Tugun’s Hugh Doherty.
Tugun’s Hugh Doherty.

Doherty to fight for supremacy

TUGUN’S Hugh Doherty will head local hopes when Queensland’s best surf athletes fight it out for supremacy this weekend at the inaugural South Pacific Championships at Kirra Beach.

One of the front-runners at the recent Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Series trials, Doherty will slug it out against 1800 of Australia’s best surf sport athletes on the sand and in the water, starting today.

Athletes from under-11 to masters will compete in a full suite of surf sports events including round three of the Fastest Man on Sand Series, pool rescue competition, IRB, surf boats, ironperson and ocean events, in the lead-up to the 2010 surf sport season.

“It’s great to see competitors from as far north as Ellis Beach, down to Victoria and even New Zealand get behind the South Pacific Championships,” Surf Life Saving Queensland sports manager Chris Harris said.

“This is the first big entry on the Queensland surf sports calendar before next year’s state and national titles.

“For many of the athletes, this weekend is their last chance to impress selectors ahead of the state Cyclones team announcement.”

One of the must-watch events will be the ironman tussle tomorrow between Northcliffe surf greats Zane Holmes, Shannon Eckstein and Pierce Leonard.



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