Coach proud what the southern test provided for Tannum
SURF LIFE SAVING: The next generation of surf sport stars lined up at the 2018 Inter-branch Championships in Mooloolaba.
And 13 Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club juniors represented the Queensland Country.
Tannum Sands under-13 Board Rescue duo, Taj Andrews and Kane Martin, provided the team's only win of the event.
All other Tannum Sands competitors were part of teams that contributed to eight second places and eight third places in a unique carnival format with only team events and no individual races.
Sunshine Coast team claimed its 11th consecutive win with South Coast in a close second, followed by Point Danger and Queensland Country.
Queensland Country also backed up on Sunday and competed in the Junior Ironperson Eliminator.
This format saw 16 competitors start the race and the final two competitors eliminated after each leg.
Taj and Kane continued to impress with second and third places respectively in the U13 male race while Brady Blake (U13), Rhiannon Copsey (U14) and Jake Devine (U15) made it to the final six in flags.
While not part of the Queensland Country team, Oscar Wemmerslager won the U12 Ironperson Eliminator race.
"Mooloolaba was slightly more protected, however the four-foot shore break found a few competitors out if they weren't committed from the start of the race," Queensland Country coach John Andrews said.
"It's always good racing in surf as you don't necessarily have to be leading the race as long as you are with the leaders, the opportunity to snare a wave and level up is always possible.
"Reading the surf conditions is also a very important race skill that some of our competitors have and some are still learning and sometimes learning the hard way."
So what did the nippers and Andrews got out of it?
"They all get confidence and experience from this carnival and experience is the most valued I believe," Andrews said.
"Our athletes who are pushing for better results or maintaining top rankings go back to training and work on those small competitive improvements.
"I appreciate assisting young athletes in a high performance environment."
Tannum nippers' next meet is the Wide Bay Capricorn Junior Branch Carnival on February 1-3.
- with Rebecca Devine