It will literally be on for young and old this March when thousands of competitors converge on North Kirra across two weekends for SLSQs Masters, Senior and Junior State Championships.
The pinnacle sporting events on SLSQs calendar will see almost 4,000 surf lifesavers aged from under 11 through to over 70 put their fitness, skill and determination to the ultimate test in their quest for state glory.
The competition kicks off on Friday March 7 with the Masters competition, before Queenslands premier ironmen and women take centre stage at the Senior State Championships on March 8-9.
The action continues the following weekend when Queenslands top nippers, aged 11-14, hit the surf and sand for SLSQs Junior State Championships across three days from March 14-16.
The Championships represent the culmination of Queenslands surf sport season and will bring to a close an exciting summer of racing. For many of the older competitors, it will also be their last opportunity to build momentum and fine tune preparations ahead of the Australian Championships in Western Australia.
SLSQ surf sport manager Stuart Hogben expects some fierce battles over both weekends, particularly in the blue-ribbon open ironman and woman events.
Queensland is home to some of the fittest and fastest lifesavers in Australia and right across the world for that matter, so theres no doubt the competition will be fierce, he said.
When you look at the elite athletes within the sport the likes of Shannon Eckstein, Ky Hurst, Courtney Hancock and Liz Pluimers theyre all Queenslanders, and quite a lot of them have won at a national and international level as well.
Each and every year the Championships bring thousands of competitors together in the name of lifesaving and mateship; but dont get me wrong, once they pull on their respective club colours theres definitely no holding back, Mr Hogben said.
Mr Hogben urged people to come down and support their favourite competitors over the Championships.
Last year the Queensland Championships were split up over a few beaches, so its great to have the Senior and Junior events all back in one central location this year, he said.
The 2014 national titles are being held in Western Australia, which means these Championships will be the biggest events of their kind in Queensland this year. It will also be the last opportunity this season to get out and cheer on your favourite ironmen and women, and Im sure theyll be giving it everything theyve got to walk away with gold, he said.
Queensland Masters and Senior Surf Life Saving Championships
March 7-9 at Kirra Beach
Queensland Junior Surf Life Saving Championships
March 14-16 at Kirra Beach