Revved up for competition ... The start of the under-14s board race.
Revved up for competition ... The start of the under-14s board race.

40 years unite young and old


TWEED Heads and Coolangatta Junior Surf Life Saving Club celebrated its 40th anniversary at the weekend.

According to historical documents TH&C was the first officially registered junior surf lifesaving club on the Gold Coast.

On Saturday night many of the former club members had a get-together, but it was the turn of the current crop of 70-80 young club members to join in the celebrations on Sunday.

After a full day of their regular competition, the group took part in a selection of novelties from days gone by.

"It was pretty good really," club president Rod Jones of the weekend celebrations.

"We had a lot of members turn up that we hadn't seen in a long time.

"Some of them were sore and sorry the next day, but they still managed to come down and have a look at what the current crop were doing."

Rod said the event was the start of a very busy two months for the young surf lifesavers.

"We've got a carnival at North Burleigh for the 11-14 years age-group this week," he said.

"Then there is the seniors Gold Coast City carnival. We have the Tugun carnival as well and then the Gold Coast City carnival.

"And throughout all that, the under-14s have also got to be patrolling the beaches."

Rod said the group would be sending a large contingent to the Gold Coast City Carnival for 11-14 year olds.

"But it is a pretty hard event to do well in," he said. "There are 22 clubs involved, it is only really missing the Sunshine Coast and one other region and it would be the state carnival.

"Plus it is the first carnival of the year for some of our competitors."



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