FREMANTLE’S surf lifesaving nippers defied expectations to pull out a second in the state championships on the weekend, helped by a remarkable effort from one of its competitors.
Ellie Fry hauled in no less than six gold and three bronze medals, earning her champion lifesaver for female under-12s.
Club member Matt Elliiot said Ellie’s effort showed the club’s focus on developing its nippers program was paying off.
While its bursting at the seams with youngsters, Fremantle was not considered a major contender at the weekend, with the posh norther suburbs clubs more fancied.
Mr Elliot said clubs such as Trigg and Mullaloo also had the advantage of training regularly in the rough conditions the championships were fought in.
Over in Brentwood, former Footscray footy champion Jim Sewell will be watching daughter Nicole defending the club’s state league title this weekend.
With the league titles being held at the Blue Gum Tennis Club for the first time in a decade, Ms Sewell will go in as its first-ranked player. She’s previously reached 107 in world rankings for doubles.
The women’s team has been top of the ladder throughout the season and are favourites to defend their crown.