No surf but Bundy medals Wide Bay
RILEY McGregor led the charge in the Hervey Bay surf on Saturday as a host of Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club members medaled in the champion lifesaver at the Wide Bay Capricorn Surf Rescue Championships.
McGregor, competing in the under-19 class, won narrowly from good mate and long-time rival Jamie Findlay, who finished second.
The duckpond-like conditions made for quick racing in the board, swim, tube and run, before competitors were tested on their knowledge of first aid administration.
“There was absolutely no surf but it meant it was a super-fast carnival and I was pretty happy with how I performed,” McGregor said.
In the under-19 girls Kate Newton was the bridesmaid to a Tannum Sands competitor, while Tenielle Dunkley finished third.
Under-14 competitor Bonnie Stehbens triumphed as her age group’s champion lifesaver, with fellow Bundaberg member Hayley Bowman just one point in arrears.
“Those girls did really well, it was a fantastic result,” club coach Janet Lindsay said.
In the boys under-14 group Jake Lester finished second and Brodie Johnston was not far behind him in third.
Erin Gibson won the under-15 girls champion lifesaver and Teisha Towner couldn’t quite catch her and had to settle for second spot.
The top two athletes from each age group now move on to the Queensland Champion Lifesaver championship in February.
McGregor progressed to the national stage in the under-17 division last year, and has ambitions to replicate that in the older class this time around.
“I think my form is good enough to make it there again, it’s definitely my goal so fingers crossed I can perform at the Queensland event,” he said. In his first ever lifesaving competition Scott Mapson finished second.