Brooke Wacker is ready for this weekend’s competition.
Brooke Wacker is ready for this weekend’s competition. Allan Reinikka

Big splash for Brooke

SURF LIFE SAVING: She made waves of success in recent Surf Life Saving events and now she will step up an age group to face the seniors.

Emu Park Surf Life Saving Club’s Brooke Wacker will compete in the board, swim and ironwoman event in this weekend’s Wide Bay Capricorn Premiership series at Agnes Waters.

The 14-year-old is hoping to build on her recent success and her coach, Ted McLeod, said he expects her to do well in the under-15 events.

“It is a big step but she can do it,” Ted McLeod said.

“She is good on the board and an excellent swimmer, which makes her an excellent ironwoman competitor.”

Wacker made the Queensland Country side this year and made an impression on her opponents in the ironwoman and swim event at the North Australian Championships in October in Mackay.

Wacker also claimed Age Champion at the carnival and she shows no signs of weakness, even against the seniors.

McLeod said Wacker will use this carnival as preparation for the state and national titles early next year.

“Brooke will go really well at the states and they will be held at Emu Park, so she will be at her best on her own beach,” he said.

Daniel Cocker will also be competing at the event and will be hard to beat in the beach sprint and flags event.

John Kneen will skip the beach and head straight for the water and is expected to rise above competitors in the surf race and ironman events.

But there is little that will concern recent champion Chris Blanchard as he hits the board and ski events.

As the four lifesavers head to Agnes Waters another local group will be heading further south to Coolangatta for the Ocean’s 38 series.

McLeod said Sam Bell has shown strength in the ocean this year and will maintain that in this weekend’s carnival.

Matthew McLeod and Todd Russel are also expected to hit the beach in strong form in Coolangatta.

“Basically these events are just warm-ups for all of them for state and national titles and I think they all will go really well.”



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