Marnie Exelby (from left), Catherine Sugget and Shelley Thornton contested the Wide Bay Branch Surf Rescue Championships.
Marnie Exelby (from left), Catherine Sugget and Shelley Thornton contested the Wide Bay Branch Surf Rescue Championships. Alistair Brightman

Bay's finest race against clock

THE CLOCK is ticking.

Hervey Bay may soon be home to some of the best lifesavers in Queensland.

That’s if the times they recorded during the inaugural Wide Bay Surf Rescue Branch pool rescue championships at the aquatic centre at the weekend are anything to go by.

Members of the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club cleaned up in plenty of events in the pool and are now in with a chance of making an elite Queensland squad as a result of it.

The times recorded by all competitors in various events including 100m obstacles, 50m with fins and manikin tows are sent to Surf Life Saving Queensland headquarters in Brisbane.

They are then matched against others from throughout the state for the same events.

If they are better, those who produced them will join the Surf Life Saving Queensland high performance pool rescue training squad.

That means it’s now a matter of wait and see for Hervey Bay juniors Dakota Beattie, Jade Cassidy, Paige Murray, Emily Bean, Chloe Cassidy, Lauren Mayer, Hannah George, Lachlan Donnelly, Steven Dwyer and Kaine Beattie.

All of them finished in the top-three in their events.

Senior competitors Robert Garland and Debbie Beattie also did the same.

Not surprisingly, Hervey Bay’s Tony Grima, the Wide Bay Surf Rescue Branch manager, said he was over the moon with the performance of the locals in the championships.

“It was a fantastic effort considering it was the first time we had contested the rescue championships,” he said.

The pool rescue championships were held in conjunction with the traditional beach rescue championships over the weekend.



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