SLSQ celebrates 30 years of North Aussies
The best surf sport athletes from Hervey Bay to Port Douglas will compete in the North Australian Championships this weekend, as the event celebrates 30 years of competition.
This year will be extra special with 420 competitors taking part, the highest number of participants the North Aussies have seen since 2015 and an increase by nearly 100 people year-on-year.
The competition will feature athletes ranging from Under 11’s through to Opens and Masters, contesting a range of events including beach flags and sprints, surf ski, surf boats, pool rescue, and the ironman and ironwoman races.
Surf Life Saving Queensland Sport Event Coordinator Ryan Bennett said it will be a thrilling three days of racing.
“We have a large group of talented athletes competing this year, which will see some great competition across a range of events,” he said.
“Cairns Surf Life Saving Club will be fierce competitors, hoping to take the overall win for the 10th year in a row.”
“They will have some strong competition from other clubs trying to break their winning streak.”
The action kicks off on Friday, with pool rescue events at the Mackay Aquatic and Recreational Centre. Lifesavers will apply their rescue skills in a still water setting for this component of the competition.
The competition will continue at Mackay’s Harbour Beach across the weekend with athletes set to line up across a fully day of beach, board, ski, and boat events.
Spectators are encouraged to come down and watch with the action kicking-off at 8am both Saturday and Sunday.