Nip­pers in state ti­tle

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - MIKE ED­WARDS

SEVEN Nip­pers from the Port Dou­glas Surf Life­sav­ing Club headed off yes­ter­day to the state cham­pi­onships in Ma­roochy­dore with the dream of mak­ing the Queens­land team.

Mia Devine-cameron and Mitchell Knight (Un­der-11), Harry Good­man (Un­der12), Al­li­son Munro, Eliza Markham, Si­mon Kramer and Finn Devine-cameron (Un­der13) will be part of the 47-strong North Queens­land Branch team rep­re­sent­ing the five Far North Queens­land clubs from Etty Bay, Mis­sion Beach, El­lis Beach, Cairns and Port Dou­glas.

Teams from the length of the Queens­land coast will be com­pet­ing at the cham­pi­onships which run for three days from Fri­day.

The North Queens­land clubs are the only ones in the state that have a win­ter sea­son for com­pe­ti­tion and train­ing be­cause of the stingers and are al­ways at a dis­ad­van­tage com­pared to their south­ern com­peti­tors.

“We are com­pet­ing out of sea­son so we have to train in the pool and we do a lit­tle board train­ing at the ski park at Smith­field,” Port Dou­glas club pres­i­dent and team man­ager Brian Markham said.

“Our kids up here are known as all-rounders, we don’t spe­cialise at this age like some of the south­ern clubs.”

Over the three-day event, the Nip­pers will com­pete in flags, sprints, board and swim events with up to 100 com­peti­tors in each event spread over seven or eight heats.

“Last year one of our kids was cho­sen as com­peti­tor of the car­ni­val, which we were pretty proud of,” Markham said.

“The south­ern clubs are very com­pet­i­tive with a lot of money in­volved but up here it’s still fun for us and as long as the kids have a good time and try hard that’s okay.”

Markham said the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the Nip­pers to make the team was pretty hot be­cause they know go­ing to the cham­pi­onships is a great trip.

The team will be vis­it­ing Dream­world on the way back to Bris­bane for some fun and games be­fore fly­ing back home.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

High hopes: Mitchell Knight, Eliza Markham, Si­mon Kramer, Ali­son Munro, Mia Devine-cameron and Harry Good­man

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