Sun, surf, sand
By TONY WHITE
The chance to train with Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club stars Hugh Dougherty, Jacob Lollback and Alyce Bennett, have some fun and take in the sights was the catalyst for an inaugural tour by members of the Northcliff Surf Lifesaving Club this week.
A dozen-strong group from Northcliff, ranging in age from 12 to 19-year-olds, have put in two sessions a day since arriving in Yamba last Monday.
With the surf lifesaving season in full swing, the wide-eyed youngsters have made the most of the opportunity.
"We've got a sister relationship with Yamba and it was good to get the chance during the school holidays to come down here (Yamba) and train with the likes of Hugh Dougherty, Jacob Lollback and Alyce Bennett," Northcliff's Gavin Hill said.
"They are well-known athletes and a good benchmark for our group to work with.
"It's a chance for then to have some fun and do some training at the same time."
Included in the Northcliff group are Mick Pluimers, a 17-year-old who has represented Queensland in interstate challengers for the past couple of years and promising Jessie Hill, 12, who won her junior surf race at the last XXXX carnival in Queensland.
"It's a development group," Hill said.
"Some of our other recognised competitors couldn't make the trip this year due to the Queensland Swimming Championships next week, but this is the first of what we hope will become an annual training camp.
"The stay has been great.
"The people around here (Yamba) have been really helpful and very hospitable."
The Northcliff members are staying at Yamba Surf Club.
Northcliff, recognised as one of Queensland's leading clubs, celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2007.
Apart from their training regimen, the Northcliff team have managed free surfing sessions, sightseeing and a visit to Yamba's local movie theatre on Wednesday.
The Northcliff members depart for home tomorrow.