Cudgen kids in running to be state?s best lifesavers
By ADAM WRATTEN
CUDGEN junior surf lifesavers Marriki Watego and Dylan Klein, pictured, have a spring in their step.
The pair's impressive performances in this season's under-14 competitions earned them the Far North Coast branch Junior Surf Lifesaver of the Year awards on the weekend and a shot at the state title this week.
Today, they front a judging panel at Shellharbour, on the state's south coast before attending a leadership development and youth forum tomorrow.
Then they get to do what they do best, compete in the surf.
Cudgen Surf Life Saving Club is sending 45 juniors to compete at the state titles, with the club keen to reclaim the country shield it last won two years ago. Watego and Klein will lead the club's charge.
Both were in great form at last weekend's branch championships at Ballina, where Cudgen ran out a comfortable winner to claim its third consecutive branch victory.
The youngsters have impressive track records at the state titles. Marriki's best is a bronze in the board events, while Dylan has picked up gold, silver and bronze in the board events in previous years.
Dylan said he was hopeful of gold at the titles and picking up the Junior Lifesaver of the Year title. But both will be up against the best competitors from the state's other 10 branches.
The criteria for the State Lifesaver of the Year award include: contribution to lifesaving, leadership, awards received for surf lifesaving and community involvement outside lifesaving.