October 10, 2019 - NQ surf lifesaving champs to head for Etty Bay
Friendly rivalry will hot up at Etty Bay this weekend (12-13/10) with regional surf lifesaving championships to be held at the beautiful beach in the Cassowary Coast region.
Hundreds of entrants are expected from the five teams in the competition, with clubs to appear from Port Douglas, Mission Beach, Ellis Beach, Cairns (Palm Cove), and of course, Etty Bay.
The two-day event takes over the whole beach, with three different staging areas for the different competitive divisions.
Events include swimming, boarding, running between flags, and sprints. There also are four-person team events called camerons – in which one team member swims, one runs, one jumps on a board, then the final leg is running towards the finish line.
Contestants in several divisions also will compete for squad selection to represent far north Queensland at next year’s State titles.
Meanwhile, the much-anticipated main events of the Etty Bay weekend carnival are the iron man and iron woman competitions in the open division, says Etty Bay Surf Life Saving Club President, Brian McElhinney.
“It’s a chance to excel, to see where you’re at in your own fitness, as well as competing in the teams,” he said.
“There’s a strong competitive spirit, but it’s a friendly competitive spirt. People congratulate each other after the race, but during the event it’s all-out to win - and that makes it great fun for the spectators as well.
“You experience a lot of friendship at clubs like these - people help each other out, a lot of its volunteer work, and you’re doing something for the community.”
Mark Nolan, Sports and Recreation councillor for the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, said the Etty Bay event was one of the most competitive on the FNQ club circuit.
“It’s a lovely beach but don’t let the surroundings fool you – there are some tough competitors in what is always an exciting event when Etty Bay gets to host it,” Councillor Nolan said.
“The children’s divisions can get pretty competitive because many of the youngsters are looking for selection in those future State squads – but the older competitors in the Masters divisions have got plenty of sports spirit too. It’s a really fun event.”
The weekend surf lifesaving carnival runs on Saturday (12/10) from 10.30am-4.30pm, and on Sunday (13/10) from 7am-2pm. Admission is free.