Port youngster Oliver Lukin shines on the Sunshine Coast

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Mark Murray

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Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club member Oliver Lukin (right) with his bronze medal on the Sunshine Coast. IMAGE: Supplied.

MONTHS of hard work has paid off for budding Port Douglas athlete Oliver Lukin at the Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships on the Sunshine Coast.

The talented 14-year-old finished third in the 2km run on Sunday in an impressive time of 6:40, earning a bronze medal.

Oliver had been training with former English Olympic silver medallist Jill Boltz in the lead up to the state carnival.

“To win a medal at a state championships is a massive effort,” his father, Ed, said yesterday.

“The work he’s been doing with Jill has made a huge difference.”

Boltz, formerly Jill Hunter, represented Great Britain at the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympics. She also famously won the world record for a 10 mile race in New York in 1991.

Now living in Cairns, the distance specialist runs the Pace Project in Smithfield.

“She has been fantastic and trains around 30 or 40 kids,” Ed said.

“Now that Oliver has got that confidence we’ll see how far he can take it.

“I think he’ll be setting his sights on first place in the run next year, he wasn’t far off it.”

Oliver also finished fourth in the sprints event at the Alexandra Headlands Surf Life Saving Club on the weekend as part of the North Queensland team.

The young nippers competed admirably against their southern rivals throughout the three-day carnival, which was won by the Currumbin SLS club. North Queensland finished in 26th place.

See the full results here.

SLSQ sports manager Stuart Hogben said overall the event was 'absolutely fantastic'.

“It was perfect conditions, not a huge swell but enough to provide some very, very tight results and excellent racing," he said.

“Based on the conditions we saw some great results from the northern competitors, and they had some great results.

“These competitors are the future of surf lifesaving and what we have seen here shows we are in for some really exciting times for years to come.

“We saw a great demonstration of sportsmanship and a lot of passion, and we look forward to seeing more of it.”

* The North Queensland team would like to thank the following sponsors for making it possible to compete at the Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships:

Jayco Cairns, AVIS, Port Village and Mossman Medical Centres, Quicksilver Group, Coral Coast Financial Services, Lotsa Printing and NQ Promo Works for assisting with uniforms, plus the many tourism operators from Port Douglas to Cairns who have kindly donated raffle prizes.


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