Lifesavers ready for action
DESPITE the holidays, volunteer surf lifesavers have been out in force on our beaches over Christmas-New Year period and been kept busy with the large crowds.
All eyes this weekend will be on round two of the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Series at Portsea on Sunday.
But locally, we will get into the business end of the competition season when the Elliott Heads SLSC hosts the Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Surf Rescue Championships the following weekend, January 14 and 15.
The Sizzler Oceans 38 Premiership Series for under-15 to open will also be contested on the same two days at Broadbeach.
January 14 will also feature the first round of the Aussie Bum Queensland Cup Surf Boat Series.
Braydon Batt, of Elliott Heads, will be our sole representative in the Queensland Cyclones team which will contest the Surf Life Saving Australia Interstate Championships in New South Wales on January 22 and 23 as an under-17 male beach competitor.
A Future Champions Surf Carnival will follow at Tweed Heads and Coolangatta on January 28, while our juniors will have their last competition before the branch titles in the next four-point carnival at Elliott Heads on January 29.
In a huge month of surf sports, Moore Park will be the venue for the Junior Branch Championships on February 11 and 12.
The district will aim for a big medal haul at the Laerdal State Surf rescue Championships at Dicky Beach from February 17-19.
Competition will be keen in the Branch North v South Teams Challenge at Agnes Water on February 25 when Batt and the other beach stars will contest the Fastest Man on Sand round at Redcliffe.
Big teams from the local clubs will head to Yeppoon on March 3 and 4 for the Senior Branch Championships, while the best young talent will be on show at the State Junior Championships at Maroochydore from March 9-11.
With Easter Sunday on April 8, the state and national titles will run over the preceding two weeks, both at Kurrawa.
The Crazy Johns' Queensland State Senior Championships from March 16-18 will be an appetiser for the Australian Championships which start with the masters events on March 24 and 25 before the seniors run non-stop through to April 1.