Tannum Sands Surf Club leads medal charge
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
LOOK out everybody, the Tannum Sands Surf Club is leading the local's charge for medals at this weekend's XXXX North Australian Surf Lifesaving Carnival at Harbour Beach, Mackay.
Tannum Sands is taking a sixty strong contingent to the carnival which attracts clubs from Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Club head coach Brian Carroll expects the club to perform strongly across the carnival with plenty of talent in their ranks.
"We have plenty of top chances from the younger kids in the nippers right through to our open and masters events,'' Carroll said.
Branch under-19 premiership winner Sarah Farlow shapes as one of Tannum's best chances, having performed strongly at last year's beach and water events.
She will be challenged by club-mate and close rival Jocia Bekker, as the club's collection of junior stars look to make an impression.
These include under-17 competitors Ryan Bartholemew and Jared Onions who will compete against each other in the sprint and flags events.
A swag of medals is hoped for from Tannum's under 14 brigade with the likes of Jessica Bauer (flags), Sophie Badyk (sprint), Sarah Lowe (swim) and Katie Craig (swim) full of potential.
The under-13 crew of Holly Stafford, Gemma Sweeney, Nicola Harper, Brianna Robbins, Hayden de Vries and Ben Jarvis are aspiring for some strong finishes.
Twelve-year-old Mackenzie Steer is a top open water competitor and along with Meg Stafford and Andrew Maynard are rated good chances, while the under-11 contingent are experiencing their first big test at this top level.
Tannum will also have a strong open and masters division team with Wayne Steer, Katrina Maynard and Julie Withoos hoping to perform strongly.
Look out for how Tannum Sands fared at Mackay in The Observer next week.