Young guns prove themselves

Steve Hansen believes he has three of Queensland’s best up-and-coming beach sprinters under his tutelage.

The respected sprint coach said Bianca DexterBraydon Batt from Elliott Heads Surf Life Saving Club, and Chris Powell, from Moore Park, were stars in the making on the beach sport scene.

“They are going to be right up there with the best; they are pretty good right now,” he said.

“They are coming up against the top athletes in Queensland and they are finishing in the top three.

“If they are not first or second then they are third.”

All three have been training under Hansen for the past three seasons and made rapid strides in beach sprints and beach flags.

The trio will be competing in the Fastest Man on Sand event as part of the South Pacific Championships over the weekend.

The event, held on the Gold Coast, will feature some of the top surf lifesavers from across Australia competing in a range of events over three days.

“This is the first big entry on the Queensland surf sports calendar before next year’s state and national titles,” Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) surf sports manager Chris Harris said.

“For many of the athletes, this weekend is their last chance to impress selectors ahead of the state Cyclones team announcement.” Hansen said expectations were high for his athletes.

“I expect them to do really well at this event,” he said.

All three were picked for Queensland Country this year, but with a win at Kirra Beach they could be included on the Queensland team.

“I’ve got no doubt that they can do it,” Hansen said.

“Bianca was just short of a win at Queensland Country and she’s really hitting form.

“Braydon is flying at the moment, and he and Chris can beat anyone on their day.”

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