Emu Park club has a real chance in junior surf competition
SURF LIFESAVING: About 400 surf athletes will be looking to stamp their mark in the sand at Emu Park when they compete in the Junior Branch Championships for Central Queensland Wide Bay Region.
Competitors from host club Emu Park Surf Club, Yeppoon, Tannum Sands, Elliott Heads, Bundaberg, Moore Park, Agnes Waters and Harvey Bay will this weekend battle it out in various water and beach events.
Emu Park Surf Club's junior activities organiser John Quinn said there would be some impressive competition between the athletes aged from under-eights through to under-14s.
"There is the chance for some competitors to go onto represent their club at the State Carnival in Hervey Bay on March 1-3," Quinn said.
"Tannum Sands won the Branch Titles last year and they will be the club to beat. Emu Park is reasonably strong across the club and will be competitive."
Along with a talented group of under-12 boys in both beach and water events, Emu Park has in its ranks swimmer Matilda Phelan, who for the past two years dominated her age groups in the swim at state level.
Phelan has claimed the under-11 and under-12 swim titles and this year she will chasing honours in the under-13 division.
The annual Branch Titles was scheduled to be staged two weeks ago but flooding closed roads and the beach.
"The water quality at Emu Park is okay, it has settled down a bit ... I don't think visibility will be affected too much but it will be the same for everyone," Quinn said.
Meanwhile, a pool rescue competition will be held tomorrow night at Rockhampton Grammar Pool to kick start the carnival.
On Saturday, competition starts at 8am and finishes at 4pm. On Sunday, the carnival runs from 8am-1pm.
Junior SLS Branch Championships for CQ Wide Bay
About 400 nippers will contest various water (swim, board, iron and team events) plus beach events (flags, sprint and relays). Younger nippers - under-eights and nine will do all beach events plus wades in place on swims and board.
Competition starts tomorrow at Rockhampton Grammar School with the pool rescue competition.
Competition on Saturday 8am-4pm, at Emu Park beach; Sunday 8am-1pm, at Emu Park beach.