Locals ready to make a splash for Queensland Country
SURF LIFE SAVING: Fifteen surf life savers from the Emu Park and Yeppoon clubs will represent Queensland Country at the Queensland Interbranch Championships this weekend.
The talented local contingent will be up against the best from the Sunshine Coast, South Coast and Point Danger branch teams at the Gold Coast.
The Queensland Country team was selected from the North Australian Championships held last month in Mackay, which attracted clubs from Hervey Bay in the south to Port Douglas in the north.
It includes six representatives in each age group - four water and two beach competitors.
For the first time, the whole male water team in the under-17 age group comes from Emu Park.
Mason Hebbard, Ethan Murphy, Nathan Mitchell and Jacob Spark will contest the water events, which are run in a team format and include surf races, board races and ironman.
Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club's Caitlyn Goudie, 14, is excited at the prospect of representing Queensland Country for the second year in a row.
This year's selection came after she scored a top-four finish in each of the nine events she contested at the North Australian Championships
"It's really exciting and it's always a big goal,” she said.
Caitlyn, who is joined in the team by her brother Kade, has been involved in surf life saving for about nine years.
She said she loved the competitive side of the sport but also the chance to make friendships with people from across the state.
Emu Park: Joshua Williams U15, Max Tapp U15, Liam Maxwell U15, Jacob Spark U17, Mason Hebbard U17, Ethan Murphy U17, Nathan Mitchell U17, team coach Ted McLeod
Yeppoon: Ella Milfull U13, Kade Goudie U14, Jack Newton U14, Emily Sattler U14, Caitlyn Goudie U15, Darcy Milfull U15, Zachary Paskin U15, Kayla Osborne U17, female chaperone Natalie Cumming