Sweetcheeks receive their medals: (from left) Elspeth Thorpe, Rachael Withoos, Tony Davis, Renee Withoos and Nikki Cooke.
Sweetcheeks receive their medals: (from left) Elspeth Thorpe, Rachael Withoos, Tony Davis, Renee Withoos and Nikki Cooke. Contributed

Sweetcheeks surf boat crew brings home Aussie gold

TANNUM Sands Surf Life Saving Club surf boat crews are dominating competition after the under-23 women's team Sweetcheeks won one of the feature events of the season.

The girls contested the Australian Surf Rowers League Australian Open at Stockton Beach on Sunday and brought home the gold medal.

Coach Phil Massingham said the Australian Open was the second biggest event of the year, after nationals.

"And they did it very well," Massingham said. "They never looked like losing."

Two Tannum men's crews also went, with the under-19 Gorlocks and under-19 Trojans competing in the event where 400 crews battle across all divisions.

Gorlocks secured the bronze medal and Trojans were eighth after they were knocked out one race before the final.

"We only took three crews and came back with two medals," Massingham said.

"We're pretty chuffed."

Sweetcheeks and Trojans were part of the Queensland team which won the National Interstate Surf Boat Championship at the same event at the weekend.

Massingham said Queensland had not won for seven years.

Tannum sent two crews to the Big Wave Classic in Piha, New Zealand earlier this month.

Under-19 Gorlocks won their division and the open men's Anarchy came fifth in the final.

There will be no rest for Tannum crews this weekend - the club is taking seven or eight crews to Noosa for the Queensland Cup Series.



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