Lifesavers keep eyes on the prize
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
IF YOU are looking to be saved on Saturday, the best place to be is Tannum beach as some of Queensland's best lifesavers are competing in the Ergon Energy Wide Bay Capricorn Branch surf rescue championships.
The Tannum Sands Surf Club is hosting the top-class event which will draw competitors from six clubs across the branch including Yeppoon, Emu Park, Hervey Bay, Elliott Heads and Bundaberg. After Tannum's great success at the XXXX North Australian Titles in Cairns, the locals are rated good chances for success.
Dynamic duo Gail Williams and Garry Norris will be the club's best chances of winning in the Senior First Aid event.
The pair collected gold in Mackay last weekend and need to win to qualify for January's State Rescue Championships.
Gail who is also the Tannum club's vice-president believes the locals will have a major impact on proceedings.
"Myself and Garry are looking forward to doing well, but we are expecting a strong competition,'' Williams said.
Gail added her nearest rivals may not be all that far from home, with talented youngsters Teneille Koenig and Taryn Robey expected to perform well.
"Teneille and Taryn are very good, they are a big chance,'' she said.
The Tannum crew also includes two strong chances in the tough Champion Lifesaver contest.
Sarah Lowe and Clint Swanton have been training hard and are expected to figure heavily in their respective age groups.
The Champion Lifesaver is a demanding seven discipline event including board, rescue, run-swim-run and tube races, a beach sprint, resuscitation leg and a written test.
The event is the true test of a lifesaver and winners are always well-respected.