Nippers ready to take on Queensland’s best
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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Looking forward: Finn Devine-Cameron, Simon Kramer, Eliza Markham, Alison Munroe and Harry Goodman are off to the Gold Coast for state surf championships