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The daily cap – Day 2 of Youth Champs

The stage of sand and sea was set for day two of competition at the Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championship on Torquay Beach at Hervey Bay.

Picking right up where the competition left off yesterday, there has been an excellent display of athleticism from these junior lifesavers as they compete at the top of their game.

SLSQ surf sports manager Stuart Hogben said day two is always a day when you see some excellent competition.
“Day one seems to get some of the jitters out of the competitors; now they’ve become used to the setting and are a bit more comfortable amongst the conditions. Today they have pulled out all the stops,” he said.

“The second day of competition has resulted in some close racing as competitors vie for semi-final and final positions that will all be contested on Sunday.”

Amongst the action on the beach today was special race ‘starter’ Courtney Hancock, who shared her tips and experiences with the competitors in the U11 Female Ironwoman event before starting them off on their race.

The U11 Female Ironwoman champion was Jahly Stokes from Kawana Waters, who is having one of the most standout performances of the Championships. Jahly has taken out a clean sweep of the U11 Female water events and will be taking home an incredible 7 medals, including gold in the individual events (Surf Race, Surf Board Rescue and the Ironwoman), along with gold for the Surf Team and Surf Board Relay events, and silver for the Cameron Relay and Surf Board Rescue events.

Other standout results so far include the Gold Coast’s Currumbin, who are making their mark with an incredible 27 medals already in their swag. Their strength on the boards in the team events added silver medals in the U14 Male Surf Board Rescue, U14 Male Surf Board Relay and U15 Male Surf Board Race, plus a bronze in the U12 Female Surf Board Race.

Kurrawa have impressed again, winning three gold medals across the day; Lucy Single took out the U15 Female 2km Beach Run and Tahli Devine had double success winning gold in both the U12 Female Beach Sprint and as part of the U12 Female Beach Relay team.

Northcliffe started adding to its tally today including gold in the U12 Female Surf Board Rescue, U12 Male Surf Board Rescue, and the U15 Male Cameron Relay, plus both silver and bronze in the U12 Female 1km beach run and a bronze in the U15 Male Rescue Tube Race.

North Barrier’s Lauren Nugent added to her medal collection with gold medals to take home from the U14 Female 2km Beach Run, Surf Board Rescue and Surf Team race, as well as a bronze from the Cameron Relay. Further success was had by the North Barrier Team with Tyler Kerr winning gold in the U13 Male Beach Flags.

Tannum Sands collected their 4th gold medal, with Peyton Craig taking out U12 1km Beach run and a bronze being won by Mia Bell in the U12 Beach Sprint.

Sunshine Beach continued to shine, especially with the colour silver, taking home silver medals from the U15 Male Cameron Relay, U15 Female Cameron Relay, U15 Female Surf Board Relay and U15 Female Surf Team events.

Gold and Bronze was won by the teams from Maroochydoore in the U14 Male Cameron Relay, along with a silver in the U12 Female Surf Board Rescu,e and Taylor Webb came up with the goods to take out silver in the U12 Male Beach Flags.

Alexandra Headland’s Neve Underwood took gold in the U13 Female Beach flags and backed it up with another gold as part of the U13 Female Beach Relay, to then take home a silver from the following Beach Sprint. The strength of the Alex Heads teams was on display with the U15 Females scoring a hat trick winning gold in the Surf Board Relay, Surf Team, and Cameron Relay. The U14 Females also won gold in the Cameron Relay and the Surf Board Relay, and then silver in the Surf Board Rescue and Surf Team events.

With another successful day of competition coming to a close, Sunday is looking to deliver some thrilling competition.

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