CQ schools battle the waves



TANNUM Beach will be awash with lifesavers as it plays host to the Telstra Secondary Schools Surf League Central Queensland division today.

Over 200 students from 12 schools across Capricornia are expected to hit the beach to take part today.

Students from Gladstone State High, Tannum Sands High, Chanel College and Toolooa High will be leading the local charge against the best from Yeppoon, Rockhampton and Bundaberg.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Regional Development Manager Craig Holden is looking forward to a great day of competition on the sand and water.

'Traditionally the surf league is very well supported and this year should be no different,' Holden said.

'The competition is always fierce during the schools and it will be all happening.'

Holden said part of the focus of the day was encouraging those students who didn't regu- larly compete in Surf Life Sav- ing to try their hand at it.

"It is a major emphasis for us to get kids who may play cricket, footy, soccer or basketball, as an example, most of the time to give our sport a try.

'We want to give them the chance to see if they like surf sports and open up the options for them,' he said.

Events being contested on the day include the beach sprint, beach flags, surf swimming, ironman and ironmaiden, board paddling and relays.

It promises to be a great day, with action starting from 9am.



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