TOUGH: Mackay's Megan Born (green cap) competes in the Under 15 rescue swim event on Friday.
TOUGH: Mackay's Megan Born (green cap) competes in the Under 15 rescue swim event on Friday. Justin Van Heerden

Lifesavers tested on first day

SURF LIFE SAVING: Surf Life Saving Queensland sports manager Stuart Hogben says North Queensland Championships are off to a great start.

Athletes began the championships on Friday with the champion lifesaver events, a first aid-competition and high-octane IRB racing as well as a pool rescue component.

"Today has been a busy day with plenty of events taking place,” a SLSQ spokesman said yesterday afternoon.

"We are currently hosting our pool rescue event and it's off to a great start.

"The field of competitors across all ages is quite strong with many great results being recorded.”

Cairns have started strong again in this year's event aiming for their seventh straight title.

"They always have a strong team at this event and this year is no exception,” Hogben said.

"These events are designed for athletes to use core skills needed to patrol our beaches.

"So when you see athletes doing exceptionally well it's great to know they are looking after our beaches.”

Athletes will hit the Mackay Harbour beach today and compete in a full day of events.

Spots in Sunday's finals are up for grabs so surf lifesavers aged 11 to the open and master classes will be aiming to progress.

Our athletes are no exception with many off to an incredible start.


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