Thursday, November 23, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club recently host the 32nd annual North Australian Titles, which saw more than a thousand lifesavers, water safety, carnival officials and spectators descended on Mackay’s beautiful Harbour Beach. The surf conditions at the carnival were very challenging for lifesavers with a 5.8m high tide coupled with a 2-metre swell. The surf was pumping and so were the competitors.
Mackay SLSC Director of Surf Sports, Josh Grant said “The club is very proud of our small but strong competition group, from the nippers in U11’s to our masters.
“To see our competitors take on the best of the best in the North and achieve some great results, is a credit to the culture and commitment we have at our club.
“The feedback I have received from visiting clubs is that they love coming here and competing at one of the best beaches in Queensland. I would just like to thank all the clubs that made the effort and travelled to Mackay to the North Aussies, we hope to see you next year!”
The club had some standout achievements placing 6th overall and attaining a 2nd place in the March Past.
“It was very pleasing to see our U11 competitor Harry Madden take out Age Champion, as well as having Zara Richardson, Nate McKinnon, Joe Madden and Cadence McKinnon selected for the Queensland Country team based on their outstanding results.” Mr Grant said.
“It’s a fantastic result to place with the best of the best of Northern Australia. The club is going from strength to strength, and we are now preparing our lifesavers for Branch Titles in a few weeks.”
Mackay SLSC March Past team took out 2nd position.
Under 15 Board Rescue Champions Zara Richardson and Molly Madden
Under 15 Nate McKinnon (2nd from right) at the start of the Ironman before placing 1st
Kody Amos Under 11 taking on the surf at Mackay Harbour Beach
Joe “Jingle Bells” Madden U13 after taking out 2nd place in the board race
Zara Richardson Under 15 at the end of board race in big swells at the Harbour
Under 11 Age Champion Harry Madden coming in 2nd