Defending champions Currumbin SLSC have jumped to an early lead at the 2019 Queensland Youth State Surf Life Saving Championships, finishing Day 1 on top of the overall point tally.
Bolstered by victories across 13 events, the club already holds a dominant position leading into Saturday’s competition.
Attempting to chase Currumbin down are Northcliffe, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland and North Burleigh.
SLSQ Sports Manager Stuart Hogben said while the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast clubs had dominated the initial events, it was great to see Gladstone’s Tannum Sands SLSC also on the podium.
Victory was especially sweet for the Tannum Sands’ Under 14 Beach Sprint Relay team of Mia Bell, Charli Harrison, Millie Hinz and Indiana Singh, as it was their second title in two years. The girls, who dominated the beach sprint relay final on Friday morning, claimed the Under 13 title in the same event last year.
Currumbin’s male Under 15 team proved too strong in the water, claiming gold in the Cameron Relay, Surfboard Relay and Surf Team events. Team member Zach King will tomorrow line up for the Under 15 Ironman heats, hoping to replicate last year’s success when he took out the Under 14 Ironman title.
Noosa Heads’ male Under 11 team dominated the water events in their age group – winning gold in the Cameron Relay, Surf Board Relay, Surf Board Rescue and Surf Team. Gus Anderssen, Darcy Dinnage, Charlie Harmer and Quinn Hammersley will no doubt be looking to replicate their success in individual events tomorrow.
The surf sport action continues across the weekend at Burleigh, with another two big days of the Youth Championships ahead.
Day 2 highlights will include the Under 14 Board Relay Finals, Under 11 Ironman and Ironwoman Semi-Finals, and the Under 12 and Under 14 Board Rescue Finals.