Big Surf and Big Excitement for Day Two of the 2024 Youth Queensland Surf Lifesaving Championships

March 22, 2024

Day two of the 2024 Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships was a team affair with our junior competitors from ages U11 to U15 battling it out for club pride in the surf and on the beach.

For many competitors the news of relocation from Burleigh to North Kirra was welcome news, however for Tannum Sands’ U15 Female Board Relay Team A competitor Yasmin Witt this was not the case.

“I was a bit upset that we relocated to North Kirra because I wanted to paddle in the bigger surf that we don’t get at home but I’ll admit it’s pretty good here,” said Witt.

“This is my fifth year competing and I love the team events, to qualify for the final is exciting, we had a good heat so I am pretty excited to see how we go.”

The Tannum Sands A team placed 11th in the U15 Female Board Relay with Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park (BHMP) Team A taking out pole position.

It was a similar result in the U15 Male Board Relay with Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Team A also taking out first place, BHMP Team B joined the party placing second.

“Pretty happy we got the win, it was a tight finish in the end there,” said Zac Moir, final leg of the Team A relay.

“We’ve been training hard, it’s a cool result. We have such a strong group in the U15s so to have us both place one and two is great.”

North of the water arenas were the beach events where plenty of action took place, including a fantastic first place result for North Barrier in the U12 Mixed Beach Relay.

“Our semi’s were hard, we placed third in them so we didn’t expect to win here,” said team member Carter Renehan.

“We placed first last year as well in the same event, it’s great to come to the Gold Coast with my team.”

Surf Sports legend Courtney Handcock was beachside at today’s competition, coaching the next generation of stars for Tallebudgera SLSC who were off to a strong start results wise.

“I’m very lucky to be coaching, it’s a great environment down here at North Kirra,” said Hancock.

“The kids have been going really well with the challenging surf and back to back races, I’m so proud of all of them.”

Sunshine Beach SLSC Team Manager, Jade Berg echoed Hancock’s sentiments.

“We’ve got a really supportive surf sports program at Sunshine Beach,” said Berg.

“There’s been quite a few podium finishes with our U11 Girls really flying, placing first in some events.

“After our strong results at Branch we came in really confident and really excited to see how we would go.

“The team has been training really hard as a squad and working together which has been great to see.”

The 2024 Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships continue tomorrow at North Kirra.

Click here for results via live heats across the weekend.