Emu Park Life Saving Club still makes gold
EMU Park Surf Life Saving Club member Gary Ireland still has that golden touch.
Competing at the North Australian Championships at Mackay's Harbour Beach over the weekend, the former champion ironman won the 40-44 male surf race.
Ireland also won the board rescue with Paul Urquhart.
Emu Park struck gold in the 3034 years division with Anthony Selwyn winning the beach flags and rescue tube, while Stephen Dendle won the beach sprint and had to paddle all the way to his win in the surf ski, racing in flat conditions.
Fellow Emu Park lifesaver Janet Sparks won her female rescue tube while the club also headed home the field in the open beach relay masters 140 years and open masters board relay 130 years divisions. Dendle finished with four gold medals after joining the winning relay teams.
Emu Park flyer Daniel Rye set the pace on the beach winning the open beach flags and joined the winning open beach relay team, while Clancy Auriac captured the under-17 male ironman title.
Yeppoon also claimed gold medals with Gary Wilkins and Geoff Cocker combining to win the 4044 years double ski and Alesha Hotz won the open female champion lifesaver title.
William Robertson was also victorious for Yeppoon in his board race and placed third in the ironman and sprint events.
There was plenty of hot competition on offer with this year's championships hosted 871 competitors from 17 clubs.
Emu Park's, Jeff Hill, placed second in the 35-39 years male ski, Gary Lee was also second in his 45-49 years male beach sprint and Jessica Connolly and Samantha MacNevin teamed up to finished second in the two person rescue and resuscitate event.
Yeppoon club members finished third in the ski relay 130 years division. Townsville's Picnic Bay was crowned the champion club. The championships hosted divisions from under-11's through to masters.