With all the excitement around the GSS awards being announced last week it was easy to forget about what ended up being the last race of the season, the exciting GSS Pacific Championships.
After having to postpone the GSS Pacific Championships from February due to poor weather conditions, the race was welcomed by good conditions at North Curl Curl on the rescheduled date. Ollie Signorini highlighted his great form in taking out not only the 1.5km event, but also the 3.8km distance which he covered in a tick over 50 minutes, a good 5 minutes ahead of Carl Sorensen in second. Earlier in the season Ollie took out the Newport Pool to Peak Ocean Swim as well as the 3 Points Challenge Ocean Swim also held at North Curl Curl, plus a number of other events. Most notably he was a gold medalist at the Surf Race held at this year’s Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, so it has been a stellar season for the youngster.
Abbey Cooper was the first female to cross the line in the 1.5km swim to be crowned Pacific Champion, just ahead of Bronte Sloan in second. In the 3.8km event, Camille Reed was the winner, despite admitting she had a less than optimal preparation after over indulging in Easter holidays. She beat Diana Ramirez home, who was actually happy the original race date was moved, as she was able to get some more training in.
Overall it was great day with plenty of people ticking off their bucket list, especially over the 3.8km distance.