Surf lifesaving?s a cracker of a sport
By GLEN SCOTT
CUDGEN Headland surf lifesaver Scott McCartney has been selected in the NSW under-19 team to compete in Sydney on January 25.
Only three competitors are chosen to represent their state in each age division, so McCartney is in elite company.
The interstate championships will be at Queenscliff, with NSW, Queensland and Victoria expected to be the strongest states.
"Of the three people, two are chosen for water events like swim, board and ski, and one for beach events like flags and beach sprints," McCartney said.
"I've been chosen for the ironman (swim, board, ski) and board race."
Raised in Woolgoolga, McCartney started nippers at age five and moved to Kingscliff last year to raise the bar on his performances.
"I came down to get more work as a lifeguard but also because of the competition here," he said.
"It's a better standard up here, there is more competition and Cudgen Headland is a really good club."
McCartney says the camaraderie is the major attraction of surf lifesaving as a sport.
"I've played a lot of other sports like soccer and done surfing, but there is always that separateness, even in some team sports.
"Everyone connects in this sport, we stick together and we're great friends.
"Besides, it's great being at the beach all day."
Cudgen Headlands SLSC secretary Brian Vickery said McCartney had played a pivotal role in last weekend's open taplin win by the club at Kingscliff beach.
"The open taplin is like a mini-ironman tag-team event, with three competitors from each club," Vickery said.
"We beat a lot of bigger teams from Queensland, which is great for a club our size.
"Scott had a lot to do with it. He is very strong on the board."