North Coast Branch lifesavers Aoife Carey, Cloe Nolan, Hayley Fischer and Olissa Onley have been identified as surf sport athletes to keep an eye on.
North Coast Branch lifesavers Aoife Carey, Cloe Nolan, Hayley Fischer and Olissa Onley have been identified as surf sport athletes to keep an eye on.

Four North Coast surfer girls tipped for big things on beach

FOUR of the rising stars of North Coast Branch Surf Life Saving used free time in school holidays to prepare for the summer competitive season.

Hayley Fischer, Olissa Onley and Cloe Nolan of Coffs Harbour SLSC joined Urunga's Aoife Carey to perfect their skills at the at the NSW Junior Development Academy on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

The program identifies the leading junior athletes and the Coffs Coast kids are following the same pathway that led Sawtell's Courtney Hancock to international success in surf sport.

Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Development Officer, Mikaela Mew, said the exercise is important to ensure the future of surf sports in NSW.

"The junior development program is one of the most successful and longest running programs Surf Life Saving NSW offers to its members," Mikaela said.

"This program exposes athletes from around NSW to some of the best coaching and sport science testing around.

"Over the years it's helped young up and coming athletes go on to compete and represent teams at the highest level possible and I have no doubt that some of these athletes will follow that same path."