Nippers take on surf life saving champs to celebrate upcoming SLSQ Youth State Championships

A couple of North Kirra nippers went head-to-head with some of the sport’s best today, to celebrate the upcoming Surf Life Saving Queensland Youth State Championships.

Three-time Australian and four-time Nutri Grain Ironwoman Champion Karla Gilbert along with four-time Australian Ironman Champion Ky Hurst came out of retirement to jump back on the board, joining Northcliffe’s Matt Bevilaqua, who is fresh from finishing fourth in the Nutri Grain Ironman Series, to race against the next generation of stars.

Karla said she cannot wait for Youth Championships to return next week after nearly two years of no Queensland State Titles for the juniors.


More than 1600 nippers from all over Queensland will descend upon North Kirra SLSC for three action packed days of events.

“I loved every minute of competing in surf sports, from when I was a nipper through to an Ironwoman champion,” she said.

“I can’t wait to see the exciting spectator and competitor experiences at the upcoming 2021 Youth State Championships where my daughters will be competing.

“It’s been more than 700 days since they’ve been able to compete at State Titles, so I know they’ll all be busting to get out there!”

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Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Youth State Championships start Friday March 12 and continue to Sunday March 14 at North Kirra.

All three days of competition will be live streamed on SLSQ’s Facebook channel. There will also be plenty of action to enjoy on the beach for both competitors and spectators alike, with super screens, market stalls, activities for the kids and live entertainment.

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