Last month’s Senior and Junior Queensland Championships provided a fantastic opportunity for clubs and members right across the state to come together and compete in surf sports. The successful weekends saw history made in a new team competing, some outstanding club and personal achievements, and a significant team effort to relocate competition.
Here, we have a look at some of these highlights from the State Championships.
Senior competitors still masters of the surf
Ironman legend Grant Kenny turned back the clock at the Queensland Surf Life Saving Masters Championships at North Kirra on the Gold Coast on 7 March.
The former Australian champion proved he was still a force to be reckoned with, taking out the 50-54 years ironman final and the double ski, while placing second in the surf ski.
While Kenny was wrapped with his performance, he freely admitted that competing was more about enjoyment than winning these days.
Read more here.
Northcliffe wins Surf Life Saving Queensland championships
Gold Coast club Northcliffe took out the overall honours at the 2014 Queensland Surf Life Saving Senior Championships, which was held at North Kirra Beach from 7-9 March.
The Championships saw almost 2,000 competitors hit the surf and sand across three days of action in their quest for one of the state titles up for grabs.
A series of strong performances throughout the Championships saw Northcliffe (647 points) comfortably claim top honours ahead of Mooloolaba (329 points) and Currumbin (236).
Full point scores and individual results can be accessed here.
Magic Mercer masters Kirra
They call her ‘Magic’ and Jordan Mercer showed why, with a dominant display in the open ironwoman final delivering one of the biggest wins of her fledgling career on the final day of SLSQ’s Senior State Championships.
Mercer led a star-studded field from start to finish, to take out the event ahead of former national champions Kristyl Smith and Rebecca Creedy, and rated the win as one of her finest.
Read more here.
Peter Lacey Award Winner
Following some outstanding results at the recent Queensland State Championships, SLSQ is pleased to announce that Mooloolaba SLSC’s Georgina McDermott was the recipient of the 2014 Peter Lacey Award.
The Peter Lacey Award is presented to the most outstanding under 17 competitor of the carnival, as judged by the State Selectors.
Georgina had a great carnival, placing first in the U17 Ironwoman, Surf Race, Surf Ski and Taplin Relay; second in the U17 Board Relay, and third in the U17 Board Race and Surf Teams events.
Georgina has a bright future in surf sports ahead of her, with a second placing in this year’s U19 Coolangatta Gold.
SLSQ congratulates Georgina on her successes, and wishes her all the best for her future.
Northcliffe win Junior State Championships in a thriller
The 2014 Queensland Junior Surf Life Saving Championships ended in a thriller earlier this month with Northcliffe taking out the event by the narrowest of margins.
The Gold Coast club finished on 210 points to claim overall honours by just one point from Maroochydore on 209 points. Currumbin rounded out the podium, finishing the three-day competition on 168 points.
The rough surf conditions, which disrupted events across the first two days of competition, prompted officials to move the third and final day of competition to the calmer waters of Currumbin Creek.
Northcliffe and Maroochydore entered the final day of competition in a close tussle, and it was clear the Championships would go down to the wire with both clubs collecting gold medals in the morning events.
For Maroochydore, it was Grace Kaihau who took out the under-14 ironwoman while Northcliffe’s Mitchell Coombes claimed gold in the under-14 ironman.
A double win in the male and female under-14 surf board relays saw Maroochydore eyeing off an historic victory, but a raft of consistent performances from Northcliffe was enough for the Gold Coast club to seal the overall win.
The final day of competition saw state titles heading to all corners of the state.
SLSQ shifts final day of Junior Championships
Due to unfavourable conditions at North Kirra Beach on the third day of the Junior State Championships, the event’s organising committee revised the program of competition and relocated all events to Pirate Park, Currumbin Creek, on Sunday 16 March. The revised program saw all water-based events (U11 through to U14) relocated to the new venue.
The decision followed the suspension of water competition at around midday on Saturday 15 March due to deteriorating surf conditions, with SLSQ’s Surf Sport Manager Stuart Hogben saying it was disappointing that the surf conditions had disrupted part of the event, but that safety was the number one priority.
“We were obviously keen to get competitors in the water, however the safety of our competitors remains paramount, and this was the priority for us,” said Mr Hogben.
“Event organisers monitored the situation and conditions around the clock and the decision to suspend competition on Saturday and relocate events on Sunday demonstrates our commitment to protect and safeguard the wellbeing of our young members competing at the Championships.
Mr Hogben expressed his thanks to all competitors and team managers for their understanding; and to staff and clubs, especially Point Lookout SLSC, Burleigh Heads SLSC and Elliott Heads SLSC, for their significant contribution and efforts in safeguarding infrastructure on the beach during the worsening weather conditions and throughout the relocation of competition.
“The amount of tents and fencing that had been affected (by the strong rising tide) was quite significant and to see the amount of support…from SLSQ staff as well as some volunteers from clubs was exceptional and just goes to show the teamwork that we have and the dedication of staff within SLSQ,” said Mr Hogben.
“Once again thank you too all involved.”