Thursday, March 21, 2024


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Mackay Surf Club’s State Title Rescue Champions

Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club’s U15 competitors Nate McKinnon and Zara Richardson recently travelled to Broadbeach on the Gold Coast to compete in the State Rescue Championships. The event involves lifesavers being assessed on their surf sports fitness, patient assessment and CPR skills and a detailed theory paper, at a state level.

Nate McKinnon took out 1st place, with Zara Richardson achieving a 4th place.  

“The club is extremely proud of Nate & Zara for representing Mackay and showing that our lifesaving skills are some of the best in the state,” said Josh Grant, Director of Surf Sports.

“They have been training for months, under experienced coaches to achieve this result.

“It is very reassuring for the club and community to have our youth not only take an interest in surf lifesaving but also excel in this at an elite level.  

“Both Nate and Zara will be heading off to the Australian titles, with Nate being the current national champion in Surf Rescue.  

“The whole club is behind them and wish them the best of luck.”

By Josh Grant

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Caption 1: Nate McKinnon receiving his Gold State Recuse Championships medal.

Caption 2: Nate & Zara after taking out the qualifying event to get into States, hosted at Alva Beach, Ayr.

Caption 3: Nate & Zara with club stalwart & experienced official Reg Butler after taking them through their final training and assessment session.

Caption 4: Club pride - Nate displays his Mackay SLSC noddy cap and state rescue championships gold medal.

Caption 5: Nate completing his CPR skills assessment on a mannequin.

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