Port kids ready for surf assault
AFTER months of hard work and training, the finest crop of Port Douglas nippers will race for state glory when they head south to compete in Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Youth State Championships on the Gold Coast this month.
The Port Douglas nippers will join forces with other local surf clubs to compete under an overarching Far North Queensland banner.
Port Douglas, Ellis Beach, Cairns, Mission Beach and Etty Bay nippers will also join the ranks, forming a collective of 60 top junior lifesavers.
It has been a long journey this year for the team who, over the past four months, has undertaken a modified training regimen because of summer beach closures.
“There aren’t many waves up here and swimming in the ocean can be a real challenge at this time of year with crocodiles, box jellyfish and irukandji limiting all options to spend valuable time on and in the water,” said the team’s manager Colin Cameron.
But he said it would take a lot more than that to stop them from joining 1500 nippers from across the state aged 11-15.
“The kids are so excited to compete on the surf beaches of southern Queensland,” he said.
Mr Cameron said the juniors were hoping to repeat feats from last year’s championships where they took one silver and a bronze medal.
The 2016 Queensland Junior Surf Life Saving Championships will be held from March 11-13 at North Burleigh on the Gold Coast.
The championships feature a wide variety of surf lifesaving disciplines including surf res- cue and resuscitation, surf races, board races, beach sprints, beach flags, surf swims and beach relays.
SLSQ surf sports manager Stuart Hogben said it was pleasing to see strong representation from FNQ.
“The surf and swell they’ll face on the Gold Coast will be a fair bit different to the calmer conditions they’re used to training in, but the team’s taking it all in their stride and I’m sure they’ll be ready to go come race day,” he said.
“I’ve got no doubt they’ll be giving their southern counterparts a run for their money,” he said.
Port Douglas nippers are heading to the Gold Coast to compete in Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) Youth State Championships.