Drew Bebendorf will attend the Queensland Junior Surf Life Saving championships at North Kirra.
Drew Bebendorf will attend the Queensland Junior Surf Life Saving championships at North Kirra. Mike Richards GLADREW

Tannum nipper set for a shot at state titles after long wait

SIX years into nippers, 11-year-old Drew Bebendorf is finally getting the opportunity to head to the Queensland Junior Surf Life Saving Championships.

Having waited patiently on the beach and persevered with the task, Drew is now old enough to go after the medals.

He will go to North Kirra as one of 31 competitors from Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club. Having his mates along for the ride will calm his nerves, the lad said.

"I don't think I'll ever get over the nerves," said an enthusiastic Drew, already tempted to dream of the spoils on offer.

"I might even make a state final."

Drew will have four individual events and a couple of team events to fulfil his goal.

Competing in the ironman, board, swim and flags, and having taken three medals at branch level, Drew said he was keen to get among his challengers and would gain knowledge from more experienced club members.

Both Finn Bryant and Mitchell Haigh will be going. They are part of the Tannum Sands Captains group.

Mitchell said he was happy to see numbers grow since he began heading to the state titles.

"It is pretty good, we have a fair amount going down, we will do well," he said.

While Drew, Finn and Mitchell will be thinking heavily about the task at hand over the next three days, there are more than just the achievements themselves to thank for the journey.

"All the parents and officials; without them we couldn't make it or have the support," Finn said.