The Masters Ladies Surf Boat Team from Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club have returned home from the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, held on the Gold Coast recently, victorious.
The team competed in the 220s and 200s divisions, taking out a gold in the 220 and a second in the 200.
Conditions on the day were described as challenging with many boats sustaining damage.
The team – Leanne Irving, Raelene Carmichael, Anne Curtis and Annette Sanders – performed extremely well in the treacherous conditions.
Under the expertise of sweep, David Rankin and coachs, Mick Yarad and Rod Croker, the women have been training hard.
Under the moniker of The Pearls, the team has been together for the past six year, and earlier enjoyed success in the State Surf Life Saving Competition gaining a gold medal.
Held on the Gold Coast at North Kirra Beach, the nine-day event attracted more than 7000 surf life savers from 313 clubs who competed in more than 400 events from youth, open and masters categories.
Known as The Aussies the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is the largest surf lifesaving event in Australia and the largest event of its kind in the world.
It is organised by the Surf Life Saving Australia, and has been held annually since 1915.