The Queensland Cyclones will be out for gold when they line up at Alexandra at the 2017 Interstate Championships.
The 2016 Interstate Championships will see some of the best competitive lifesavers from across the country converge on the Sunshine Coast to compete in a wide range of beach and ocean disciplines including surf swims, board races, beach sprints, relays and the prestigious ironman and ironwoman.
With a team featuring the likes of reigning Coolangatta Gold champion Courtney Hancock, Olympian Alyssa Bull, Australian board champion Hayden White and a raft of other high-profile athletes, the team will be hoping to defeat arch-rival New South Wales and win back-to-back titles.
Team coach Darren Mercer believes the team has what it takes to topple New South Wales and reign supreme once again.
“I think the beauty of the crew is their ability to back up, through the swim and the specialist runners,” Mercer said.
“Both squads look good on paper, but you don’t want to go ‘tit for tat’ between NSW and Queensland, you want to step up and put in a buffer between you early.”
Surf Life Saving Queensland surf sports manager Stuart Hogben expects the ‘state verse state’ format to bring out the best in the team.
“There’s something special about representing your state and I know each athlete will be eager to put their best foot forward and make a real mark on the competition,” he said.
“We’ve picked a strong team with a nice blend of youth and experience, and it’s a really exciting opportunity for them to go head-to-head against some of the best athletes from across Australia and stamp Queensland as the top lifesaving state in the country,” he said.