Bundy, Elliott Heads Crews to the Rescue; Johnston Family Claims Three State Medals, Gibson Doubles Up

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SURF LIFESAVING with Craig Holden

CONGRATULATIONS to our string of competitors from the Bundaberg and Elliott Heads surf life saving clubs, who returned from last weekend's Queensland Surf Rescue Championships at Dicky Beach with a medal haul that included two golds, two silvers and two bronzes, as well as many top-six placings.

Leading the way, from the Bundaberg SLSC, were gold medallists Wendy Johnston (30-39yrs female champion lifesaver) and the under-17 patrol competition team (Emma Finnis, Hayley Bowman, Erin Gibson and Teisha Towner).

Also from the club, siblings Brodie and Abby Johnston joined their mother Wendy on the presentation dais on what was a red-letter day for the tight-knit family, when they both won bronze medals in the U-17 male and U-14 female champion lifesaver events respectively.

Erin Gibson completed the medal haul for Bundaberg with silver in the open female champion lifesaver, despite being only 16 years of age and still eligible for the U-17 age group.

Five more clubmates claimed champion lifesaver top-six finishes. They were Emma Finnis (fourth U-17 female), Laura Greenhalgh (fifth open female), Hayley Bowman (fifth U-17 female), Kellie Bailey (fifth U-19 female) and Geoff Payne (sixth U-14 male), while the club's open patrol competition team was fourth.

Toni Heaton flew the flag for Elliott Heads when she claimed the club's only medal, a silver in the 40-plus years female champion lifesaver. …


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