CLOSE RACE: Campbell Guthrie, right, edged Rhys Burrows to win the ironman division at the Ironperson Eliminator branch event.
CLOSE RACE: Campbell Guthrie, right, edged Rhys Burrows to win the ironman division at the Ironperson Eliminator branch event. Warren Lynam

Young guns show potential in iron eliminator at Alex

SURF LIFESAVING: Some of the Sunshine Coast's up-and-coming surf sports athletes showed their wares at a unique event at Alexandra Headland on Sunday.

Host club's Campbell Guthrie and Maroochydore's Bay Wildin-Sneddon claimed victories amid the open men's and women's divisions respectively at the Ironperson Eliminator competition.

"They were brilliant," Sunshine Coast surf lifesaving branch spokesman Santo Della Bianca said.

"Campbell and Bay are young ones who are coming through, with a lot of talent behind them."

The format was intense, with two competitors being eliminated after each leg and with just up to a minute between legs, finishing with a 90m beach sprint.

"It was very entertaining. It had everybody on their toes," Della Bianca said.

"It went really well for the first time we've run an event like that. There's a few little things we'll fix up (for next time) but the sponsors reckon they will be back next year because they thought it was a great event."

Amid a choppy 1/2m of surf, there were under-15, under-17 and open divisions.

In the open men's division, Guthrie staved off Noosa's Rhys Burrows and Alexandra Healand's Brad Doughan.

Guthrie won the under-19 version of the Coolangatta Gold in October.

In the open women's section, Wildin-Sneddon held off Noosa's rising star Lana Rogers and Mikayla Williams from Alexandra Headland.

There were competitors from New Zealand and central Queensland.


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