Alexan­dra Head­land get sixth ti­tle in a row

Sunshine Coast Daily - - LOCAL SPORT - – Tom Thread­ing­ham

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.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

CHAMP: Alexan­dra Head­land surf life­saver Sammy Lee won the Open Women's Short Board and U19 fe­male gold at the state board rid­ing cham­pi­onships.

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