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Currumbin claims Youth Championships crown

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club has claimed the 2018 Queensland State Youth Life Saving Championships.

Currumbin finished the three-day event with an impressive 303 points, a massive 66 point lead over second place-getters Northcliffe (237 points) and Maroochydore (224 points).

It was an impressive display from the Currumbin contingent, who placed 4th last year and really came out strong from the first day of competition.

They had a cracking start on day three, winning gold in the all-age relay.

It was a much-prized win for the team, as described by team coach and manager Sam Dick, who was very emotional and overjoyed.

“To us it is just the pinnacle event of the championships, it tests strength across the club and we have wanted this win for such a long time,” he said.

“The last time we won was when I was an U13, back in 2009, so we’ve been vying to win it back since then.

“It’s just been an epic weekend, the kids have raced amazingly and the results reflect that. It’s been a big improvement from last year and hopefully we can just build the momentum from this.

“It’s a great group of coaches and age managers and most importantly the kids get in there and give it their best,” Mr Dick said.

Despite not reclaiming the Championship title, clubs from the Sunshine Coast still performed extremely well.

It was a massive race to the finish line for Maroochydore, with the club taking out third place overall.

Joseph McMenamin had an historic final Youth Championships, winning gold in the U15 male surf race to secure the top spot in that event every year since he was an U11.

The Perkins sisters also cleaned up, with 9 medals between them.

Jamie Perkins scored triple gold in the U13 female ironwoman, surf board and surf race events, as well as gold in the Cameron relay and bronze in the surf board rescue team events.

Sarah Perkins won gold in the U15 female surf race and surf team events, silver in the U15 ironwoman, and bronze as part of the surf board relay.

Host club Alexandra Headland ended up with 25 medals across the weekend, with Tayla Halliday taking gold in the U15 female ironwoman and silver in the surf race.

Caleb Silva was awarded the inaugural Athletic Award sponsored by Engine Swim for the display of courage, fitness, persistence, sportsmanship and relentless pursuit of excellence during his semi-final tilt for the U14 ironman.

Emu Park picked up their sole medal of the Championships, with Maggie Tapp claiming gold in the U12 female surf board race.

Oscar Wemmerslager from Tannum Sands added to his club’s haul of 9 medals with a silver in the U11 male beach flags, and clubmate Taj Andrews continued his success from the weekend with a silver in the U12 male surf board race.

Lauren Nugent brought home a bronze in the U15 female surf race for the North Barrier Branch team, taking their total to an impressive 7 medals across the weekend.

Winning club Currumbin finished with a total of 46 medals, with young Ava Usher claiming 9 podium finishes as part of the gold-winning all age relay, surf board relay, surf board rescue and surf race teams.

She also scored silver in the U11 beach relay and beach sprint, plus bronze in the ironwoman and surf board race.

Teammate Milla Jansen walked away with 7 medals in the same age group, including gold in the female surf race and silver in the ironwoman and surf board races.

Surf sports powerhouse Northcliffe ended up second in the overall pointscore, with 34 medals across the weekend.

The club took the clean sweep of gold, silver and bronze in the U13 Male Ironman, with Kai Watson claiming the prestigious U15 male ironman to receive the Matthew Barclay Memorial Trophy.

SLSQ sports manager Stuart Hogben said overall the event was absolutely fantastic.

“It was perfect conditions, not a huge swell but enough to provide some very, very tight results and excellent racing,” he said.

“Based on the conditions we saw some great results from the northern competitors, and they had some great results.

“These competitors are the future of surf lifesaving and what we have seen here shows we are in for some really exciting times for years to come.

“We saw a great demonstration of sportsmanship and a lot of passion, and we look forward to seeing more of it when we come to Maroochydore for the 2018 Seniors and Masters Championships in a two weeks time,” Mr. Hogben said.

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