Surf skills on show
IT IS time for Port Douglas Surf Lifesaving Club members to put their training to the test and show off their skills in this weekend’s North Queensland branch championships.
From Under-8s to Masters, clubs from Port Douglas, Cairns, Ellis Beach and Mission Beach will be heading to Etty Bay’s home surf on Saturday to prove they are the Far North’s top lifesavers.
Nippers president Brian Markham said the local team has been getting serious in training with the completion of other sporting commitments.
“Training has increased in the swimming now football, netball and all the other sports are finished, so they can concentrate solely on their swimming,” he said.
“It’s a bit hard getting them fully fit, we have got long seasons because we do winter club lifesaving and the southerners do summer.
“We have to train for around 10 months a year, so it’s a bit of a challenge but they do pretty well.
“We normally finish about third out of the five clubs, usually Ellis Beach or Cairns takes the honours because they have lots more kids.
“The events are a straight swim, board paddling, then we have an iron person event which is both board and swim.
“Then they do beach events, sprint races and what we call flags, where they lay on the ground, get up quick and turn across sand and dive on a piece of hose, which is the flag.”
After this branch competition, the Port Douglas Surf Lifesaving Club is off to the North Aussies championships at the end of the month before training begins for the state championships in March.
“The championships have evolved because the events are all the skills they need to be a lifesaver,” Brian said. “Get up quick, get on the board and paddle quick - it’s all evolved around lifesaving techniques.”