Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club member Emily Bell powers up the beach in Mackay. She won two gold medals during the North Australia Surf Life Saving Championships.
Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club member Emily Bell powers up the beach in Mackay. She won two gold medals during the North Australia Surf Life Saving Championships.

Bay trio run hot on sand

THREE members of the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club have a golden glow about them after a glorious day in the sun on a Mackay beach.

Emily Bell, Michael Williamson and Tony Grima all won gold medals during the North Australia Surf Life Saving Championships.

Bell led the way for the Hervey Bay club, winning gold twice in the junior ranks.

She won the beach sprints and flag events in the under-13 division.

Williamson won gold in the under-14 beach sprints and silver in the flags.

But it wasn’t only medals that Bell and Williamson won.

They were both selected to represent Queensland Country against the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast champions at Mermaid Beach next month.

But it wasn’t only the Bay juniors who shone brightly in the heat of battle in Mackay.

Grima won the beach sprints in his masters age (45-49) group and backed up that winning performance by finishing second in the flags.

The other member of the Hervey Bay club in action, Aiden Green, contested the water events.

His best result was when he finished sixth in the hotly contested under-17 tube race.

Green also finished in the top-10 in a couple of other events.

More than 700 competitors contested the titles this year.

Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club team manager Tim Williamson said the team had performed outstandingly.

“We only took a small team, but the beachies scored 100 per cent strike rate – that was a fantastic effort,” he said.

“To win four gold medals is unreal given the quality of opposition.”

Although Green didn’t finish amongst the medals, Williamson said he also performed really well.

“Aidan competed strongly in the water against very tough opposition in both pool and surf events,” Williamson said.



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