Cudgen aims for double as Caba hosts titles
TWEED Coast surf lifesaving clubs will take centre stage this weekend with Cabarita Beach hosting its first senior branch carnival in nine years, Salt competing in its first full branch title and Cudgen Headland looking to defend the title it won last year.
Far North Coast Branch Championships event co-ordinator and Cabarita treasurer Tony Clark said it was all hands on deck for the two-day event ? a pre-cursor to the club's official opening of its clubhouse next Saturday.
The new building got its first real work-out for the junior branch titles last week. But this weekend more than 120 Masters and senior competitors will head to the beach for the branch carnival, one of the last events of the season before the state and national titles.
Clark said Cudgen would be the club to watch again this year.
"They should be pretty strong right across the board," he said. "They have got a few Australian representatives.
Cudgen president Gary Cain admitted there was a good degree of confidence around the club.
"I believe we can go back-to-back," Cain said yesterday. Cain expected strong performances from Hannah Julius and Tarnee Fleming in the under-17 girls, and Brea Bailey is expected to dominate the Open and under-19 girls. Ben James could be a strong chance to win the under-17 male class.
They will be up against some fierce opposition in the under-19s from Australian champion ironman Jacob Lollback, from Yamba, and Tannyn Linden, from Lennox, who is an Australian champ in the board and ironman in the under-15s.
Cabarita is expected to be very strong in the sprint relay events with Steven Sharp, Brett and Joel Clark and Mitchell Nelson likely to compete across several age-groups.
Salt is expected to have a strong boat crew in its first branch titles, but will be against the dominant Cudgen crew.
Masters start at noon today, with over-15s to Open from 9am tomorrow.