School lifesavers to test skills

MOVE over sunbathers, dog walkers and leisurely swimmers and make way for the 175 students that have hit Tannum Sands Main Beach today.

Secondary School Surf League is back for the 12th consecutive year and will be stirring up as much sand as last year's event in Rockhampton.

The league will have 10 schools competing in the event from the Capricorn Coast, Rockhampton, Gladstone and the Tannum Sands areas.

The teenagers have come together to battle it out in traditional lifesaving events such as ironman, beach flags, surf races and board race events.

And there will be some stiff competition, especially from our local schools.

Last year's champions, St Brendan's College, will be expected to show the same force and are favourites for the title again this year, but it won't be won easily.

Emmaus College, St Ursula's College and Tannum State High School team will challenge St Brendan's with great force and stand as tough competitors.

The Championship School title will have the students from years eight to 12 compete in a number of fun events including water and beach relay events.

The students and schools will go head-to-head in the events for the title of Champion School and Age Champion.

SLSQ regional manager for the Wide Bay Capricorn Region, Craig Holden, said once the competitors hit the water things would get serious.

“We try and make it as fun and as enjoyable as possible and encourage the students to join their local surf clubs,” he said.

He said surf lifesaving had two main aspects, the community service and the fun of the sport.

“We teach life skills like CPR, but we also are a traditional icon and have a real social, fun atmosphere,” he said.

The competition will start at 9am today at Tannum Sands Main Beach, with the presentations to finish the day at 2.30pm.

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