Emu Park shines at state champs
AN invasion of nippers hit Maroochydore coast for the 2012 Queensland Junior Surf Life Saving Championships last weekend.
More than 1500 of the sport's best youngsters flocked to the shoreline, with Emu Park represented by 19 team members, alongside Yeppoon and Tannum Sands Wide Bay Branch.
The Emu Park Club finished 16th in the club point score out of 37 clubs after competition in testing conditions across the three-day competition.
Junior activities co-ordinator (JAC) Darrin Spark knew it would be hard for Emu Park competitors to win, but that the under-12 girls, led by Matilda Phelan, looked to have great chances across the weekend, particularly in the surf race events.
"Matilda was a standout with gold in the surf race and fourth in the iron woman," Spark said.
"She was named female competitor of the carnival, which is a selection by the officials and recognises results and sportsmanship."
Spark said it was great to see the country clubs take out the under-12 female surf race.
"Matilda came first and then came Chloe Alcorn from North Queensland and Yeppoon's Hannah Thompson came third," he said.
Other Emu Park competitors featuring at the championships included Georgia Saunders or Tessa Walmsley in the two-person junior rescue and resuscitation (R&R) event.
"They picked up silver in the under-13 two-person event," Spark said.
"In the under-14s, Maddison Black and Eleanor Gambling came first in the two-person under-14 event as well, which was a non- championship event being trialled for the first time.
"The girls then combined to take gold in the five-person R&R ... Maddison Black, Eleanor Gambling, Kirsten Lorme, Tessa Walmsley and Georgia Saunders."
The Emu Park teams, along with coach Kerry Connelly, were awarded with the shield for best overall R&R club points score.
"Our R&R teams did extremely well, especially across the under-13 and under-14 female age groups," Spark said.
The Emu Park JAC said his team had leading chances in the beach and surf events also.
"In the under-12, both Mason Hebbard and Sam Tollasepp made semis in the surf race with Mason also making the board semi," he said.
"Under-11s Jacob Spark came fourth in the beach flags, ninth in the ironman final and 13th in the surf race. Ethan Murphy also came 10th in the surf race final and was a semi-finalist in the ironman. Both board rescue teams made the semis - Jacob Spark and Ethan Murphy in team one and Kurt Lorme and Dawson Black in team two."