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Alex Heads defends title at Queensland Surf Rescue Champs

Sunshine Coast club Alexandra Headlands has taken out this year’s Queensland Surf Rescue Championships at Dicky Beach this weekend.

After two-and-a-half days of tough competition, the defending champions finished on 86 points to once again claim overall honours ahead of Northcliffe (72 points) and Maroochydore (47 points). Noosa Heads and Sunshine Beach rounded out the top five.

The Championships saw almost 150 competitors hit the surf and sand across two days of action in their bid to be crowned Queensland’s Champion Lifesavers.

In addition to grueling fitness and athletic challenges, the Championships also have a unique focus on the patrol skills of each competitor, with lifesavers put through a variety of first aid and rescue scenarios, while also being tested on their theoretical knowledge.

Alexandra Headland jumped out to a strong start on Saturday, led by Michael White and Kate Thornton who claimed gold in the Open Male and Female Champion Lifesaver events.

The club also picked up a raft of other wins and podium positions including gold in the 40+ Years Male Champion Lifesaver (Phillip Stephens), 40+ Years Female Champion Lifesaver (Jessica Baird), U19 Female Champion Lifesaver (Lateisha Stam) and U15 Male Champion Lifesaver (James Brown).

However, there was plenty of joy for other clubs with the likes of Maroochydore, Sunshine Beach, Bundaberg, Noosa Heads, Northcliffe, Townsville Picnic Bay and Tannum Sands all taking out events across the weekend.

In the handicapped point score, the trophy heads to Bundaberg SLSC, with the club taking out the title by just one point from Alexandra Headland. Tweed Heads and Coolangatta rounded out the podium, with Mudjimba and Noosa Heads also in the top five.

The Surf Rescue Championships continue an action-packed month of surf lifesaving action across the state, with the Youth Championships held last week in Hervey Bay and the state’s top ironmen and women set to contest the Open Championships on the Gold Coast on March 10-12.

For a full point score, please click here.

For individual results, please click here.

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