Surf life savers train at Lake Barrine
YOUNG members of the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club headed up to the Tablelands over the weekend to train for the State Championships.
Normally held at Lake Tinaroo, this year the club members trained at Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine because Lake Tinaroo is still too low.
“Such awesome surroundings to train in, plus the cooler temperature, just add to the enjoyment. No stingers or hot water to deal with,” said junior activities chairman Grant Knight.
This year the championships will be held at Hervey Bay from February 17 to 19. Nippers from Port Douglas will join other top junior lifesavers from Ellis Beach, Cairns, Mission Beach and Etty Bay surf clubs to compete as North Queensland.
In all, 1300 nippers from around Queensland will compete in surf rescue and resuscitation, surf races, board races, beach sprints, beach flags, surf swims, beach relays, ironman and ironwoman events.
Mr Knight explained the training camp wasn’t just for the nippers. “Senior and master members also training hard for the weekend.
“Each Session involved a swim, board paddle, followed by a ski, ages ranging from 10 – 60-plus years old. No one misses out.”
Mr Knight said club captain John Goodman approaches his role with enthusiasm. “His expertise is something he loves to share.
“We can’t forget the mums and wives of the kids and clubbies, who always have food aplenty after a fun and busy training session.”
Mr Knight encouraged people to join the SLSC.
“PD SLSC always has plenty happening throughout the year, from surf carnivals and social events, to reef trips and more.
“It is awesome value with club skis and boards available for members to use, and a fantastic way to keep fit and gain extra skills.
“If you would like to know more about the club, come and see us at the sport expo on Saturday the 4th of February in Port Douglas. Even better, come and sign up with us on our sign up day, Sunday April 23. It’s a great sport that the whole family can become involved in.”
Training on the Tablelands for the Youth State titles