A dozen gold for Moore Park master
JOANNA Tolvanen led the way for Moore Park Surf Life Saving Club at Tannum Sands last weekend, collecting enough points to earn her club first place in the masters division.
They were narrowly pipped for handicap honours by Tannum Sands SLSC once the per-capita tallies were added, but it was Tolvanen’s day, claiming 12 wins and one second place.
She teamed with Julie Davis and Lynne Messer to clinch the surfboard and taplin relay, before Julie Tucker joined the trio to help them towards beach relay gold.
Then she won the board rescue with Davis, before going it alone to capture the beach flag, beach sprint, rescue tube, surf board surf race and surf ski.
Her only blemish was in the board relay, finishing second behind the Bundaberg SLSC team of Emma Sheppard, Kate Newton and Adina McDougall.
“Julie and Joanna were the two standouts, along with Riley McGregor,” Elliott Heads competitor and SLSC Queensland regional manager Craig Holden said.
Others to shine on the northern beach included Donna Walls of Elliott Heads.
She partnered perennial achiever Craig Holden to clinch the 30-34 years board rescue and double ski.
Her dominance continued in the sprint, flags, rescue tube and surf race.
Walls’ efforts were enough to push Elliott Heads into equal second with Moore Park in the masters once the handicaps were taken into account.
“Considering they are such small clubs, Elliott Heads and Moore Park did amazingly well,” Holden said.
“It was just sheer weight of numbers that got Tannum Sands over the line really.”
There were few surprises in the open men’s events, Riley McGregor (Bundaberg SLSC) featuring in the water events and Jesse Hawkes once again king of the sand.
Brayden Batt and Jeremy Rethamel were two others to earn the praise of Holden.