Kingscliff students shine at state level
FOUR Kingscliff High School teens can hold their heads high after representing Cudgen Headland SLSC at the NSW and Queensland Surf Life Saving Open Championships throughout March.
Nina Jackson, Evee Thuys and Rory Matthews competed in under-17s while Sofie Boyd took up the challenge in under-15s.
A towering Jackson, 185cm, who competed in the Board and Ironwoman events, made the board final at the NSW championships at Umina Beach and while happy with her result, feels she could have gone a step further if conditions were more favourable.
“It was a nice carnival and it was good to make the finals, but we had to battle the flat water swimmers in the conditions, which was hard,” Jackson said.
With no swell, the four were hampered as they were unable to use their strengths in conditions which favoured pool swimmers.
Matthews excelled with a fifth in the board competition finals at Umina and was pleased with his result.
“I was aiming for a top eight finish, so to finish fifth overall was a win,” he said.
Thuys competed strongly and finished eighth overall in the Board relay after partnering with Jackson.
She said conditions were more favourable for her at the Queensland Championships, with a “gnarly” point break knocking flat water competitors out of contention.
Boyd said the experience of her first shot at State Championships was wonderful and after competing strongly, will join her three school mates in focusing on the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, which are coming up in Maroochydore on April 20.
All four have been members of the powerhouse Cudgen SLSC since nippers’ ranks and all are part of Kingscliff High’s Sports Excellence Program.