Athlete Development

A pivotal part of Queensland’s continued success in surf sports is SLSQ’s strong focus on athlete development at grassroots level.

SLSQ has implemented an athlete development program which provides an opportunity for surf sports athletes to further develop their skills, allowing our members to reach their full potential. Traditionally, Queensland has produced some of the country’s best surf sports athletes and SLSQ is committed to continuing this tradition as well as offering athletes of any ability the opportunity to perform at their best.

The SLSQ High Performance Program aims to cultivate the state’s most promising surf sport athletes.

The SLSQ High Performance Program changes from year to year, but aims to provide opportunities to develop athletes across all sport disciplines in surf life saving, from summer competition, pool rescue, IRB racing and surf boat rowers.

Surf Life Saving Queensland is committed to developing athletes throughout Queensland and has a dedicated regional surf sport program to cater for northern competitors.

North Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

The North Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is one of Queensland’s major events, and is the largest surf sports event held outside of South-East Queensland. It is third only in size (number of competitors) behind the Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships and the Queensland Junior Surf Life Saving Championships.

The North Australian Surf Life Saving Championships are restricted to entry by surf lifesavers from clubs located within the Wide Bay Capricorn, North Barrier, and North Queensland branches as well as the Northern Territory – Hervey Bay in the south to Port Douglas in the north and across to Darwin and Gove. Competition is held across a range of events and caters to under-11 to masters’ competitors.


Queensland Country Team

The Queensland Country (under-13 to under-17) representative team is selected each year based on results achieved at the North Australian Championships. The team comprises of 40 competitors, with five males and five females selected from each age group – under-13, under-14, under-15 and under-17. The team competes annually at the Queensland Interbranch Championships against Sunshine Coast, South Coast and Point Danger branches.


Queensland Country High Performance Pool Rescue Squad

With a strong emphasis currently being placed on Pool Rescue Competition development within regional Queensland, SLSQ – through the SLSQ Regional Surf Sports Advisory Panel – have implemented a Queensland Country High Performance Pool Rescue Squad. This squad is selected annually (normally in May/June) with squad members given exposure to specialised coaching, attendance at training camps and an opportunity to attend high-level competitions and carnivals such as the State and National Pool Rescue Championships and the Arafura Games. For more information about the Queensland Country HP Pool Rescue Squad, please contact Craig Holden (cholden@lifesaving.com.au).


SLSQ Regional Surf Sports Advisory Panel

As part of this new focus on enhancing and growing surf sports in regional Queensland, the SLSQ Regional Surf Sports Advisory Panel was formed. The panel meets regularly and discusses strategic and operational issues to continue to develop surf sports in regional areas and to provide more opportunities for northern athletes to compete.

The Queensland Cyclones is the name SLSQ gives to its multiple state teams. SLSQ has four separate Queensland Cyclones teams that compete across summer competition, pool rescue, IRB and surf boats. These teams compete for an overall point-score trophy at each event as well as the Alan Whelpton Trophy, which is awarded to the winning state across all four championship events.

Combined Queensland Cyclones Teams

Youth Pathway Cup team (YPC)

Name Gender Club
Leah Pilkington Female Alexandra Headland
Georgia McKinley Female Sunshine Beach
Summer Hooper Female Sunshine Beach
Allana Glowaski Female Tallebudgera
Britney Ingr Female Currumbin
Ryley Harland Male Northcliffe
Ethan Callaghan Male North Burleigh
Kane Martin Male Tannum Sands
Herb Winter Male Currumbin
Will Kruger Male Alexandra Headland
Name Gender Club
Jamie Perkins Female Maroochydore
Claudia Bailey Female Northcliffe
Alyssa Bailey Female Northcliffe
Isabelle Stark Female Maroochydore
Tahli Devine Female Kurrawa
Coeby Frigo Male Currumbin
Jacob Dickey Male Alexandra Headland
Euan Lynch Male Northcliffe
Sam Harris Male Maroochydore
Jacob O’Hara Male Maroochydore

