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Fun at the beach: Surf life savers to compete at Forrest Beach

A SURF life saving carnival is being staged at Forrest Beach this Saturday.

The beach community’s club has kicked off its season, with new and returning members straight into training and preparations for their annual surf carnival which marks the second North Barrier Branch carnival meet on the surf sports calendar.

Forrest Beach Surf Life Saving Club is to host its annual carnival this Saturday and Sunday.

Clubs from Sarina, Eimeo, Mackay, Ayr, Picnic Bay and Arcadia on Magnetic Island will meet for a jam-packed weekend of surf sports action.

Competitors from under-8 nippers to masters will compete in a range of beach and water events and showcase lifesaving skills in the swim, board race, rescue tube race, ironman and woman events, beach flags and sprints as well as the popular team events in the beach relay, board relay, swim teams and the Cameron relay.

Club president Tony Lahtinen said the club enjoyed hosting the carnival each year as it always proved to be a great weekend both on and off the beach.

He said: ‘The surf carnival is a great event for our club and the wider community.

‘Clubs within the branch from as far south as Sarina look forward to coming up to our club as it’s one of the first carnivals of the season, everyone enjoys the catch up after the off season, the competition and the good old fashion Forrest Beach Surf Club hospitality.’

This year the club is collaborating with the Hinchinbrook Shire Council to bring the community a family fun event.

Alongside the carnival, there will be food, rides, games and activities as well as live music, entertainment and the surf club’s licensed bar.

The surf club will also have a canteen operating over the weekend as well as dinner and drinks on the Saturday evening.

The family fun day is in support of Queensland mental health week, raising awareness of the importance of positive mental health and well-being.

Mr Lahtinen added: ‘We encourage the community to come along and cheer on their local team and join in the festivities over the weekend.

‘It’s been a strange year with lots of events not going ahead due to Covid-19 so it’s a great opportunity to come together, get outdoors, celebrate our community and for people to see what the lifesaving movement is all about, young and old there’s something for everyone”, he said.

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