Nip­pers ready to take on Queens­land’s best

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - RICHARD KOSER

THERE has to be an eas­ier way to get to MovieWorld than get­ting up at 4.30am four days a week to swim for miles, and then back­ing up in the af­ter­noon to drag logs along the beach.

For five lo­cal young­sters, how­ever, it’s the only way.

Surf club ju­niors Finn Devine-Cameron, El­iza Markham, Ali­son Mun­roe, Harry Good­man and Si­mon Kramer have been train­ing non-stop for more than 12 months, and their hard work has paid off.

They have been se­lected as part of the North Queens­land zone team to head to the Gold Coast later this month for Surf Life­sav­ing Queens­land’s ju­nior state cham­pi­onships.

Colin Cameron, the Un­der-12 age man­ager for the zone team, said the train­ing regime for the ju­niors was “bru­tal”.

“I can’t be­lieve how fit these kids are,” he said.

“They’ve been train­ing non-stop since the start of last year.

“They get up four times a week, swim for three and half kilo­me­tres, and then we train three af­ter­noons a week as well.

“By the end of a train­ing session, I’m stuffed.

“I can barely breathe, but they’re still talk­ing away like noth­ing’s hap­pened. “Their abil­ity to re­cover is in­cred­i­ble.” De­spite be­ing one of the smaller clubs in the north Queens­land zone, the Port Dou­glas club has man­aged to in­crease rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the team from two to five since last year.

Mr Cameron said the hard­est part wouldn’t be cop­ing with very dif­fer­ent con­di­tions, but the fact that south­ern teams had com­peted through the sum­mer.

“Down south, they’re just com­ing to the end of their sea­son, so they’re all at the peak of their fit­ness.

“The hard­est part is, we can’t swim in the ocean at this time of year so we have to get cre­ative with our train­ing,” Mr Cameron said.

“We’ve been pad­dling in Moss­man Gorge, up at Quaid’s dam, at the wa­ter park in Smith­field.

“The kids seem to love it though, and at the end there’s the trip to MovieWorld to look for­ward to.

“That’s all they’re talk­ing about mo­ment.”

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High hopes: net­baller An­gela Pringle

Look­ing for­ward: Finn Devine-Cameron, Si­mon Kramer, El­iza Markham, Ali­son Mun­roe and Harry Good­man are off to the Gold Coast for state surf cham­pi­onships

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