Tannum tenacity shines through at lifesaving titles
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE OLD proverb 'little strokes fell big oaks' certainly applies to the Tannum Sands Surf Club team who finished seventh at the North Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships in Mackay last weekend.
The local club shone amongst the cream of the north's top 16 clubs in the two-day titles held at Harbour Beach in Mackay. Leading the Tannum charge were a number of juniors who made up the majority of the 65strong line-up.
Nicola Harper, Sophie Badyk, Ryan Bartholomew and Sarah Lowe tasted success, winning at least one individual event among their assortment of top-three placings.
Team-mates Rachel Withoos and Meg Stafford teamed up to win the under-13 board rescue in what was one of three Tannum team wins.
Seasoned duo Garry Norris and Gail Williams came up trumps in the Open First Aid for the second straight year, while Sarah Lowe and Katie Craig emerged victorious in the under15 board rescue. Throw these winning displays inwith Tannum's host of second and third place-getters and you see why they finished in the top half of clubs.
Juniors Jessica Lawrie, Jacqui Craig, Nicki Cooke and Teneille Koenig earned second places, while club coach Brian Carroll also got into the spirit, scoring a second place of his own in the 3539 years beach sprint.
There were also a host of third place finishers including Julie Withoos, Arnika Tieman, Renee Withoos, Leisa Lowe, Nicole Lowe and John Stewart.
Also placing third was the club's junior march past team of 12 which consisted of Nicola Harper, Emma Carroll, Daniel Barker, Sarah Connolly, Rachel Withoos, Ben Jarvis, Brianna Robins, Jacqui Craig, Keeley Madden, Renee Withoos, Amber Grosskreutz and Tegan Jarvis.