Conditions improve after injury at life saving comp
IMPROVING conditions were welcomed today by organisers of the Surf Life Saving Championships at north Kirra Beach, after a surf boat rower was injured yesterday.
The 42-year-old rower was in a boat that rolled in heavy surf and was complaining of lower back pain.
He was transported to Tweed Hospital in a stable condition.
But today the championships were continuing, with managing director Ian Hanson excited for a day of tight competition.
"The conditions today have certainly mellowed somewhat, the surf's dropped a little bit to 1.2m," he said.
"All is going really well and on schedule.
"There's certainly a lot of people around, there's a great carnival atmosphere."
The day kicked off today with the popular 2km beach run, an event new to the championships.
Competition at yesterday's events proved interesting and Mr Hanson gave a shout out to two particular contestants.
"Yesterday we saw some amazing performances, particularly from two competitors in Paul Lemmon from the Terrigal Club, who won his 30th Aussie masters gold medal," he said.
He also congratulated Northcliffe's Lee Vrolyks, who won five individual gold medals and a team rescue gold medal.
The rest of today will bring events ranging from board relay and rescue to ski relay and surf teams.
Full results from yesterday's competition can be viewed online at sls.com.au.