King lauds Mooloolaba young gun
MOOLOOLABA coach Michael King says club young gun Georgina McDermott - a star at the Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships last weekend - can be anything she wants.
McDermott was crowned the competitor of the carnival after collecting five gold, one silver and two bronze medals at North Kirra.
She dominated the under-17 division, taking out the ironwoman, surf race and ski.
Although denied a clean sweep when beaten by Maroochydore's Laura Pettigrew and Mooloolaba clubmate Kirriena Raymond in the board race, McDermott was part of Mooloolaba teams that won the taplin, finished second in the board relay and third in the surf race.
She even stepped up to the plate in the under-19 surf relay, helping her team to gold.
McDermott has competed in a handful of Surf Ironwoman Qualifying Series events this season and finished second in the under-19 Coolangatta Gold, but is juggling her dreams in the sport with her first-year university studies in Brisbane.
King describes McDermott as studious, disciplined, a good listener and possessing all the requisite traits to be a professional ironwoman.
"At the moment she's just starting uni - she's a high achiever," King said.
"She's got a great work ethic and can juggle both. She's doing a good job of it at the moment.
"But it (how far she goes with ironwoman racing) just depends on how far she wants to go with uni."
While full of praise for McDermott's performance at the state titles, King said credit should also go to Alex Wright, who was a standout without winning an individual gold.
Wright finished second in all four of the under-17 blue ribbon events - the ironman, board, ski and surf race - and collected deserved gold as part of the board relay and ski relay teams.
Mooloolaba finished runner-up in the point-score, a distant second to Northcliffe.
King could only laugh after Northcliffe won the point-score with 647, just under double Mooloolaba's tally of 329.
Currumbin (236) finished a spot back, with Noosa (192) in fourth. Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland also finished in the top 10, coming sixth and seventh respectively.