Mum of three wins gold and bronze
Local lifesavers shone at the 2011 Queensland Championships last week, amassing an impressive 16 medals as well as recording a number of other top 10 finishes.
Four gold, two silver and 10 bronze medals were testimony to their excellence, and Wide Bay Capricorn branch regional manager Craig Holden said he was extremely proud of the results.
Young guns Braydon Batt, of the Elliott Heads club, Chris Powell (Moore Park) and Annelise Wesley (Bundaberg) enhanced their reputations as future superstars by each claiming gold.
But perhaps the most amazing success story was Moore Park mother of three Julie Davis, who snared one gold and two bronze, as well as placing fourth in another event in her state championships debut to set the standard for the district’s best for the weekend.
Davis, whose two sons Ben and Matthew also muscled up in under-age surf events, scored a stunning victory in the 45-49 years female 2km beach run and added bronze medals in the beach sprint and flags.
She grew up on a Dingo cattle station and rarely got to the beach as a child, and she only took up life saving when Ben joined Moore Park six years ago.
Davis had wanted to compete at the state titles for the past three or four years, but work commitments had prevented her from doing so.
The tough competitor was “very happy with all three medals”, and now she has the taste, a crack at a future Australian titles is in her sights.
“It’s not as scary as I thought and I’ve got another two or three years in the same age group, so while I can, I will go for it,” Davis said.
Queensland Junior Cyclones representative and Fastest Man of Sand age champion Batt continued his outstanding season by taking out the under-17 male sprint and also finishing second to Powell in the flags.
Wesley beat all comers in the U-15 female sprint, beating Elliott Heads’ Bianka Dexter into second spot.
It was a red-letter carnival for the Johnston family, of the Bundaberg club, with mother Wendy taking bronze in the 35-39 years female surf and rescue tube races, and her son Brodie also finishing third in the U-15 male board.
Club-mate Garry Ryan also picked up dual bronze, in the 35-39 years male flags and sprint.
Bundaberg surf boat crew of Ben Sheppard, Ben Hughes, Kurt Reed, Rohan Killer and sweep Paul Wessel, who have clocked up thousands of kilometres to compete strongly all season in various events, also did brilliantly to grab bronze in the under-19 division.
Another state debutant Donna Walls, of Elliott Heads, also racked up bronze in the 35-39 years female flags and posted two fourth placings.
Meanwhile, Moore Park’s Joanna Tolvanen secured bronze in the 40-44 years female 2km beach run.