TAKING ON THE BEST
SURF LIFE SAVING: Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club will be hoping to maintain its form when several junior athletes will strut their stuff on sand and in water at the Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships in Hervey Bay.
The three-day event starts from 8am on Friday through to Sunday afternoon and has 1500 competitors from under-11 to U15 from all parts of the Queensland coastline.
And 38 will represent Tannum Sands and coach John Andrews is excited.
"For the under-11's to U13's, this is the biggest event of the year and whatever the result may be, they get the opportunity to test themselves against the best junior lifesavers in the state,” Andrews said.
This event showcases individual events from 1km and 2km beach runs, Beach Flags and Sprint, Surf Race and Surf Board disciplines and also hosts the qualifying teams from Branch Championships for the Beach Relay, Surf Teams, Board Relay and Cameron Relay.
Competition for tomorrow and Saturday is all heats, quarter and semi-finals in the water and beach events.
"Competition heats up on Sunday when all finals are run,” Andrews said.
"The U14 and U15's have the opportunity to progress themselves from the state arena to the biggest arena which is the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships held in March.
"I'm confident that the team we are bringing to Hervey Bay will compete strongly and will represent the club with pride.”
Andrews expects several to make finals and get medals.
"The U15 boys will be led by Tanna Hayward-Gill and Lachie Blake and both will give a solid performance individually, but are eyeing off the Board rescue event,” Andrews said.
"Tanna will do the swim leg out to the cans where he signals Lachie on the beach to paddle out on his board and pick him up at the Cans. Once pick up has happened both boys paddle the board to the beach and run to finish line.”