the two of them together it suits the iron woman event fairly well,” he said.
“This season she has done really well in the carnivals, and I know the south pacific carnival has all the top competitors.”
Wacker also represented the Queensland Country side for the inter-branch Country Championships on December 12.
“She didn’t do quite as well as she did last weekend, but the ones that beat her in the country carnival, she beat at the South Pacific Championships,” he said.
McLeod said the different surf conditions at the country carnival didn’t suit her.
“If anything Brooke goes better in a strong sea, still water doesn’t suit her,” he said.
“When the water is a bit more calm it suits the pool swimmers, but Brooke is a strong swimmer and she can get through the rougher waters.”
McLeod said Brooke’s big goal now was the state titles at Emu Park in April.
Wacker joined a handful of other local competitors that made the trip for the South Pacific Championships.
Liam Rayfield, who also recently had success at still water state titles, took out the 50m swim with fins and the 100m obstacle race.
Miranda Bell continued to compete at a top level to claim the open surf race with her twin, Sam Bell, claiming second in the open 100m rescue medley.