The action continued to day two of the Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships at North Burleigh on the Gold Coast.
The bluebottles, which suspended competition late yesterday, had disappeared from the water overnight allowing competition to start on time and continue undisrupted across the day.
More than 1,750 nippers from all corners of the state are contesting the event, which remains the pinnacle sporting competition on SLSQ’s calendar for lifesavers aged 11 to 15 years old.
While the majority of races across the day were heats and qualifying events for tomorrow’s finals, there were still a number of medals handed out.
Hervey Bay picked up another gold medal when Brooke Lindford took out the under-11 beach flags, while Jayden Boreham from Kawana Waters won the under-11 male beach flags.
Dicky Beach won the under-11 female beach flags, with Currumbin taking out the male relay.
In the under-12 age group it was Emily Batten, representing North Barrier, who claimed gold in the beach flags ahead of Lily Dobbie from BHMP and Tayla Sykes from Mooloolaba. Meanwhile Letitia Fox from Noosa took out the beach sprint final. Noosa also tasted success in the team events, taking out the under-12 beach relay ahead of Mudjimba and Tweed Heads & Coolangatta.
It’s turning into a historic few days for Mudjimba, with the small club winning its first ever gold medal at these championships.
Mudjimba had never before stood atop of the podium at the Youth Championships, but that all changed yesterday when Euan Fisher, Tyler Gordon, Khyle Jones and Zeb Mackey stormed across the line to take gold in the under-14 beach relay.
Gordon Tyler continued to show his class on the sand, taking out a silver medal in the under-14 beach sprint and a bronze in the flags. Meanwhile, the club’s female sprinters teamed up to take out the under-12 female beach relay today behind Sunshine Coast rival Noosa Heads.
Mudjimba team manager Lindsay MacDonald-Clow said the club was on cloud nine after the first few days of competition.
“We’ve never won a gold medal at the State Championships before, so that’s obviously really exciting for us. Our first ever medal at this event was only a few years ago, and we’re still very much building at this level, so it’s been huge for us,” he said.
“It’s definitely been a successful couple of days by anyone’s standards, and all of our kids have done really well.
“Our kids have been having a real crack, and have been working all season just to get here and then, of course, any time that you’re able to pick up some medals is exciting too,” he said.
MacDonald-Clow said the gold medal was a great result for the team and the entire club.
“It means a lot for the club, but it also means a lot for the boys as well. They were really gunning for it last year and then, unfortunately, they were disqualified in the heat which can happen sometimes in the relay,” he said.
“So they felt like they had a point to prove, and they definitely did that this year.
“It was only the other day that we were chatting as a team about how big a deal it is to win a medal at these championships. Even just competing here, let alone getting a medal, is a massive achievement and we always try to instill that in the kids,” he said.
“For the past year or so those boys have really wanted to be the first ones to win gold for our club, and I know it means a great deal to them, and the rest of us as well,” he said.
While the action will continue tomorrow for the third and final day of competition, the under-11 and under-12 water events have been shifted to North Kirra following a review of forecast conditions.