The competition was as hot as the weather on day two of the 2018 Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships.
More than 1,600 nippers from across the state are lining up at Alexandra Headland to contest the annual three-day event.
SLSQ sport manager Stuart Hogben said another day of brilliant conditions provided a perfect setting for some incredible action.
“We are seeing some really intense competition, and there have been a number of clubs that are doing really well,” Mr Hogben said.
“Of course there is the traditional rivalry between the Gold and Sunshine Coast clubs that has been playing out, with Maroochydore, Alex Heads, Currumbin and Northcliffe showing their strength in both the individual and team events.
“But it’s also been great to see clubs like Tannum Sands really putting it to their southern counterparts and making several appearances on the winner’s podium,” he said.
It was a massive second day for the Tannum Sands nippers, clenching 5 medals to take their total to 7 so far. The U12 boys took gold in the surf board relay (making it two years in a row for that event) and silver in the Cameron relay, with the U13 girls racing home for gold in the beach relay. Peyton Craig walked away with a bronze medal in the U13 male beach flags, adding to his gold medal from day one in the 1km beach run. Taj Andrews also secured bronze in the U12 male beach flags.
Other regional clubs also tasted success, with Bundaberg celebrating gold for their U15 boys in the beach relay, silver for Marianna Konopka in the U15 female beach sprint, and bronze for Ky Woods in the U15 male beach flags. Neighbouring club Elliott Heads saw Kobi Holden pick up bronze in the U11 male surf race, adding to his bronze medal won in the surf board rescue event on day one.
The North Queensland Branch team scored their first medal of the Championships, with Oliver Lukin claiming bronze in the U14 male 2km beach run.
The North Barrier Branch team also picked up another couple of medals, with Lauren Nugent winning silver in the U15 female 2km beach run, and the U15 boys taking bronze in the beach relay.
Celebrations continued for Currumbin, who picked up another 9 medals on day two to take their total to 25. Ellie Beer scored double gold in the U15 female beach flags and beach sprint, while the U14 boys won gold in the Cameron relay and bronze in the surf team event. The U12 boys also tasted success, securing gold in the Cameron relay and silver in the surf board relay. It was a sweet end to the U11 female surf race for the club, with Milla Jansen scooping gold and clubmate Ava Usher taking bronze.
Kurrawa continued their strong run, taking out 8 medals on day two. Mia Marks scored gold in the U14 female 2km beach run and Tahli Devine claimed gold in the U13 female beach sprint. Fraser Toon scooped double silver in the U15 male beach flags and beach sprint, and Brayden Mercer bagged silver in the U14 male 2km beach sprint. The U13 girls grabbed silver in the beach relay and the U14 girls also got silver in the surf team event.
It was a stellar day two for Metropolitan Caloundra, picking up 6 medals. The U12 girls scored double gold in the surf board relay and surf team events, as well as silver in the Cameron relay. The U13 boys claimed gold in the beach relay, and the U14 boys did well to clench silver in the U14 surf team and bronze in the Cameron relay.
Sunshine Beach finished fifth overall at last year’s championships, and claimed 7 medals on day two. There was great success for the U14 girls, taking out gold and bronze in both the surf board relay and surf team events, as well as silver in the Cameron relay and bronze in the surf board rescue. The U12 girls also had cause for celebration, winning gold in the Cameron relay.
“Heading in to the last day of the Championships we’re expecting the good conditions to continue. There will be a big high tide, which will provide a great opportunity for people to come down and view the events across the day, including the always popular Iron finals,” Mr Hogben said.
The action will continue on the third and final day of competition tomorrow, where reigning champions and host club Alex Heads will be looking to back up their success by winning back-to-back championships.