FORMER Yamba surf lifesaver Hugh Dougherty competing in the Nutri-Grain ironman competition.
FORMER Yamba surf lifesaver Hugh Dougherty competing in the Nutri-Grain ironman competition.

Former Yamba lifesaver to join SA squad

IT'S been a big few days for two former Yamba Surf Life Saving Club members.

As The Daily Examiner reported yesterday, former Yamba surf club member Alyce Bennett claimed a record-breaking victory in round three of the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman series at Coolum on Saturday.

Yesterday, Hugh Dougherty was named in the Australian Surf Lifesaving Team for the upcoming International Surf Rescue Challenge in Durban, South Africa.

Dougherty, 25, an Australian team debutant, will join the cream of Australian surf lifesavers, led by Shannon Eckstein and including Zane Holmes, Kristyl Smith and Naomi Flood, on the African continent from March 27-29. Sawtell competitor Courtney Hancock is also in the squad.

The Australian team will take on the United States, Great Britain and South Africa in a three-test series and Dougherty cannot wait to hit the African shoreline.

“I'm stoked ... I get the chance to represent my country,” he said.

“I heard they get a bit of swell over there so it should be quite interesting.

“Shannon Eckstein and Zane Holmes have all been on the squad before so I hope I can just pull my weight.”

Dougherty, who finished fifth and ninth respectively in Coolum at the weekend, said he did not know what to expect from the international competition, but was positive about the squad's chances of claiming the event.

“South Africa is not as good as our boys, but they're still top competitors and it's not going to be easy ... I'm not sure about the US and Great Britain guys,” he said.

“It will be after our main season so we should all be in peak condition.”

Ther squad goes into camp after the Australian titles in mid-March.

Apart from competing, Dougherty said he was looking forward to sight-seeing while in South Africa.

“We're over there for a week so hopefully I get a couple of days off to look around and see the sights.”

Dougherty plans to take a few months off after the South African trip.




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