Sun shines on day one of Youth Champs

The first day of the 2018 Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships took place in near-perfect conditions today at Alexandra Headland, with over 1,600 nippers taking part in the pinnacle event.

SLSQ sports manager Stuart Hogben described the first day of competition as absolutely fantastic.

“It has been an incredible first day. The great conditions allowed for some excellent racing and the vibe along the beach has been palpable,” Mr Hogben said.

“We have seen really strong competitors from clubs all across Queensland,” he said.

There were some results from some of the regional nippers, with the North Barrier Branch team taking gold in the U15 female board rescue, silver in the U14 female beach relay and bronze in the U15 female Cameron relay.

Tannum Sands picked up their first medals of the carnival, with Peyton Craig grabbing gold in the U13 male 1km beach run, the U11 boys scooping silver in the surf board rescue, and Taj Andrews bringing home bronze in the U12 male beach flags.

Young Paige Jones from Yeppoon clenched silver in the U11 female 1km beach run, with clubmate Ella Milfull grabbing bronze in the U14 female beach flags.

It was a stellar start to the competition for host club and defending champions Alexandra Headland, taking home 12 medals including 8 golds, 1 silver, and 5 bronzes.

Elliot Smethills picked up a gold in the U14 male beach flags and silver in the U14 male beach sprint, and clubmates Neve Underwood and Letitia Fox taking gold and bronze respectively in the U14 female beach sprint.

Rival club Maroochydore wasn’t far behind, taking home 10 medals on day one, including 4 golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronzes.

The U15 girls scooped gold in the surf team event, silver in the Cameron relay and bronze in the surf board relay, with the U15 boys taking gold in the surf team, silver in the surf board relay, and both silver and bronze in the Cameron relay.

The U11 contingent from North Burleigh had their first taste of success at state level, with Millar Brosnan-Ball taking out gold in the female 1km beach run and Cooper Harrison securing silver in the males.

The club also clenched double gold and silver in the U11 male surf team event, and grabbed a gold in the U11 male surf board rescue.

The surf board relay events saw the boys snag silver and the girls bring home bronze.

It was also a stellar start to the competition for Currumbin, taking home 17 medals including 6 golds, 9 silvers, and 3 bronzes.

Northcliffe made a strong bid for the title with 15 medals on day one, including 3 golds, 6 silvers, and 6 bronzes.

“The same conditions are forecast for tomorrow (Saturday), which is setting the scene for another great day of competition,” Mr Hogben said.

The Championships continue tomorrow.

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