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Broome Surf Life Saving Club Women’s team wins Gold in State Titles

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Rebecca Famlonga, Carrie Selten, Peter Selten, Joanna Fox and Emma Dearing.
Camera IconRebecca Famlonga, Carrie Selten, Peter Selten, Joanna Fox and Emma Dearing. Credit: Facebook

The Broome Surf Life Saving Club Women’s team have brought home glory after winning gold at the WA Surf Life Saving Championships by a hair’s-breadth.

On March 12, the small-town team went head to head with some of the biggest and the best surf life-saving clubs from across WA at Perth’s Scarborough Beach with the tenacious country team besting 14 other clubs to take home the gold.

Behind in the opening of the 350m Reserve Boat event, the Broome Heat pulled out all the stops to push themselves to the front of the pack, remaining neck and neck with the North Cottesloe Impact team right up until they rowed over the finish line.

The Broome team, which has tried for the gold in the state title division three times before, had their dedication pay off after a tense post-race moment waiting for the judge to hand down his decision.

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Team Captain Peter Selten said the team cried as they were announced as the gold medal winners after beating their opponents by literally millimetres.

“It was absolutely exhilarating,” he said.

“We just went berserk on the beach. It’s great to see the underdogs come away with the goods.”

But that wasn’t the only medal the Broome Heat team brought home with the side also taking away an additional gold medal in the Country Open Female division and a silver medal in the Masters 160+ division.

Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna, who was among those who sponsored the crew, said she was delighted with the team’s win.

“I am so proud to have been a sponsor for the Broome Heat team from Broome Surf Life Saving Club who triumphed over 14 other crews to win gold in the WA State Championships Reserve Women’s final after years of dedication and hard work,” she said.

“Massive congratulations to Jo, Bec, Carrie, and Emma together with boat captain Peter. I am so happy for you and proud of your stellar performance.”

But the Broome Heat aren’t finished yet with the crew already back on the beach, preparing to storm the national Australian Surf Life Saving Championships held in Perth from March 25 to April 2.

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