Junior pair to fly flag for WA at nationals
Albany young guns Pemba Spargo and Evie Dupuy will represent WA later this year at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles in New South Wales, having earned qualification on the State team in the third and final round of the WA Junior Surfing Titles last weekend.
Spargo and Dupuy were joined by fellow Albany surfer Holly Minter at the third round of the series held at Flatrocks in Geraldton, after earlier events were contested at Margaret River and Trigg.
Competing in the under-18 junior girls’ division, Spargo progressed to the five-person final in Geraldton and narrowly missed out on a round victory, with her score of 11.03 out of a possible 20 bettered only by Coral Durant.
Durant finished with 14.84 to edge out Spargo, while Arabelle Gibson (10.34) was third and Emma Cattlin (8.74) was fourth.
Cattlin, however, prevailed in the overall series standings to be crowned State champion, winning a tie over Durant after they both collected 3720 points.
Dupuy completed a terrific three rounds to claim third spot, with 3460 points while Spargo finished in fourth spot on 2830 points. That performance was enough for Dupuy and Spargo to earn selection on the WA team for the national titles, which begin in November at Culburra.
In the under-16 cadet girls’ division, Minter reached the final last weekend but could only manage a score of 5.84 to place fourth behind Cattlin (14.6), Durant (11.04) and Maddie Cawood (8.27). It was an impressive effort, though, for Minter to compete in the final and she was sixth overall in the series points, while Spargo was fourth in that under-16 State title race.
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