Yeppoon Surf Life Saving duo in Queensland Country team
NATHAN Mitchell and Hannah Thompson are setting their sights on a golden performance at the Gold Coast after gaining selection in the Queensland Country Surf Life Saving team.
The Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club junior duo dominated the North Australian championships in Mackay last weekend to clinch respective under-15 male and female age champion titles.
Yeppoon proved a force to be reckoned with at the event and returned with a swag of medals, resulting in six members being selected to represent Queensland Country on the Gold Coast later this year.
Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club deputy president Jason Thompson praised Mitchell and Thompson for their outstanding performances.
"Nathan and Hannah being named age champions are some of the best results Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club's junior team has achieved at the North Australian Titles," Thompson said.
"Being named age champion is a culmination of consistent results across the weekend in events such as surf swim, iron man/woman, boards, beach sprints and team events in the pool. Nathan and Hannah have trained extremely hard during the off-season and their efforts have certainly been rewarded.
"It is not just about competition, each of the events and skills used are real surf lifesaving skills these club members use when patrolling Yeppoon Main Beach every weekend. Being a Queensland Country team member is an opportunity to compete against the best surf lifesavers in Queensland and to access top-level coaches."
Other notable achievements at the North Australian Titles include gold medal performances from Colby Louis in the under-13 male ironman, Carla Thompson in the under-15 female tube rescue and Hannah Thompson, Carla Thompson, Emily Glithero and Isabelle Paskin in the under-15 female medley relay. Yeppoon's haul of medals resulted in Queensland Country team selection for Louis, Darcy Milful, Kayla Osborne, Mitchell, Hannah Thompson and Carla Thompson.
The Mackay SLS event ran in conjunction with rounds one and two of the Navy Australian Surf Rowers League season, attracting crews from Townsville, Picnic Bay, Emu Park and Mackay. Emu Park sent five crews with two units returning home with gold medals, reigning supreme in open men and under-23 women divisions.