Surf life savers train at Lake Bar­rine

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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

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