The action continued on Day Two of Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) 2014 North Australian Championships at Habour Beach in Mackay, where more than 500 athletes from Port Douglas to Hervey Bay have converged to compete.
The focus was on the beach today as junior, senior and masters athletes competed in some of the sport’s most popular events across the beach, board, swim and ski disciplines.
While some events saw athletes racing to secure a place in tomorrow’s finals, all of the masters events and the majority of the team and junior beach events were run as finals today.
In the junior division, Arcadian put in a strong performance across the relay events including wins in the under-12 and under-13 Cameron relays, they also shone in the junior beach flags with more than half a dozen podium finishes.
With 78 competitors, Townsville Picnic Bay is fielding one of the largest teams in the competition.
Team Manager and Australian team Assistant Coach, Wade Sinclair said that the North Australians is the highlight of their competition year.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity. The twenty odd years it’s been around it has been the premier event for us. We don’t have as many kids go to State titles due to cost so having a large scale carnival like this, close to Townsville is perfect for us,” he explained.
The club performed particularly well in the senior division today and Sinclair said they are well positioned for tomorrow.
“A lot of our young guys stepped up today and raced in a couple of the open events; they took out the Open Board Relay and they’ve down well in their own board rescues and the open board rescues. The open women have done well too,” he said.
“Of the finals that have been run we’ve done exceptionally well, we’re really happy with where we are. We’ve got a lot of kids in finals tomorrow… a lot of them for their first ever finals so we’re pretty excited about that and we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”
The day concluded in spectacular fashion with all bar two clubs fielding colour parties or full teams in the traditional march past event.
Tomorrow promises to be a full day of action including the blue ribbon events; sprint finals, Open Ironman, Open Ironwoman and the Taplin Relay.