Queensland Championships set for exciting finish

There were thrills, spills and plenty of action on the second day of the Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships at North Kirra on the Gold Coast.

Today’s ironman heats saw some of the sport’s biggest names line up for the first time these Championships with the likes of Caine Eckstein, Matt Bevilacqua, Hayden White, Tanyn Lyndon and Ben Carberry amongst those qualifying for tomorrow’s blue-ribbon final.

It’s also shaping up to be an all-star affair in the ironwoman, with Courtney Hancock, Harriet Brown, Maddy Dunn, Rebecca Creedy, Kristyl Smith and Amy Nurthen all navigating today’s tricky conditions to qualify for the 16-woman final tomorrow.

Speaking after his semi-final win, Northcliffe’s Caine Eckstein said it had been a good opportunity to test himself against the conditions and competition ahead of finals day tomorrow.

“It’s always good to race well in a semi-final and you know there’s always going to be stiff competition at that level, so it’s a good warm up if you’re able to go on and make the final,” he said.

“State’s always a good hit-out and there’s some tough competition in Queensland, so it’s just good to get in some racing against all of the boys, and particularly leading into Aussies.

“I’ll be hoping to get a good start tomorrow and get some good waves out the back because it can be a bit fickle out there, and then hopefully set myself up for a good race,” he said.

Meanwhile, there was plenty of joy for other clubs across the state with the likes of Bribie Island, Kurrawa, Currumbin, North Burleigh, Noosa, Sunshine Beach, Point Lookout, Alexandra Headland and plenty more all among the winners.

Currumbin had a golden day on the sand, picking up plenty of medals along the way. Elizabeth Forsyth won the Open Female Beach Flags for the club ahead of teammates Olivia Eaton and Brittany Brymer, whiel the club also secured a 1-2-3 finish in the Open Male Beach Sprint with Jordan Caldow, Tim Delahunty and Kieran Gordon on the podium. Murdoch Finch and Olivia Eaton continued the winning run for the club when they took out the Open Male Beach Flags and Open Female Beach Sprint respectively.

The action continues on the third and final day of the championships at North Kirra tomorrow.

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For Seniors’ results, please click here.

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