Terrific Tannum ride surf success
LEADING Queensland and Gladstone surf life saver Nicole Lowe has returned home with a bronze medal from the Australian Championships currently held on the Sunshine Coast.
Lowe finished a challenging Champion Lifesaver race in third place in a high quality field of five in the 30 to 39-year women's event.
"I was .75sec behind second place, so it was not even a second difference," Lowe said.
The Champion Lifesaver tests competitors' fitness and proficiency and is a points-accumulated discipline.
"It basically covers everything from resuss, theory, water events."
Lowe narrowly missed out on a place in the Beach Flag category where she missed a medal by one spot.
"It was really tough this year and the fields were tough," Lowe said.
The under-15 and under-14 Nippers from the TSSLSC also competed extremely well, according to Lowe.
"Ryan Bebendorf won silver in the under-15 Male Board Race while Sidney Blake competed in the under-17 Female Beach Sprint where she finished in fifth place in the quarter-finals," Lowe said.
It is the first time that the Australian Championships were held on the Sunshine Coast since 1980.
Meanwhile the Tannum Sands surfboat team of sweep Tony Davis, Ken Pollock, Brian Lloyd Julie Withoos and Shane Gardiner competed at the same event.