Tannum star scorches Tugun sand
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
TANNUM Sands beach star Ryan Bartholomew led a splendid local charge in the third round of the weekend's Summer Surf Series at Tugun on the Gold Coast.
Bartholomew was the top local individual performer, finishing second in the under-17 beach flags and fourth in the under-17 sprint.
His performance was one of a number of top efforts by members of the Tannum Sands Surf Club at one of the strongest carnivals in Australia.
The majority of the Tannum crew which scorched the sand alongside competitors from 55 clubs across Australia qualified for finals.
Arnika Tieman finished 10th in the under-17 rescue tube race, while Dominique Gleixner also scored a 10th placing in the under- 17 flags.
The pacy Chris Marlow was at his best, qualifying for finals in the Open competition and was a member of the Wide Bay team (as was Bartholomew) which came second in the team flags.
The under-15 girls sprint relay team of Jessica Lawrie, Katie Craig, Jessica Bauer and Nicola Harper finished fifth in their final, while Lawrie also qualified for the flags final.
Club coach Brian Carroll who also competed at the carnival, was very pleased with the performance of the team.
'Everyone performed OK, it was a very good weekend for us,' Carroll said.
'The level of competition here is very good, so to have a number of people make and perform well in finals is a great effort.'