Riley McGregor's victory
A STRONG swimming and board performance helped Bundaberg’s Riley McGregor hold off some of Australia’s top young iron men to win gold at the South Pacific Championship on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
The Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club 18 year old had a big enough lead after the first two legs to ward off any challengers as he skied onto the beach for victory.
“They were catching up to me in the skis, but I was able to hold on and get a win,” McGregor said.
“They are the guys that you compete against here and some of the bigger events at the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, so it was good to get a win.”
Mcgregor represented Queensland Country in the under-19 event.
He teamed up with fellow Bundaberg junior Ben Sheppard in the Queensland Country team for the under-19 surf race.
The pair performed strongly in the event to help Queensland Country secure second place on the podium.
Fellow Bundaberg champion Adina McDougall helped her team to the win in the female under-19 surf team event.
The Queensland Country star was part of the team that beat Swansea Belmont and Kurrawa in the final.
It was also a big day for Moore Park Beach Surf Life Saving Club member Georgia Devlin, who returned with two first place finishes.
The 16 year old maintained her unbeaten form in 2009 in the under-17 beach sprints with a win on Saturday.
Straight after the under-17 beach sprints she competed in the under-17 flags, where she stormed through for victory.
While Devlin was winning the flags, the announcers were calling for her to start the Open Beach Sprint.
After clinching the win in the flags she ran to the start of the heats in the Open Beach sprint and stormed into the final.
From there she finished second overall against a number of seasoned veterans.
“What she’s doing at the moment is phenomenal,”coach Daryl Charteris said.
“I knew she would give the senior girls a shake-up.”