Queenslanders out to dominate on home soil at Australian Surf Life Saving Interstate Championships
The Queensland Cyclones will look to blow rivals New South Wales out of the water at tomorrow’s Australian Interstate Championships at Alexandra Headlands on the Sunshine Coast.
The State versus State battle is a key feature on Surf Life Saving Australia’s summer sporting calendar and while all States will line up, it’s the maroons vs the blues state of origin battle that is tipped to set the beach alight.
Queensland will aim to secure the coveted title with new Captain and Nutri-Grain IronWoman Tiarrne Raymond saying her side is determined not disappoint the home crowd.
“I’m a little bit excited and a little bit nervous. It is an honour to Captain the Queensland team alongside Jett Kenny. We’ve had a couple of discussions and we really want to get out there and take that win over New South Wales again,” she said.
“Growing up in Cairns that I’m the first person from there to Captain a Queensland side. Saying that I’m also the first person from Cairns to be in the Nutri-Grain IronWoman Series and I guess finish top-ten in the Series… so a lot of firsts.
The 25 year old who hails from Far North Queensland, said she is honoured at the chance to captain her State.
“I hope it shows the young girls and boys in Cairns that it doesn’t just stop there and if they want to achieve more and if they want to do more that they definitely can,” Raymond said.
Both Captains in Raymond and Kenny are Alex Headland locals and will be looking to make the most of it.
“I guess it does give us an advantage. We know all the sneaky little rips, all the potholes, the way the ocean works around there,” said Raymond.
“We have a home advantage but also the competitors from NSW and the other states that we are competing against are great athletes and we can’t just base our knowledge on a home ground advantage.”
Raymond along with fellow Queenslander Adam Palmer will be competing in a trifecta of surf sports competitions starting from tomorrow.
The Australian Interstates kicks off a spectacular Australia Day long weekend of surf sports action that will also feature the newly announced Nutri-Grain IronX event.
Palmer is excited to give all three events happening on the Sunshine Coast, a good crack.
“Tomorrow is a team event racing for your State… looking forward to Saturday and Sunday racing for my Club and then Nutri-Grain Iron X,” said Palmer.
“Nutri-Grain IronX has a strong field. Kendrick Louis won the series on the weekend which was pretty exciting so to come up against him, put my foot on the same line is very exciting.”
The Queensland team boasts a host of local Sunshine Coast stars, including young swim sensation Lani Pallister.
“It’s my third year on the senior team and my fourth year as a Queensland representative and coming down and doing an event like this is always super exciting, especially with a group of my friends that I really enjoy competing with,” Pallister said.
“With the condition predictions, it will make the swim a little bit choppy and so not exactly like a pool, but I have that to my advantage considering I have done surf my whole life.
“It won’t be too bad as long as it doesn’t get to big with waves and I know it will be a great weekend and all of us are super excited.”
The Tokyo Olympic Games hopeful has had a busy start to 2020 already.
“I’ve just come back from a camp at Griffith with Michael Bowl on the Gold Coast, spent a week down there starting last Wednesday and finishing yesterday,” she said.
“There was actually so a lot of insight coming from that group as well considering they are super successful in the pool. It will be an amazing six months for me.
“I know that I’m very nervous with all of that going into an Olympic year but I’m super excited and I want to push myself and hopefully get a spot on that Olympic Team that I have been eyeing off since I was 13.”
The Australian Interstates gets underway tomorrow from 8:00am (AEST) at Alexandra Headland.
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