CLOSED: Extreme weather has put a halt to The Aussies.
CLOSED: Extreme weather has put a halt to The Aussies. Harvpix

Aussies 2017: Bad news for competitors on Gold Coast

SURF LIFESAVING: Organisers have suspended competition at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships for another day, as ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie begins to move away from the Queensland Coast.

Officials called off all competition on Thursday and met within the last hour to determine Friday's events would also be postponed.

Following the large rain system, the Queensland coast is expected to be battered by large swells and gale force winds.

SHELTER: Ashley Robinson and Alexandra Headland team members take shelter at North Kirra.
SHELTER: Ashley Robinson and Alexandra Headland team members take shelter at North Kirra. Harvpix

It could make for potentially dangerous surf conditions for the ironman and ironwoman finals, as well as the much-anticipated Taplin relays.

SLSA released a statement just moments ago.

"The Championships Safety and Emergency Management group and Competition Committee, in consultation with Queensland Government agencies, met this afternoon following 24 hours of extreme weather conditions and expected further forecasts of heavy rain and wind,” it read.

"The SLSA will continue to monitor the conditions with respect to any decisions for the resumption of competition on Saturday and Sunday.”

Noosa competitor Lana Rogers said she had total faith in SLSA to make the right call in regards to the safety of its competitors.

The ironwoman series competitor will not contest the ironwoman this weekend, as she continues to recover from a foot injury.

She will however compete in the surf races and tube rescue in potentially rough seas.

"It's not very good here at the moment, the wind is starting to pick up as we speak,” she said.

"(But) SLSA has our best interests at heart and at the end of the day, I'm positive they'll make the right decision.”



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