Rowing for high stakes in surf is serious fun: President

Tannum Sands Sweetcheeks will start favourites when defending their Queensland gold medal from 2013. Photo Contributed
Tannum Sands Sweetcheeks will start favourites when defending their Queensland gold medal from 2013. Photo Contributed

"WHEN we go in, I say if they are not smiling we are not going to start," Tony Davis said, not laughing but smiling a serious grin himself.

After all, despite the will to win, it is about having fun.

Davis is a leader of the Tannum Sands surf boat crews, the president of the surf life saving club and sweep of a number of the crews headed to North Kirra this weekend for the Queensland titles.

With all the hard work done, now the nine-strong contingent (which will likely be the largest representation by any club) can enjoy themselves through to the end of Queensland's biggest event.

Defending a number of medals at the titles, including a gold for the again favoured Sweetcheeks, Tannum Sands is confident of putting themselves in with a shot, knowing the surf has a will of its own.

"The surf is a big leveller and things can go wrong, but we control our own destiny and have to put the best foot forward," Davis said.

Along with Davis barking the orders, the club also has Phil Massingham at sweep, and the two have healthy inter-crew rivalry.

For example, in the under- 23 men, the sweeps would like to see the gold and silver brought back- it's just a matter of the bragging rights.

"For Phil and ourselves, we will represent our club and do our best," Davis said. "We talk about the positives rather than the negatives; we control that thinking."

Tannum Sands Crews

  • Tannum Sands Masters Crew
  • Tannum Sands Trojans - U19 Men
  • Tannum Sands Gypseas - U23 Women
  • Tannum Sands Sweetcheeks - U23 Women
  • Tannum Sands Luggers - U23 Men
  • Tannum Sands Gorlocks - U23 Men
  • Tannum Sands Turbos - Reserve Grade Men
  • Tannum Sands Reserve Grade Men
  • Tannum Sands Open Men