Tannum Sands lifesavers charge at titles
BIG things are expected of a small Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club contingent at this week's Australian Championships in Kurrawa on the Gold Coast.
Although short on quantity compared to larger clubs, Tannum lack nothing in quality with a team featuring proven competitors at state and national level.
The in-form Tannum Turbos under-19 surf boat crew, fresh from victory in Sunday's InterOcean Series at Kurrawa, will lead the Tannum charge at the championships which start tomorrow. Crew members Jason Bedford, Matthew Bellert, Shannon Chynoweth and Joel Sherwood is in high spirits after securing back-to-back victories following the previous weekend's triumph in the VB Queensland Cup final at Coolum Beach.
The Turbos' sweep Tony Davis will also take charge of Tannum's reserve grade crew featuring Rob deVries, Tim Madden, Ken Pollock and Brett Rowe.
The crew will have two bites at the championship title in Kurrawa by also competing in the 160-years plus masters division tomorrow.
Also looking to figure strongly in masters competition is Katrina Maynard whose speed across the sand has earned her a start in both the female beach flags and sprint competitions.
On Friday, beach specialist Ryan Barthlomew will look to back up his gold medal flags effort at the state titles when he contests the under-17 sprint and flags events.
Also competing in the beach events is fellow speedster Chris Marlow in the open division.
Rounding out the Tannum team is the experienced first aid duo of Gail Williams and Garry Norris who will aim to improve on last year's bronze medal in the open division.
The pair have trained well since gaining a silver medal in state competition in January and are confident of again stepping on to the dais with Queensland teams having dominated the first aid competition for the past decade.