SUNSHINE SUCCESS: The U9 Sunshine SLSC girls team showed what they are made of - determination and talent.
SUNSHINE SUCCESS: The U9 Sunshine SLSC girls team showed what they are made of - determination and talent. Contributed

A medal rush for Sunshine SLSC

ANOTHER weekend, another medal haul for the Sunshine Beach SLSC following the Queensland Surf Rescue Titles in Bundaberg.

The Sunshine Beach Club has a rich history in the surf rescue competition, having won a number of Branch, State and National Titles over the past decade and it would appear that this rich vein of success is set to continue with another young crop of lifesavers keen to take up the challenge.

Lily Gooderham kicked off the carnival in fine style by taking out Gold in the U/14 champion lifesaver event, which challenges each competitor both mentally and physically through a theory paper, first aid skills and water based activities. Also in action, was team mate Freya Wilson who just missed out on the medals by two points, finishing a very credible fourth overall.

Club mates Jade Hooper and Amelia Ross dominated their opposition in the U/15 champion lifesaver event with gold and silver coming Team Sunshine's way courtesy of the girls.

Both Jade and Amelia have contested the surf rescue competition over the past couple of years, and this year saw both achieve top honours as they now head to Perth for the Aussies as both club and state representatives.

Our mighty Masters then hit the beach with both Allison Johnstone and Simon Thompson keeping pace with their younger counterparts, with both taking out the silver medal in the Champion Lifesaver event.

Next up our U/15 Girls Team of Amelia Ross, Freya Wilson, Lily Gooderham and Kate Scordalides joined forces to contest the prestigious patrol competition event. This event is held in very high regard amongst lifesaving purists with scenario based activities included in the competition point score to simulate real life rescues that our volunteer lifesavers deal with on a weekly basis.

The Sunshine Beach club has enjoyed great success in this event over the years capturing some five national titles, and the girls team have certainly demonstrated their desire to take out another with a gold medal winning performance yet again.

With only seven competitors in the team, Team Sunshine managed to finish in the Top 5 of the overall point score, an amazing achievement by this awesome crew.

On Sunday, it was the "Junior Burgers" time to shine, with our U/8 - 10's competitors heading off to Redcliffe for their final carnival of the season.

This is a great opportunity for those younger competitors and U/10's Joe Tolano and Mikaela Price are certainly two names to watch, with some very strong performances in their board events, while in the U/9's both Luke Lewis and Senna Greveling also showed their competitive juices are already flowing.


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