North Qld Nip­pers up with the best at ti­tles

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

NORTH Queens­land’s nip­pers have brought home gold, sil­ver and bronze from Surf Life Sav­ing Queens­land’s (SLSQ) Youth State Cham­pi­onships at Her­vey Bay.

SLSQ North Queens­land Branch Youth State team man­ager Alex Rogers said the team put in a strong ef­fort in the ocean and on the beach when they com­peted against 1500 nip­pers from across the State on Fe­bru­ary 17-19.

“Our team of 34 ju­nior life­savers came 19th out of 45 teams or 15th on hand­i­cap which con­sid­ers the size of the teams,” he said. Medals went to: U14 Boys - Beach Sprint Re­lay - 1st

Ben Jones / Oliver Ku­rukchi / Zac Tabuai / Kenji Thomas U14 Boys - Surf Race - 3rd Zac Tabuai U13 Girls - 1km Beach Run - 2nd Lila Horobin U13 Girls - Surf Race 2nd Lila Horobin U13 Girls - Board Res­cue - 3rd

Sena Naka­jima / Anas­ta­sia Wyn­berg

Mr Rogers said the North Queens­land team drew on nip­pers from Port Dou­glas, El­lis Beach, Cairns, Mis­sion Beach and Etty Bay surf clubs who had to train out of sea­son to com­pete in the Cham­pi­onships.

“Pe­tra Dunn gen­er­ously of­fers the Ca­ble Ski Park at Smith­field each year so the team can work to­gether to stay fit and train on their boards safely in the wa­ter,” he said.

“The re­sult is a hard­ened team of ath­letes who have ded­i­cated months of train­ing in ad­verse con­di­tions and their strength and en­durance is noted by the south­ern clubs.

“We rely on the sup­port from our com­mu­nity to achieve these goals and thank our spon­sors McDon­alds Restau­rants, Clifton BP, Port Dou­glas Med­i­cal, Quick­sil­ver Group and Coral Coast Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, NQ Promo Works for as­sist­ing with uni­forms plus the many tourism op­er­a­tors from Port Dou­glas to Cairns who have kindly do­nated raf­fle prizes so the kids can fundraise.”

The sprint win­ners

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