The action continued on day two of the 2019 Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships, with hundreds of competitors battling it out in a range of events across the day.
A sprinkling of rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of Queensland’s fittest and fastest lifesavers, who put their skills to the ultimate test in their quest for state glory.
The day saw some of the sport’s top competitors line up in the Ironman and Ironwoman heats including the likes of Shannon Eckstein, Matt Poole, Courtney Hancock, Georgia Miller, Lana Rogers, and Brielle Cooper.
Kurrawa’s Matt Bevilacqua looked in ominous form as he cruised through to win his ironman heat and successfully book a spot in Sunday morning’s semi-finals.
However, the 2015 champion is expecting some tough racing on the final day of action.
“I’d love a win in the iron this weekend – my first real win in the opens was a Queensland state iron title a few years ago,” he said.
“It was good to have heats this morning, and have a chance to get used to the course and get used to the conditions here at Broadbeach.
“But it’s another story altogether come tomorrow; those finals are 200 percent of what these heats are, and it’ll be game on,” Bevilacqua said.
Meanwhile, Noosa’s reigning Australian champion Lana Rogers comfortably took out her semi to book a spot in Sundays’ ironwoman final.
“I got second in the surf belt yesterday and was super happy with that, and everything’s going really well, and I’m feeling fit and fresh so we’ll see how we end up on Sunday,” Rogers said after her race.
LIVESTREAM: Head to SLSQ’s Facebook page tomorrow morning to watch a livestream of all finals’ action including the ironman and ironwoman.
Northcliffe has taken out the overall point score at the past 14 Queensland Championships and their class continued to shine through across the day, with the club recording wins in a number of events including the Open Female Surf Board Relay, Surf Ski Relay, and Surf Team, amongst others.
On the sand, the beach sprints and flags were shaping as a two-way showdown between Kurrawa and Currumbin and the action didn’t disappoint, with honors split across the day.
Currumbin’s Kieran Gordon took out the Open Male Beach Sprint ahead of Kurrawa duo Conor Loughnan and Jason Gough.
Meanwhile, in the Open Female Beach Sprint final, Kurrawa’s Bree Masters stormed home to win back-to-back titles ahead of young-gun Ellie Beer and Elizabeth Forsyth, both from Currumbin.
Masters was stoked with the win, saying it came off the back of a tough block of training in recent months.
“I’m so honored to take out the state win today; it’s one that I’ve been aiming for as we come into the end of the season and I’ve been really working my butt off,” she said.
“I just wanted to get a great start, and usually my starts aren’t the greatest, but I was really happy with that one and I just came home the whole way.
“The back end of my race has always been one of the stronger parts and, overall, it was a great race and I’m so happy.
“We’re up against such a tough bunch of girls, and it’s always great to race the best of the business here in Queensland,” she said.
Kurrawa’s Jason Gough took out the Open Male Beach Flags, while Currumbin’s Elizabeth Forsyth claimed her third straight win in the Open Female division.
Forsyth said it was great to get the win against a quality field of athletes.
“It was super tough racing out there again, like it always is up here. Queensland’s very competitive, especially in the opens, there are a lot of girls out there who are really talented, so it was really good to get that win today,” Forsyth said.
Surf boat action saw Coolum win the Under-19 male final, with Dicky Beach winning the women’s.
Tallebudgera took out the Under-23 female surf boat final and Alexandra Headland reigned supreme in the men’s, with open action to come on Sunday.
In one of the most grueling events on the program, Jack Adams from Nobby’s Beach won the open male 2km beach run and Kurrawa’s Bay Wildin-Snedden won the women’s division.
For a full list of results, please click here.
The action wraps up on Sunday for the third and final day of the 2019 Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships.
LIVESTREAM THE ACTION: Don’t forget to head to SLSQ’s Facebook page to livestream all the finals action from 8am onwards.