The North Barrier team has taken home 15 medals at the Surf Life Saving Queensland Youth Championships.
1,500 kids from across the state competed in the four days of events, on the sand at Mooloolaba.
It includes seven Surf Life Saving Clubs across the North Barrier region including Forrest Beach, Arcadia, Picnic Bay, Ayr, Sarina, Mackay and Emieo.
The North Barrier branch won four gold, four silver and seven bronze medals across a number of competitions.
Sophie Stubbs, from the Eimeo Surf Lifesaving club, has claimed U11 Female Surf Swim champion, winning her first gold medal.
“The swim was my big focus,” she says.
“I didn’t do the flags and sprints so I could focus on the swim and cameron relay.
“The semi final [of the swim] was really, really tough.
“I do like a bit of a wave, but I think the flat conditions today suited me.”
North Barrier Team Manager Adam West says the team enjoyed the opportunity to compete against other clubs and represent the North Barrier region proudly.
“It’s just wonderful to bring the branch together, come down here and mix it with the best in the State, it’s awesome,” he says.
“They love it and thankfully conditions compared to last year are magnificent.
“It’s flat water so the surf is not too imposing for our kids. It is a totally different environment for them up there [North Barrier] so they are absolutely loving it here.
“For these kids if they make finals, if they’re mixing it in that top 10 is great and then for the few that get into those podium positions, I mean it’s just gravy for us.”
North Barrier Results
Gold: U11 Female Beach Relay; U11 Mixed Beach Relay; U11 Female Surf Race, Sophie Stubbs; U12 Male Beach Sprint, Lane Brady
Silver: U11 Female Beach Flags, Ivy Ryan; U12 Male Beach Sprint, Noah Shiells; Mixed 2 person R&R; 2 x 1km Beach Run, Abbie and Caitlin Penny
Bronze: All Age Beach Really; March Past; U12 Mixed Beach Relay; U13 Male 2km Run, Zane Saye, Mixed R&R; U14 Male Beach Flags, Nate Brady; U15 Male Beach Relay