Trio eyes medal at state championships

THREE Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club juniors have had their eyes on one prize for close to 12 months now - a medal at the Queensland Championships.

It's not an individual medal, but one the three boys can win as a team.

After finishing the board relay in sixth position last season, Reghan Skerman, Ryan Bebendorf and Michael Poli got together and set themselves a goal.

And that was to improve on their ranking.

So far signs are good, after finishing in the silver medal position at the first big hit-out this season.

"We did pretty good at North Australian Championships," Skerman, 13, said.

"We were second. But we need to improve our paddling and our change-overs."

This year has presented a challenge for the trio, changing over from small boards to larger boards.

It is taking some time, but Bebendorf does not expect it to be a problem, especially with a number of events to test themselves at different beaches.

"We knew we were going onto the mals," the 14-year-old said.

"I am going to Queensland Country this week, so that will improve my board."

The other two team members will instead head to Agnes Water, testing themselves in the slightly larger conditions.

The following week presents yet another trip to Agnes Water for heavier competition, meaning another chance to improve.

But Poli, 14, thinks that the skills are there, the boys just need to get stamina and maintain it until the state event in March.

"It is about getting speed overall and stamina," he said. "To get a medal would be awesome."



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