Brother, sister pair secure more crowns
ELLIOTT Heads siblings Ryan and Kelli Bennett continued their dominance of the Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Champion Lifesaver titles when they both won their events at the Surf Rescue Championships at Hervey Bay.
Ryan notched up his sixth title in succession when he won the Open Male Champion Lifesaver event, as he amassed 97.5 points to defeat Yeppoon's Matthew Cummings (89.5 points) and Bundaberg's Martin Cole (84.75 points).
Ryan dominated the physical events, winning the board race, rescue tube race and beach sprint and finishing second in the surf race.
He then went on to score well in the resuscitation practical tests and general knowledge theory paper.
Ryan's sister Kelli went on to claim her fifth title in a row by winning the Open Female Champion Lifesaver event with 98.75 points ahead of Elliott Heads'clubmate Joanna Peall (93 points) and Yeppoon's Alesha Hotz (84.75 points).
Kelli clean swept the physical events, winning the board races, rescue tube race, beach sprint and surf race, before she scored well in the theory and resuscitation sections.
Bundaberg SLSC also performed extremely well at the surf rescue championships, with their large contingent of competitors amassing enough points to ensure the club shared the overall champion club point-score trophy with Hervey Bay SLSC.
Bundaberg were led by Benjamin Petersen, who claimed the under-17 male champion lifesaver event by a massive 25.5 points.
In the under-15 female event, Nicola Cowan claimed the title with 110 points, while Riley McGregor was successful in the under-14 boys' division.
Capping off a great weekend for the Bundaberg club, their open first aid team of Martin Cole and Liz Newton finished second in their competition.