Nicole Lowe with her silver she won on the weekend.
Nicole Lowe with her silver she won on the weekend. CONTRIBUTED GLA280317NICOLELOWE


SURF LIFE SAVING: Five athletes from the Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club have done themselves proud at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

The competition is on now at North Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast.

Among the five is Nicole Lowe, who has used the final event on the surf life saving calendar, to get ready for an even bigger one later next year. Lowe finished second in the 30-39 Female Champion Lifesaver behind Amy Teale from the Coogee SLSC and ahead of Shelly Smith (Umina SLSC).

"I am extremely pleased and couldn't have done any more,” Lowe said.

She also competed in the Flags final late yesterday afternoon and finished what she described beyond her expectations to finish sixth.

It will be a relatively short break before training starts again for Lowe's major competition.

"I start training again in June and July and next season, I will be looking to going to the Worlds in 2018 in Adelaide,” Lowe said.

"My goal is to make a final there.”

Tannum's Kevin Dollery competed in his first Aussies and finished fifth in the 30-39 Male Champion Lifesaver, which was won by Northcliffe's Trent Rowe.

Dollery said the off-season break would be greatly appreciated ahead of two Masters events later this year.

"The next competition is the Masters in September in Hervey Bay and then the Northern Australian Titles in October,” Dollery said

Of the club's junior contingent were Georgia Bell, Drew Bebendorf and Lachlan Blake.

The latter pair made it as far as the quarter-finals of the under-15 Male Board Rescue, after finishing second in the third heat of the first round.

"We're just very proud what each member from Tannum Sands have achieved,” Dollery said.

The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships attracted senior and junior aged athletes from all parts of Australia.

More than 7000 athletes are currently competing from 313 surf clubs are involved.