The action continued on day two of the Queensland Surf Life Saving Youth Championships at Maroochydore Beach on the Sunshine Coast.
While the majority of races were heats and qualifying events for finals on Sunday, there were still a number of medals handed out.
Host-club Maroochydore took out the under-11 female surf board rescue and male beach flags, while also claiming gold in the under-12 male Cameron relay and male surf team.
Sunshine Beach continued its winning ways from day one, with Zack Brewer, Maverick Pettigrove and Jonty Redwood teaming up to win gold in the under-14 surf board relay before being joined by club-mate Tom O’Connor to take out the under-14 Cameron relay.
Success was shared around amongst the local clubs, with the likes of Kawana Waters, Noosa Heads and Dicky Beach also taking home gold.
Lily Dobbie from Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park took out the under-11 female beach flags, while Matthew Blanch, Kye Harris and Jake Marek delivered the club another gold medal in the under-12 surf board relay.
North Barrier continued its strong form from yesterday with Tom Lyons winning the under-13 male beach flags and Lauren Nugent placing second in the under-12 1km beach run.
As always, Northcliffe made its presence felt, taking out the under-14 cameron relay, and the under-15 male and female surf team races.
It is proving to be a historic few days for Mudjimba, with the club winning its first ever individual medal at a youth state championships yesterday when Axel Hunter placed third in the 1km beach run. There was further joy for team today when Tyler Gordon claimed bronze in the under-13 male beach flags, and the club won its first ever female medal in its championship history with a silver in the under-11 beach relay.
Mudjimba coach Todd McSwan was overjoyed with how the small club had performed on the big stage.
“Our kids are obviously making some milestones as a small club. Whether you’re a big club or a small club, an event like this requires a whole team effort, so the parents are digging in, the coaches are digging in and the kids are definitely digging in,” he said.
“We put a pretty large emphasis on being as loud as we can, because we are quite small in numbers. We try to make sure that we’re as loud in volume as possible to make up for it, and the kids get right behind that so it’s an awesome experience for them.
“To actually get some success in your local region is always pretty exciting. The local clubs in particular really get behind us as a smaller club, so the bigger teams have been really fantastic in supporting us. To be able to do what we’ve done on Maroochydore Beach is very exciting – it’s great for Mudjimba and great for the Sunshine Coast in general,” he said.
SLSQ sports manager Stuart Hogben said it had been another great day of competition.
“There was a little increase in the swell, but overall conditions were still idea for this level of competition,” he said.
“It’s great to see so many kids out there competing, but also having fun at the same time. Our regional clubs have performed exceptionally well which has also been wonderful to see, and certainly shows that our sport is in a healthy place at the moment,” he said.
The action continues from 8am tomorrow morning for the final day of competition.