Surf lifesavers head­ing for Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

BEACH­GO­ERS can ex­pect a spec­tac­u­lar show of skill this week­end as the Port Dou­glas Surf Life Sav­ing Club hosts its 2012 surf sports carnival on Four Mile Beach.

Com­peti­tors from seven years of age up to 60-plus from as far south as Townsville will bat­tle it out on the beach be­gin­ning at mid­day on Satur­day.

Spec­ta­tors will no doubt wit­ness what will ul­ti­mately be a closely fought tus­sle be­tween the Far North’s two big­gest surf life sav­ing clubs, Cairns and El­lis Beach.

But Port Dou­glas is expected to be com­pet­i­tive with its home ground ad­van­tage and the sup­port of friends and fam­ily.

Port Dou­glas com­peti­tors ex­pe­ri­enced some ex­pert coach­ing in the lead up to the carnival from level two surf coach Rhett Col­lie of the Metropoli­tan Caloun­dra Surf Life Sav­ing Club and cur­rent Aus­tralian Open Iron­woman cham­pion Re­becca Creedy.

A num­ber of mem­bers from Nip­pers to masters were put through the paces to buff up their skills in race starts, fin­ishes, on the board and on the surf ski.

While not com­pet­ing this year, club pres­i­dent Michael Bolt said all club mem­bers have been train­ing hard for the event.

“With the in­tro­duc­tion of the 60-plus cat­e­gory, Steve Pol­lard should prove to be the per­son to beat.”

With in­ti­mate knowl­edge of Four Mile Beach, Port Dou­glas com­peti­tors are hop­ing to outdo their re­cent per­for­mance at Mis­sion Beach.

Ready for any­thing: Con­ner McNiel, Josh Lukin, Mitchell Knight, Che Innes, Iron­woman cham­pion Re­becca Creedy, Jack John­ston and Finn Stan­away

Board bud­dies: Bj Mcleod, Hamish Far­row

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