Alexandra Headland get sixth title in a row
SURFING: A valiant effort from Alexandra Headland’s female lifesavers has helped the club to secure a remarkable sixth state board riding title in a row.
The Coast club has always been a dominant force in the championships, however, their fight for a sixth consecutive points title was taken right down to the wire at the Gold Coast on the weekend.
Alexandra Headland board riding captain Vinnie Jason said the group headed into the final day of surfing trailing the leaders by 13 points.
“We’ve never been behind or in a predicament like that before,” he said.
“It was tough and probably the hardest field I think there’s been during the past six years at the state titles.”
However, the club soared to a big finish thanks to the efforts of Millie Allwood (U15 silver), Summer Rolston (U15 gold), Tyla Dickey (U19 bronze) and Sammy Lee (U19 and open women’s gold).
“Our girls in the team really carried us,” Jason said.
“We ended up wining by 11 points. It was a massive turnaround and didn’t expect it.”
He was particularly impressed with Lee’s efforts.
“She (Lee) just dominated. She has probably been one of the biggest improvers in our whole team in the last six years,” he said.
“It was the first time we’d won a gold in the open women as well. So she did it at the right time.”|
Other winners from the weekend include Dicky Beach’s Megan Mackie who won the over 40 women’s division, Bruce Dunne (Coolum) in the over 40 men’s, Kirra Molnar (Noosa Heads) in the open female Malibu and Jack Lewis (Noosa Heads) in open male and 30-39.
Meanwhile, in the juniors, Xnnex Holmstrom (Kawana Waters) won the U12 male class and Braxon Holmstrom (Kawana Waters) won the U14. Toby Andrews (Coolum Beach) was successful in the U15 male and Liana Walsh (Coolum Beach) was triumphant in the U17 female.
CHAMP: Alexandra Headland surf lifesaver Sammy Lee won the Open Women's Short Board and U19 female gold at the state board riding championships.