Sharpe cuts past rivals to secure state spot

DAYNA Sharpe was as calm as any athlete competing in the Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Championships in her board races, securing a spot at states with a fifth place finish.

But behind her focused exterior it was a hard slog for the 10-year-old who raced in the final just five minutes after finishing her heat.

Her visit to the Queensland Championships will be busy with the board one of several events she qualified in.

But Sharpe was delighted to make the board cut-off as it is her favourite event.

"It makes all the effort worth it," she said.

"I don't know how I will go, it depends on the competition."

If she can perform as well as her heat in the board, things will run smoothly for the Tannum Sands athlete.

Sharpe cruised to victory to progress to the final.

UP AND RUNNING: Dayna Sharpe, 10, qualified for the Queensland Championships for board by winning her heat and finishing fifth in the final.
UP AND RUNNING: Dayna Sharpe, 10, qualified for the Queensland Championships for board by winning her heat and finishing fifth in the final. Jake Jones

"I was just thinking of the people next to me and thinking when I get out of the water a bit to run hard to the finish," she said.

But it is not the finish making the biggest difference to Sharpe's result.

She let a little bit of her secret out once the final had been run.

"My start helps me, if I get a good start I go well," she said.

Running into a little traffic on the way out to the cans, Sharpe was positioned fifth once the last board race had been run.

"I was under pressure, but I was in the front pack," she said.

"It is very tiring too to back up so quickly."

Sharpe and her fellow Tannum Sands athletes who qualified for states will battle it out in Maroochydore from March 20-22.