Madison Sharpe, 14. - Nippers event at Tannum Sands main beach.Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
Madison Sharpe, 14. - Nippers event at Tannum Sands main beach.Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

North Burleigh awaits

MONTHS OF hard training on the hot sand and in humid conditions may potentially culminate with rich rewards when 49 Tannum Sand Surf Club nippers will compete at the state championships in North Burleigh next weekend.

Under-14 captain Madison Sharpe said the teams from under-15 through to under-11 boys and girls have all prepared themselves at Agnes Water.

"We've been training all season and North Burleigh has massive waves, way bigger than here," Madison said.

The formats of the states consist of beach events such as sprints, flags and 2km runs.

"We'll do good in the water I think," Madison said.

Her high expectations go beyond her own team.

"I think our under-11 boys will do very well and I reckon they are our strongest age group," Madison said.

"The under-14 boys are good on the boards."

Junior co-ordinator Chris Skerman said next weekend's three-day event starts at 7.30am on Friday and finishes on Sunday at 2pm.

"It's one of the pinnacle events and the focus has always been on that," Skerman said.

"I don't think there will be any problems in handling the bigger waves as they have practiced at Agnes Water last weekend."

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Tannum Sands is the 15th biggest surf club out of Queensland's 53 clubs.

"The realistic expectation is to get some medals and some of the kids will be in races where there will be 50 to 60 competitors," Sherman said.

He added that the time all the parents and volunteers dedicate is to be commended.