SWANSEA-BELMONT'S Danielle Radford has returned from injury in time to co-captain the Hunter team at the upcoming NSW Interbranch Championships and Surf Boat Championships.
The 20-year-old ski and ironwoman specialist fought her way back into the team after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament playing netball in June.
Radford said she was thrilled to captain the Hunter surf lifesaving team for the second year running after impressing selectors at the selection trial at Stockton earlier this season.
"I love the sport so much. I made sure I did everything the doctors wanted me to do to get through the rehab program so I could compete," she said.
Radford will co-captain the Hunter with Swansea-Belmont teammate Sam Earp.
Swansea-Belmont boasts 11 members in the 42-person Hunter squad, just one less than Catherine Hill Bay with 12.
Also in the team are Redhead's Isak Costello and Isaac Morgan, who have just returned from the Surf Life Saving World Titles in Glenelg, Adelaide.
Morgan returns to the water after a stellar campaign at the titles, where he won the under-19 men's surf board race.
Hunter competitors also hoping to continue their good form are Cooks Hill athlete Hamish Lorang, who finished fifth in the under-19 beach sprint, and Merewether's Kieran Gordon, who finished eighth.
The NSW Interbranch Championships and Boat Championships will be held at Blackhead, Forster, on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9.