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Young stars take to the water at Interbranch Champs

Some of the state’s top young surf sport stars will hit the Gold Coast on Friday and Saturday, as they battle it out for top spot at Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) 2016 Interbranch Championships.

The Championships, for competitors aged 17 and under, will feature representative teams from the Sunshine Coast, South Coast and Point Danger Branches along with a Queensland Country team featuring athletes north of Hervey Bay.

SLSQ surf sports manager Stuart Hogben said the Championships would feature some of the state’s top young competitors.

“These competitors are some of the best up-and-coming athletes from across the state, and it’s really exciting to think there could be a future Australian or World Champion among those out there competing this weekend,” he said.

“Every competitor lining up has had to qualify for the right to represent their respective branch in this competition, which is a tremendous honour and achievement in itself.

“We’re really set up for some great racing and action over the course of the Championships and it’ll be exciting to see how the results pan out,” he said.

The action kicks off with the pool rescue competition on Friday night at Palm Beach Pool, before continuing at Tweed Heads and Coolangatta on Saturday 26 November at 8:00am.

Queensland Country and the two Gold Coast branches will be hoping to break the Sunshine Coast’s eight-year stranglehold on the event.

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