Doing it for each other
THE late teens can be a tough time for surf life savers.
With some young members of the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club getting ready to enter university, academic pressures can really weigh up.
But multi-tasking is just one more skill the youth of the club are happy to have in their collection.
The under-19 team of Jamie Findlay, Riley McGregor, Ben Sheppard, Jack Newton and Josh McDuff have been together since they were nippers.
And they have no intentions of breaking the winning formula.
“Across the country you see people drop off from Surf Life Saving when they hit their late teens,” the club's surf sport director Tony McDuff said.
“But Bundaberg is really bucking the trend, a lot of the teenagers are sticking around because they love doing it.
“This group is just evidence of that.”
This weekend the team will go to Mackay to compete in the North Australian Championships at Harbour Beach.
Although there are no team events for under-19s, they will compete in the belt rescue race in the opens and individual events.
“That's our favoured event,” Findlay said yesterday.
“So we're pretty confident.”
They are part of a 26-man Bundaberg team that will join three Elliott Heads competitors and 16 Moore Park representatives at the event.
Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden said more than 700 athletes from age 11 to masters would be competing in the event.
It will be one of the last chances for the Bundaberg boys to compete together while they are still living in the region, with some of the boys eyeing the southern shores to go to university.
But Tony McDuff is sure it will not be the last time they line up together.
“The guys that go away will come up and compete with the team because they just get along well together,” McDuff said.