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Alexandra Headland named Youth Champions following scoring error

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) has amended its overall results from the 2017 Queensland Youth Championships, after a data-entry error was discovered in the scoring.

While Sunshine Coast club Maroochydore was named the overall winner at the event’s conclusion, SLSQ has confirmed that a correction and readjustment of the scores meant that neighbouring club Alexandra Headland was the rightful champion.

SLSQ has been in contact with both clubs to advise them of the error and the updated results.

SLSQ sports manager Stuart Hogben said it was unfortunate situation, and apologised to both clubs for the error.

“It’s obviously not an ideal situation for anyone and, on behalf of Surf Life Saving Queensland, I’d like to apologise to both clubs along with their coaches and athletes for the mistake,” Mr Hogben said.

“During our internal wrap-up of the Championships we noted a scoring error where a couple of members from different clubs, but with the same surname, were manually entered incorrectly into our database.

“We take full responsibility for the error and we’ll certainly be looking what we can do moving forward to make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” he said.

The 2017 Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships saw more than 1,500 nippers from across the state converge on Hervey Bay to compete across three days of action.

Mr Hogben said he hoped the situation wouldn’t take away from a successful three days of racing.

“The performances and efforts that we saw from the young lifesavers at Hervey Bay was nothing short of inspiring,” he said.

“To see more than 1,500 passionate young lifesavers representing their clubs and sport with such passion and determination shows what a wonderful future we have in front of us.”

Updated top three:

  1. Alexandra Headland – 284 points
  2. Maroochydore – 277 points
  3. Northcliffe – 234 points

To view the full, updated overall point score, please click here.

To view the updated handicapped point score, please click here.

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