Competitors prepare themselves to take a dip at the Yamba SLSC Club Championships at the weekend.
Competitors prepare themselves to take a dip at the Yamba SLSC Club Championships at the weekend. Contributed

Yamba duo keen for Aussies

SURF LIFE SAVING: Injury and illness will leave only two yellow and black caps competing in the 2016 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

The Aussies, which kick off in Maroochydoore and Mooloolaba this weekend and run until April 24, play host to a strong contingent of lifesavers from local clubs across the country travel to compete for top honours.

But with Jorden Elabbassi, Peter Rheinberger and Yamba's under-23 boat crew currently out of the picture, the club's chances of success rest squarely with Jim Dougherty and Justin Hyde.

Hyde will tackle the 40-49 years board riding events, while Dougherty will battle injury to compete in the 60-64 years swim events.

Dougherty said despite the injuries he was carrying, including a recent knee injury, he had trained hard and would push through the pain for a couple of days just to be involved.

"I got a third and a fourth last year but don't think I'll go as well this year," he said.

"You never know though, there's always waves at Maroochydore."

On Sunday, the skies parted to allow some fierce competition at the Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club's own championships for the 2015-2016 season.

Will Brighton and Joe Dougherty were neck and neck in points for most of the day but it was Brighton who came out on top to take out the men's club champion title with a score of 11 points.

"Joe won most of the water events, but Will was very strong in both the beach events and also in the water," Jim Dougherty said.

Bobbie Winger, who won the female surf race, earned bragging rights after being named female club champion.

Other event winners on the day were Mikey Gilliman, who won the open ski race and open beach flags, and Don Marsh, Joe Dougherty and Brent Sahlqvist who together took out the board relay.

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