MORE than 7000 competitors have descended on the Gold Coast for the annual Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at North Kirra Beach.
Known as the ‘Aussies’, the Championship runs over nine days and boast more than 400 events, attracting competitors from more than 300 surf clubs around the country.
City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club has celebrated a successful campaign so far in both the Masters and Open divisions, with competitors from the club taking out silver medals in the 2km beach run, board rescue, surf race (400m), surf teams, 2km swim, taplin relay (ski, swim and board), as well as silver and bronze in the champion lifesaver event.
Under-17 board and ski race state champion Riley Walker will chase a medal in his specialty events, and fellow under-17 ironman silver medallist Ethan Jackson will also be in action.
State open surf race champion and runner up ironman Jack Retty is preparing to race against the nation’s best, as are Max Anderson Loake and Tom Gallagher, who are current WA state champions in the champion lifesaver and surf belt race events.
Twenty-year-old Jayde Hardstaff, who recently moved to Queensland, will be keen to show fellow ironwomen competitors she is one to watch for the future after taking out the WA state title.
The highly anticipated beach events start tomorrow, and will feature state flags champion and silver beach sprint medallist Gabrielle Murphy, who will be chasing a podium finish.
Murphy will combine with teammates Alysse Priddis, Brittany Houghton and Holly Noack in the beach relay event for a crack at a gold medal.
North Cottesloe state beach sprint champion Tegan Maffescioni has also headed east and will contest the women’s beach sprint title, as well as the flags event, which she placed second to Murphy.
For more results, go to https://aussies2017results.sls.com.au.