ARRIVING at school with their backpacks on, a surfboard under their arm and ready to swap their uniform for a wetsuit at a moment’s notice, this group of talented girls has been surfing together at Newhaven College for a number of years and are now taking all before them.
Regular after school coaching with former World Tour surfer Glyndon Ringrose, as well as weekly timetabled sport sessions in the waves have helped them score a string of recent successes.
Year 8 student Sage Goldsbury is the current Under 14 Australian Girls Surfing Champion, with Sophie Fletcher (Year 12) and Poppy Corbett (Year 7) having just recently secured 2017 Victorian Titles in their age divisions.
Together, Sophie and Sage along with Lannia Fostin and Daisy Corbett (both Year 10) recently won the Victorian Independent Schools Girls Team Title for 2017.
All seven girls have won the annual schools ‘Girlsurf’ contest held at Point Leo for a number of years in succession.
Remarkably, five of these girls, Sophie, Daisy, Lannia, Poppy and Sage, will make up half of the Victorian Female Team for the Australian Titles in NSW later in the year, a testament to the top class ability that these young athletes possess.
Finally, and perhaps most happily for the girls, they beat a student team of boys, a team of College teachers, and a team of their parents to win the 2017 Newhaven College Challenge Cup!
Head of Newhaven College’s Surfing Academy, Andy Neal, was gracious in defeat.
“While the teachers’ team certainly went out to try and win, we have no qualms at all being beaten by the girls.
“They are such a talented and hard working group that they deserve every success that comes to them… but we will certainly try harder to knock them off their throne next year.”