Ewan Heads from Bundaberg - Surf Lifesaving Capricornia Wide Bay junior Championships at Emu Park.
Ewan Heads from Bundaberg - Surf Lifesaving Capricornia Wide Bay junior Championships at Emu Park. Sharyn Oneill Bunlif-S

O'Shea awesome

JACOB O'Shea flexed his muscle at the 2011 Wide Bay Capricorn Junior Branch Championships on the weekend, making a clean-sweep of the under-13 male solo events.

After bagging four gold and one bronze at last year's titles, the dynamic all-rounder from Bundaberg ruled at Emu Park this time, turning it on to sweep all before him in the surf and board races, ironman, and beach sprint and flags.

In the ironman, O'Shea upstaged Joshua Finnis who had beaten him into third in the event 12 months earlier.

He also played an integral role in winning four of the five teams' age events.

O'Shea combined brilliantly for relay victories with Corey Findlay, Lachlan Wood and Max Wright in the beach, Findlay and Finnis in the board, Findlay, Finnis and Wright in the cameron, and Findlay, Darius Towner and Finnis in the surf teams.

But, he and Wood were edged out by Findlay and Finnis in the board rescue event.

Branch Development Officer Craig Holden, of Bundaberg, was in awe of O'Shea's overall performance, and he looks set to go for gold at the upcoming state junior championships.

He was by far the most successful of the local contingent at the carnival, with club-mate Charlotte Cummings and Moore Park's Jaya McLaughlin and Madison Giudice the only other multiple solo winners, each with doubles.

Cummings emerged as a star of the future by beating all comers in the under-9 female flags and sprint, and she also added bronze in the wade race.

McLaughlin came to the fore in the under-9 male flags and surf race and was also runner-up in the sprint and he was a handy fifth in the wade race, while Giudice lit up the beach to grab the under-12 female double.

Bundaberg had two other individual champions, Mitchell Wright in the under-9 male wade race, and Amy Lester who sped to the under-14 female sprint crown but had to settle for a gallant second in the flags.

Moore Park produced four other solo winners, Jake Tolvanen, Kiraly Groom, Thomas Walker and Martin Powell.

Tolvanen beat all challengers in the under-12 male flags and all but the winner in the board race, while Groom showed her strength by outgunning her rivals in the under-12 ironwoman and finishing a gallant second in the surf race.

Walker took gold in the under-9 male sprint and silver in the flags, with Powell following in the footsteps of his beach star big brother Chris by clinching the under-11 male flags and running second in the sprint.

Jaymee Ericson flew the flag high for the Elliott Heads club with her triumph in the under-9 female wade race, bronze in the sprint and fourth-placing in the flags.

O'Shea's sister, Tailah, showed talent runs in the family by picking up two silver medals, in the under-10 female surf and wade races.

Giudice's brother, Thomas, also mixed it with the best with three medals – silver in the under-10 male flags and bronze in the sprint and wade.

Another Moore Park representative, Sandi Davis, also upheld a proud family tradition with her seconds in the under-11 female surf race and ironwoman and third in the board race.

Despite Bundaberg and Moore Park's strong performances across the board, they wound up third and fourth respectively in the aggregate with 371.75 and 291, well behind Tannum Sands' 776.5 and the host club's 696, with the small Elliott Heads team seventh.

Tannum also took home the other four trophies on offer – water, beach, junior and handicap.

The Bundaberg club continued a proud tradition by again winning the junior march past, while Moore Park scored a famous victory in the all-age relay.



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