Tannum teens excel

TANNUM Sands coaches can be justified in believing they're doing everything right following a successful 2006 Queensland Surf Lifesaving Championships campaign at North Burleigh last weekend.

Perhaps the most promising aspect of the performance was the number of club teenagers who excelled against the best competitors in the state, heralding a bright future for the Tannum club.

Head coach Brian Carroll said the club's 18th overall placing among the 37 clubs was pleasing, the result reflecting the quality rather than quantity of Tannum competitors.

"It's great that the coaches can come away thinking 'alright, we're on track here with our programs','' Carroll said. "We jumped something like 20 places from last year.''

Sarah Farlow was a standout performer for the club, winning gold in the open female malibu long board event as well as silver and bronze medals in the under-19 and open surf board riding events respectively.

Others in the club's youth brigade to figure prominently were brothers Bryce and Jared Onions.

Bryce, who has proved a consistent competitor at state level without claiming a top three placing, finally cracked it for a major placing when snaring a bronze under-17 surf board riding medal.

Jared was unlucky not to join him, finishing fourth in the under-19 beach flags.

Also in top form were Nelson Corones (5th, u/15 flags) and Sophie Badyk who took sixth place in a hot under-15 beach sprint field.

Arnika Tieman, Teneille Koenig and Jacqui Craig all competed well to reach semi-finals in the various water craft events. The under-15 male relay team of Corones, Johnnie Stewart, Todd Bartholomew and Blake Neaton and their open counterparts Ryan Bartholomew, Chris Marlow, Jared Onions and Carroll each finished fourth in their age division.

As reported in The Observer last Saturday, Caroll also won gold and silver medals in masters competition the previous day, winning the men's 35-39 years beach flags and finishing second in the beach sprint.

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