Sunshine reps help secure 9th state inter-branch title

BIG EFFORT: Sunshine Beach's Abbie Tolano, right, hits the shore in a handy position after a strong board paddle.
BIG EFFORT: Sunshine Beach's Abbie Tolano, right, hits the shore in a handy position after a strong board paddle. Contributed

LAST weekend saw a very talented group of young stars from the Sunshine Beach SLSC head to the Gold Coast as part of the Sunshine Coast Inter-Branch Representative Team.

The Sunshine Beach club provided some eleven members for the all-conquering Sunshine Coast outfit which captured a record ninth straight Qld Inter-Branch Championship against rival branches Point Danger, South Coast and Qld Country.

The U13-17 team's carnival is a very unique multi-discipline event with the pool rescue competition contested on the Friday night at Palm Beach, and Surf/Beach events held the following morning at Coolangatta.

In the younger age groups, representative rookies Abbie Tolano, Lulu Korac and Francesca McKinley formed part of a very strong water team, with Abbie dominating the board and iron events.

While U14 competitors Carl Vaughan and Charlotte Crow formed part of a very strong beach sprint team which achieved great success in a number of relay events across the day.

In the U15 age group, Ruby Nolan and Zac Bromage who were both in their third representative campaign with the branch team, along with their fellow team mates completely dominated their opposition to claim the lion share of points on offer in the pool and surf events.

With the U15 Qld Cyclones Team to re-introduced this season, both have very strong claims for state honours also.

While our U17 team members, Olivia Emanuel, Katie Gleeson, Jonty Redwood and Thomas Baker, all of whom bring a combined 15 years of representative experience to this team once again outperformed their branch rivals to ensure the Sunshine Coast's dominance for another year.

The club was also represented by pool rescue coach Brock Redwood who ensured the team's largest ever victory in the pool competition.

"This was our club's largest ever representation of members in the Branch Team, with selection an outstanding achievement for each member chosen,” long-time branch team manager Craig Law said.

"It really is testament to our club's surf sports program, and the talents of this very impressive group of athletes.”

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