Tannum surf boat crews win five gold medals at state titles
AFTER countless hours of training, travel and tiring competition, Tony Davis is still letting his gold-medal winning reality set in.
Heading south to North Kirra last weekend in hope of finding a shining gold medal buried somewhere among the competition, no one in the Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club thought winning an unprecedented five was possible.
Davis and his surf boat crews were ecstatic to have blown the competition away to win the state points by a huge margin.
"This is the first time in history we have won the points score too," Davis said.
"It has put us way above anyone."
Only in his wildest dreams did Davis hope to make such an impact on the Queensland Championships.
The next step is the Australian Titles in Perth, to be held from March 31 to April 6, where Tannum will have seven crews ready to charge toward more medals.
"I guess you always have that pressure, the Australian Championship we should factor and make those finals," Davis admitted of the expectation now placed upon all seven crews travelling west.
"You then hope it goes to plan, the crews have to be mentally prepared."
The Australian Championships is the country's the biggest event for surf boats.
Davis and fellow sweep Phil Massingham will be keen to improve the Queensland standing and put the Tannum Sands club on the big stage.
Tannum Sands Gold Medallists
U19 Men- Trojans
U23 Men- Gorlocks
U23 Women- Sweet Cheeks
Relay- Trojans, Sweet Cheeks, Hellfish