Competitors hit the water in last weekend’s Queensland Surf Rescue Championships at Dicky Beach.
Competitors hit the water in last weekend’s Queensland Surf Rescue Championships at Dicky Beach.

Surf patrol girls fill the void

SURF LIFESAVING: There are no problems filling the void left by outgoing Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) members Riley McGregor and Jamie Findlay.

The pair has been a permanent fixture on the podium for the club for years but have both now departed for Griffith University on the Gold Coast.

Their absence has given juniors such as Hayley Bowman, Jill Cremer, Teisha Towner and Erin Gibson the opportunity to come to the fore.

The foursome surged to silver last Sunday in the patrol competition at the State Surf Rescue Championships.

The patrol competition encompasses first aid, CPR, rescues, swim, boards and academic knowledge of surf lifesaving, as well as the need for common sense and personal organisational skills.

It was only their second competitive outing, following their success at the branch championships a month ago.

Their co-coach Janet Lindsay was amazed at their rapid rise.

“What they’ve done in a short time is amazing,” she said.

The odds were stacked against the girls but they mastered the tricky conditions to miss gold by a mere point.

“We scored our least favourable combination on the board with Jill, but she chose the best course and came in fourth to set up the win,” Lindsay said.

“Jill won’t get away with any excuses now – she was the outstanding athlete and team member that day.”

Other juniors such as Scott Mapson and Jack Lester are among the newest crop to pull their weight for Bundaberg SLSC.

“People should have confidence in the young volunteer patrolling members of Bundaberg surf club,” Lindsay said.

There were 23 teams from Queensland who competed during the weekend.

Bundaberg’s success was demonstrated with a top-five finish because of the performances of 10 members.

Bundaberg’s success and enthusiasm paid dividends for the club.

They received a $500 encouragement award which could be used to purchase a competition first aid kit.



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