TOP TEAMMATES: Georgia Bell, Jessie Singh, Charlie Elliott and Sophie Duff combined to win a silver medal in the under-11 female beach sprint relay at the Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships.
TOP TEAMMATES: Georgia Bell, Jessie Singh, Charlie Elliott and Sophie Duff combined to win a silver medal in the under-11 female beach sprint relay at the Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships. Paul Braven

Surprise silver brings tears in beach relay

STANDING at one end of the beach relay track, Jessie Singh and Sophie Duff looked towards the finish line in wait.

The two girls were keen to see from their teammates where exactly they had finished in the Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships beach relay final.

What they saw was jumping, hugging, tears and then screaming, with Charlie Elliott and Georgia Bell telling them they had won a silver medal.

"When we crossed the line we looked at each other and were screaming," Charlie said.

The four girls had only just scraped through to the semi-finals in their heat to start the competition, so to be in the final was already surpassing expectations.

They thought it was possible to win a medal in the Cameron relay, but not the sprint.

"This was the event we did not expect to get a medal in," Sophie said.

The silver medal effort was on the back of about 15 minutes of training, with baton drops and breaks included as they quickly hoped to get it right.

A few tips from coaches must have fixed the issues.

"We want to thank our coach Ernie who made us train that once," Jessie said.

The excitement is still as high as it was at the finish line, the girls already looking towards next year, with more training of course.

"Hopefully next year we can get a win and go for gold," Georgia said.



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