Emu Park youngster excels at surf life saving championship
SURF LIFE SAVING: Young Central Queensland surf life saver Matilda Phelan did her Emu Park club proud over the weekend, taking out two of her three events at the CQ and Wide Bay Junior Branch Championships.
Amid a great turnout of about 800 competitors and spectators, Emu Park Surf Life Saving Club hosted the annual Central Queensland and Wide Bay Junior Branch SLS Championships at Emu Park Beach on Saturday and Sunday.
Emu Park Surf Club junior activities officer John Quinn said despite choppy seas and a few jelly-fish, the event went off without a hitch.
"It was very good and all the local kids competed very well," Quinn said.
"The conditions were a bit choppy but the weather was good and there were a few jellies around but the kids handled that well."
Quinn said the standout performer for Emu Park was Phelan who in the under-13 division won the swim and iron and placed second in the board event.
"Matilda Phelan would have to be the standout for Emu Park," Quinn said. "She is an exceptional swimmer and athlete and is going very well.
"Matilda will be going for her third straight swim title at the state championships this weekend."
With eight clubs competing in the event, Moore Park, Elliot Heads, Bundaberg, Tannum Sands, Agnes Waters, Harvey Bay, Yeppoon and Emu Park, Tannum won the carnival convincingly ahead of Yeppoon in second place and Emu Park in third.
Quinn said 14 young Emu Park competitors would travel to Harvey Bay this weekend for the State Junior Surf Life Saving Championships over three days.
STATE TITLES COMPETITORS
Under 11: Josh Williams, Francis Phelan, Liam Maxwell
Under 12: Jacob Spark, Kurt Lorne, Ethan Mercy, Dawson Black
Under 13: Luke Quinn, Sam Tollascep, Mason Hibbert, Matilda Phelan, Matthew Richardson
Under 14: Keirran Maxwell, Connor Baumen