North Qld Nippers up with the best at titles
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