It will literally be on for young and old when some of the state’s top beach and ocean athletes converge on the Gold Coast over two weekends in March for the 2019 Queensland Youth, Open, and Masters Surf Life Saving Championships.
The pinnacle sporting events on Surf Life Saving Queensland’s calendar will see more than 3,500 competitors, aged from under 11 through to over 80, put their fitness, skill, and determination to the ultimate test in their quest for glory.
However, what can often be lost amongst the excitement of racing is that each and every competitor lining up is a highly-trained surf lifesaver in their own right, with the skills and knowledge to protect beachgoers up and down the coast.
From beach sprints to surf swims and everything in between, all of the skills performed in the competitive arena are also on display when lifesavers and lifeguards patrol their local beach.
“Skills such as reading the surf, navigating rips, and getting out past the break as quickly as possible might help someone win gold at events like this but, more importantly, the exact same skillset could help save a life under different circumstances,” explains SLSQ sport manager Stuart Hogben.