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Nippers set for state champs on the Gold Coast

Forrest Beach Surf Club's buddy junior athletes are ready to mix it with the best at the Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships on the Gold Coast next weekend. (L-R) Ellie Lahtinen, Benon Hall, Louise Kaurila, Mariam Hall and Alice Austin.

FIVE junior athletes from the Forrest Beach Surf Life Saving Club are preparing to head to the Gold Coast next week to compete at the 2021 Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships.

Mariam Hall, Benon Hall, Louise Kaurila, Ellie Lahtinen and Alice Austin have been selected to represent their region as part of the North Barrier Branch Junior Team, after their strong performances at the North Australian and Branch Championships last year.

They will join competitors from Townsville’s Picnic Bay, Arcadian, Ayr, Mackay, Eimeo and Sarina as they compete together against clubs from around the state.

Coach Lenny Chiesa will travel with the team as assistant manager.

This year’s State Championships will see over 1,600 of the finest talent from Cairns to Coolangatta go head-to-head in an action packed three-day event at North Kirra Beach.

The event is the largest and most prestigious meet for the under-11 to under-15 age categories.

It will showcase individual events from beach flags, sprints, 1km and 2km beach runs, surf swim races, surf board contests, ironman and ironwoman challenges.

The championships will also host the qualifying teams for the beach relay, surf teams, board relay and cameron relay events.

The Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships is the blue-ribbon junior surf sports event in the state and will wrap up the junior surf sports calendar for the season.

After the last minute Covid-cancellation of the event last year on the Sunshine Coast, the championships is back bigger than ever with the theme being ‘The Glory Days Are Back’.

It is set to be an unforgettable experience for both competitors and spectators.

The team has been training hard in the lead up to the event and look forward to representing their region by mixing it with the best in Queensland.

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