AT their home carnival, the Forrest Beach surf club performed well with some outstanding performances by their competitors both in the water and on the beach.
North Barrier Branch Surf Club’s Sarina, Eimeo, Mackay, Ayr, Townsville’s Picnic Bay and Arcadian made the trip north for the two-day event, which included a full program of surf sports events from the under-8 nippers right through to masters.
The Forrest Beach team made up of 36 athletes finished fourth overall, behind their bigger rivals Arcadian, Picnic Bay and Sarina.
The club’s nipper contingent excelled on the beach, winning the under-12s relay with a team of Ellie Lahtinen, Alice Austin, Ruby MacPherson and Ace Rooker.
There were stand-out performances from Mariam Hall, who won the under-14 female beach flags and sprint and under-10 competitor Billie Lahtinen, who claimed first place in both the female beach flags and sprint, was second in the female wade race and third in the board race.
Masters competitor Quinta Lahtinen represented the 30-39 age group and came away with a gold in the female beach flags and sprints while club president Tony Lahtinen took out the tube race for the masters event for those aged between 30 and 39 and placed second in the beach sprint.
Under-17s competitor Troy Austin had a great weekend, tallying 49 points towards the club’s overall points from individual and team events, taking out second place in the beach flags and sprint and backing up for four board paddles in a row in the under-17s male board race and board relay, open male board race and open board relay – where his team placed second with teammates Caleb Lahtinen and Joshua Marmara.
Another outstanding performance and highlight of the carnival was by under-12s competitor Nalini Schofield, who gained third place in the ironwoman event at her first ever surf carnival.
Nalini joined Forrest Beach this season and is new to surf lifesaving but tackled the ultimate event of the carnival with so much courage, guts and determination, like she had been doing it for years – a real surprise package and someone to look out for in the future.
Alongside the action on the beach, the club and the Hinchinbrook Shire Council partnered together to bring the community a family fun day which proved to be a hit with the nippers and wider community with rides, games, activities as well as live entertainment, raising awareness of the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing and in support of Queensland Mental Health Week.
Club President Tony Lahtinen said this year’s carnival was a huge success with the addition of the fun day.
He said: ‘We thank the Council for coming on board to support our event, especially to raise awareness for positive mental health and wellbeing.
‘Surf Life Saving is a great volunteer, community and sporting organisation which values and promotes good health and wellbeing, particularly positive mental health for its members.
‘Being part of a team, volunteering and contributing to the community are the main reasons why many of our members are involved and of course for the social aspect and comradery.
Mr Lahtinen said that the feedback from this year’s carnival was positive and hoped to be doing a similar event with Council for future carnivals.
‘Our carnival and events like these are not made possible without the strong support from our community, the support and commitment of our sponsors and of course our dedicated group of volunteers and lifesavers who always come together to put on a great event.
‘We are proud of our competitors and their great achievements over the weekend, especially our nippers who have given it their all.’
The club now look forward to the North Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Mackay at the end of the month.
Full results – Forrest Beach
1st – Beach Sprint U10 Female – Billie Lahtinen
3rd – Beach Sprint U11 Female – Addison Bradshaw
2nd – Beach Sprint U11 Male – Ace Rooker
2nd – Beach Sprint U13 Male – Benon Hall
1st – Beach Sprint U14 Female – Mariam Hall
1st – Beach Sprint U17 Female – Dana Kaurila
2nd – Beach Sprint U17 Male – Troy Austin
3rd – Beach Sprint U17 Male – Joshua Marmara
1st – Beach Sprint Masters Female – Quinta Lahtinen
2nd – Beach Sprint Masters Male – Tony Lahtinen
3rd – Ironwoman U12 Female – Nalini Schofield
2nd – Rescue Tube Race U17 Male – Caleb Lahtinen
1st – Rescue Tube Race 30-39 Male – Tony Lahtinen
2nd – Rescue Tube Race 40-49 Male – Luke Kaurila
3rd – Surf Board Race Open Male – Caleb Lahtinen
3rd – Surf Board Race U10 Female – Billie Lahtinen
3rd – Surf Board Race U15 Male – Joeseph Bishop
3rd – Surf Board Race U17 Male – Corey Marshall
2nd – Beach Flags Open Female – Dana Kaurila
1st – Beach Flags U10 Female – Billie Lahtinen
2nd – Beach Flags U11 Female – Gypsy Marshall
2nd – Beach Flags U12 Female – Ellie Lahtinen
3rd – Beach Flags U13 Female – Louise Kaurila
1st – Beach Flags U14 Female – Mariam Hall
2nd – Beach Flags U17 Male – Troy Austin
3rd – Beach Flags U17 Male – Joshua Marmara
1st – Beach Flags Masters Female – Quinta Lahtinen
3rd – Beach Flags U9 Female – Phoebe Bradshaw
2nd – Wade Race U10 Female – Billie Lahtinen
2nd – Wade Race U10 Male – Stephen Hall
2nd – Surf Board Relay Open Mixed – Troy Austin, Caleb Lahtinen, Joshua Marmara.
2nd – Surf Board Relay U15 Mixed – Joseph Bishop, David Schofield, John Austin.
3rd – Surf Team U17 – Troy Austin, Dana Kaurila, Joshua Marmara, Jessica McFayden.
2nd – Wade Relay U10 Mixed – Samuel Blackford, Stephen Hall, Billie Lahtinen, Jessy Shailer.
2nd – Beach Relay Masters – Mark Austin, Tony Lahtinen, Quinta Lahtinen, Allan Lahtinen.
1st – Beach Relay Open Mixed – Troy Austin, Dana Kaurila, Joshua Marmara, Corey Marshall.
3rd – Beach Relay U11 Mixed – Addison Bradshaw, Tyler Cooper-Hall, Gypsy Marshall, Ace Rooker.
1st – Beach Relay U12 Mixed – Ellie Lahtinen, Alice Austin, Ruby MacPherson and Ace Rooker.
3rd – Beach Relay U13 Mixed – Benon Hall, Louise Kaurila, Ellie Lahtinen, Leilani MacGregor.
2nd – Beach Relay U14 Mixed – John Austin, Mariam Hall, Benon Hall, Louise Kaurila.
1st – Beach Relay U17 Mixed – Troy Austin, Dana Kaurila, Joshua Marmara, Corey Marshall.
3rd – Beach Relay U9 Mixed – Kai Blackford, Phoebe Bradshaw, Yiyi Huang, Tiffany McFayden.