Hunter lifesavers rewarded at Scarborough Beach Australian Surf Lifesaving Titles

THE Hunter's best athletes struck gold at Scarborough Beach's Australian Surf Lifesaving Titles.

Swansea-Belmont continued its form as the region's leading club on the overall open point score, finishing in 10th.

Redhead finished 13th, Catherine Hill Bay in 44th, Cooks Hill in 63rd and Caves Beach in 78th.

Individually, Newcastle had plenty to cheer about.

Redhead's Stewart McLachlan tore apart the open men's field to take back-to-back board crowns.

Swansea-Belmont's Angela Leadbeatter successfully defended the open female beach run.

Her clubmate Justin McMorland backed up last year's swim title with gold in the under-17 male board, while Jye Lehman from Catherine Hill Bay won the under-15 male board.

Redhead's Daniel Collins was perhaps the stand-out competitor for the region, winning under-17 ironman, swim and tube races.

Goldhunters included Redhead's Isak Costello and Collins (under-19), Swansea-Belmont's Hannah Trypas and Renee Gregory (under-19) and Catherine Hill Bay's Lily Costello and Rhianna Kevill (under-15).