After months of training and preparation, over 800 Gold Coast nippers will dive into the 2018 Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships on the Sunshine Coast this weekend.
Kicking off on Friday, the championships will see more than 1,700 of the state’s top junior surf lifesavers from Port Douglas in North Queensland, down to Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast, battle it out across three days of action.
Surf Life Saving Queensland sports manager Stuart Hogben says it’s great to see so many locals competing in the event.
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“The Championships provide a great opportunity for these young competitors to test their skills in the surf and against some of the best junior surf lifesavers from across the state, and it’s really exciting to think we may be seeing the next Shannon Eckstein or Courtney Hancock in action,” Mr Hogben said.
“But, having said that, these championships are all about getting out there and giving it your best shot and that’s what makes this such a wonderful event each year.
“At the end of the day, we want to encourage these kids to lead an active and healthy lifestyle, but we also want to encourage them to remain in the movement and eventually develop into fully-fledged patrolling lifesavers.”