On the 18-21st April, my surf boat crew travelled to sunny QLD to compete at the National Surf Life Saving Championships.
The surf was 2-3 ft and the weather was perfect. We were competing for Palm Beach in the Open Women’s division where 92 crews had entered.
The Competition was a straight knock out from the first race and we managed to complete the first day of racing with a 2nd and a 3rd to make it through to the second day. We started day 2 well with another two 3rds, however, in the final round which was a 4 boat race, we were up against the Victorian National Champs, the WA National Champs and the NSW National champs. We fluctuated between 2nd and 3rd place for the majority of the race but were pipped on the line by a crew coming down the wave behind to eliminate us. Unfortunately that is the nature of the sport which can be frustrating at times but overall we were happy to have made to the top 24 crews. Thankfully, I will now have a rest from the 4:20 am alarm 2-3 times a week although my weekends will still be busy looking after Northern Suburbs Rugby boys on the sideline rather than rowing.