SURF’S UP: Hayley Bowman and Erin Gibson star at the 2014 Wide Bay Capricorn Surf Rescue Championships held at Moore Park Beach.
SURF’S UP: Hayley Bowman and Erin Gibson star at the 2014 Wide Bay Capricorn Surf Rescue Championships held at Moore Park Beach. Alan Mcdougall

Top marks as our lifesavers master conditions at titles

TRYING beach conditions didn't hamper the ability of lifesavers to pose impressive scores during the Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Surf Rescue Championships.

Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club members combined for the overall best score to claim the Graham McKenzie Surf Rescue Shield; while Hervey Bay took handicap honours.

Bundaberg SLSC's Jocelyn Bowman said despite strong swells, all clubs were well represented and the competition was closely contested with only half a point separating the place getters in most of the events.

In the competition that tests rescue and first aid skills rather than just physical skills, Bowman said especially the under 14s and 15s competitors from all clubs deserved to be

congratulated.

"This was the first time these competitors competed in this type of competition," she said.

"You can only start competing in this event from under 14 through to masters."

Bundaberg SLSC's Erin Gibson and Teisha Towner scored a perfect 40 out of 40 in the Under 19 Champion

Lifesaver for resuscitation.

While Hayley Bowman, also contesting the Under 19 Champion Lifesaver, scored the highest theory mark of the carnival with 37 out of 40 and Emma Finnis scored 40 out of 40 in the physical section of the Under 19 Champion Lifesaver.

With such high scores between the four opponents, it was Erin Gibson who claimed the Under 19 Champion Lifesaver in one of the closest contested age groups.

Bundaberg SLSC's Matin Cole also performed strongly to take the 30-39 Male Champion Lifesaver from 2012/13 State Medallist,

Yeppoon's Matt Cummings.



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