Jock Athletic takes on Rescue 2014
In these big sporting events, it's rare that it all goes perfectly to plan. For Wanda Surf Club, it started out perfectly, with Melissa Campbell crossing the line 1st and streeting the field in both her age division (35-40years) and the younger age group in the Masters 2km beach run! The crowd of over 500 gave her a great cheer and clap as she came across the line and formed a guard of honour as she walked through to the marshaling with a huge smile on her face. Alas this was short lived, seeing Melissa and second place Ruth disqualified for a minor technicality that had absolutely no bearing on the result, and the harsh reality of sport and life came through. Sometimes it's just not fair and common sense is replaced by something else. The crime - turning around a single flag the wrong direction at the 1km mark, which was not explained at the start, nor was it marshalled and nor did it make 1 iota of difference.
There were over 130 competitors for the men’s race which got split into 3 heats of 45, with only 15 going through to the final in each heat. Jock and John Woods had to go all out to make it through to the final where they both came I the top 30 2 hours later. In an ironman performance Woodsey had to jog to the Surf swim final that was waiting for him as soon as he finished his 2km run heat!
What I ask form my athletes is to give it everything until after the finish line. Ali Najem stormed home feeling dizzy for the last 200m of the 2km and almost pinched the race from the Canadian. When he came over the line he collapsed and his brother had to drag him off the course. That is what we talk about when we mention will to win and mental toughness, telling your body it's going to do more than it wants, and then doing it.
Young Johnny Woods did exceptionally well for his first year against the big boys, coming up from the U19’s, making the final of the Surf Swim, 2km run and placing 22nd in the 100m obstacle swim. We are expecting big things from him in the future. .
Surf lifesaving World Titles, we're not finished with you, we'll be back soon. Well done chaps from a very proud, but not quite satisfied coach.