Youth Team

Name Gender Club
Tayla Halliday Female Alexandra Headland
Charlotte Cross Female Currumbin
Brodee Trinca Female Southport
Tiarnee Massie Female Maroochydore
Elli Halliday Female Northcliffe
Natalie Clucas Female Currumbin
Name Gender Club
Adam Palmer Male Alexandra Headland
Joseph McMenamin Male Currumbin
Beau Meehan Male Southport
Kaan Karadag Male Maroochydore
Sam Frost Male Northcliffe
Kai Thompson Male Currumbin

Open Team

Name Gender Club
Olivia Heaton Female Alexandra Headland
Tiarrn Raymond Female Alexandra Headland
Hannah Sculley Female Northcliffe
Lucinda Kelly Female Alexandra Headland
Lani Pallister Female Alexandra Headland
Nicole Kay Female Kurrawa
Name Gender Club
James Porter Male Alexandra Headland
Ky Kinsela Male Currumbin
Corey Fletcher Male Southport
Jett Kenny Male Maroochydore
Cooper Williams Male Northcliffe
Sam Ross Male Currumbin

Team Managment

Name Gender Club
Craig Law Male Sunshine Beach
Amanda Meehan Female Currumbin
Darren Mercer Male Noosa
Greig Mel Male Heads
Cracroft-Wilson Female Kurrawa
Name Gender Club
Craig Law Male Sunshine Beach
Amanda Massie Female Maroochydore
Mike Janes Male Mermaid Beach
Sam Dick Male Currumbin
Mel Cracroft-Wilson Female Kurrawa

The Queensland Cyclones is the name SLSQ gives to its multiple state teams. SLSQ has four separate Queensland Cyclones teams that compete across summer competition, pool rescue, IRB and surf boats. These teams compete for an overall point-score trophy at each event as well as the Alan Whelpton Trophy, which is awarded to the winning state across all four championship events.

Open Men - Northcliffe Thunder

Position Name
Sweep Damien Clayphan
Stroke Jake Weston
2nd Stroke Jon Pepper
2nd Bow Ben Townsend
Bow Murray Stacey

Open Women - Northcliffe Krankitz

Position Name
Sweep Damien Clayphan
Stroke Shannen Aninsy
2nd Stroke Sara Western
2nd Bow Jen Davis
Bow Rachel Clayphan

Res Men - Maroochydore Bin Chickens

Position Name
Sweep Pat Mcguire
Stroke Ash Dighton
2nd Stroke Josh Graham
2nd Bow Callum Chrisholm
Bow Jack Williams

Res Women - Currumbin Concords

Position Name
Sweep Matt Wildman
Stroke Katherine Griffth
2nd Stroke Tanya Love
2nd Bow Michelle Gaffney
Bow Elise Buchanan

U23 Men - Currumbin Krakens

Position Name
Sweep Lyle Clark
Stroke Zach Thomson-Smith
2nd Stroke Bill Psaltis
2nd Bow Gabe Hanmer
Bow Jesse O’Neill

U23 Women - Tallebudgera Tubbies

Position Name
Sweep Gary Williams
Stroke Teagan Mcfarlane
2nd Stroke Meggan Holyman
2nd Bow Monika Woodhouse
Bow Melanie Walker

U19 Men - Northcliffe Tornados

Position Name
Sweep Michael Brooks
Stroke Angus Braithwaite
2nd Stroke Ethan Ferraro
2nd Bow Jack Handy
Bow Finnien Mitchell

U19 Women - Noosa Heads Kookaburras

Position Name
Sweep David Tomba
Stroke Maya Walsh
2nd Stroke Cjai Rosenkranz
2nd Bow Mackensie Jackson
Bow Chenoa Scott

Team to be selected soon.

Team to be selected soon.

Other Ways To Get Involved

Nippers

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