Tannum Sands juniors come third at North Aussies
THIRTY-TWO nippers from Tannum Sands SLSC mixed it with the best surf sport athletes in North Queensland from October 26 to 28, showing that they were up to the task.
Tannum Sands juniors placed third overall at the North Australian Championships, an event held annually in Mackay, after Cairns (1) and Ellis Beach (2).
A lot of training, time and expense went into the smooth running of the carnival with the club thanking their age managers, officials, IRB crew and the water safety crew at the weekend.
The Queensland Country (under-13 to under-17) representative team is selected each year based on results achieved at the North Australian Championships and one Tannum Sands nipper's dream was realised when her name was announced in Mackay.
Alexandra Clarke , fondly known as Ally, has been working towards Queensland Country team selection for the last 12 months.
Ally is a natural at flags and has a passion for board; the result is an incredibly well-rounded and competitive athlete, clearly something selectors saw when choosing her for the under-13 contingent.
In Mackay, Ally won both her sprint and flag events, placed fourth in the board and sixth in the ironwoman.
"I trained a lot for it but I didn't know if I'd get in," she said. "I was so excited."
Training for Ally involves swimming squad with the Gladstone Gladiators about five times a week and ocean training six times a week with coach Mark Bryant.
The Queensland Country team competes annually at the Queensland Interbranch Championships and this year the team will travel to Sunshine Beach to train and compete between November 29 and December 2.
Ally has become good friends with girls from other clubs who she's met at carnivals and said she was keen to compete with them rather than against them.