On for young and old at Lifesaving Champs

More than 3,000 of the state’s top surf lifesavers will flock to the Gold Coast in March for the 2019 Youth, Senior, and Masters Surf Life Saving Championships at Burleigh and Broadbeach.

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The pinnacle sporting events on Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) calendar will see the state’s top lifesavers aged from under 11 through to over 70 put their surf skills and fitness to the test across two weekends in their quest for state glory.

The competition kicks off with the Youth Championships at Burleigh Heads from March 8-10, with more than 1,650 nippers and budding lifesavers set to showcase their skills in the surf.

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The action continues at Broadbeach on March 15-17 with the masters and open championships, featuring some of Queensland’s most experienced lifesavers along with the state’s top ironmen and women.

SLSQ sports manager Stuart Hogben said the Championships would be a wonderful celebration and demonstration of lifesavers’ skills, fitness, and courage in the surf.

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“Queensland is home to some the fittest and fastest surf lifesavers, not only in Australia but right across the world, so there’s no doubt the action will be fierce,” he said.

“The Youth Championships will see Queensland’s top young nippers and emerging surf lifesavers in action, and it’s all about the kids having a go and giving it their best shot.

“Meanwhile, Queensland’s top ironmen and women will be in action in the Senior Championships which always delivers plenty of thrills, spills and excitement,” he said.