Lifesavers head to Hervey Bay
RILEY McGregor is used to showing off his athletic prowess on the beach.
However, at Hervey Bay tomorrow his wits will also be put to the test.
The ironman champion will have to complete theory tests and show his first aid skills when he competes in the champion lifesaver event at Wide Bay Capricorn’s Surf Rescue Championships.
“I like this event because it’s not just the athletic side of things. You get to test your knowledge too, which is a nice change,” McGregor said.
Along with theoretic and first aid tests, McGregor, 18, will also complete a board paddle, swim and sprint in the event.
He is no stranger to the champion lifesaver event.
He has already represented Queensland at the national surf lifesaving champion lifesaver competition.
If he wins at Hervey Bay tomorrow, McGregor will be on his way to making another run to the nationals by gaining selection to compete in the state titles.
Jamie Findlay, who was a silver medallist at the Queensland championships last year, will compete against McGregor at the championships.
He will be joined by fellow Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club member Tenielle Dunkley, who was a bronze medallist in the Australian and Queensland under-17 female champion lifesaver event last year.
This year she will compete in the under-19 female event.
Kate Newton, who was third in the Queensland under-19 female champion lifesaver event, and Erin Gibson, who was third in the Queensland under-14 female champion lifesaver competition, will also travel from Bundaberg to compete.