New race to fill the void of famous national event
A new torture test for the best on sand has been designed to fill a gap ripped open by coronavirus.
Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club is preparing to host its inaugural ‘The Unbreakable’ event on October 24.
The event, consisting of an 8km ski paddle, 3km board paddle, 1.5km swim and 3.5km beach run for the under-19, open and masters categories, was created to fill the void left the cancellation of a series of major surf lifesaving events due to the pandemic.
Alexandra Headland SLSC head coach Jack Hansen said the problems started in March, when the State Championships set to be held on the Sunshine Coast were cancelled.
The Australian Championships at the Gold Coast soon followed.
The Unbreakable was set to take place on the day the Coolangatta Gold had been due to run, but was also cancelled.
“That sort of left a pretty big hole in the end of our season,” Mr Hansen said.
About 120 entrants have already signed up, and he hoped to have 200 competitors locked in by the day.
Headline acts already confirmed included Matt Bevilacqua, Hayden White, Jett Kenny, Lana Rogers, Maddy Dunn, Georgia Miller and Tiarrn Raymond.
Competitors in under-15s and under-17s will also line-up and a downwind ski competition will also be held.
The fields are open to the wider community, for anyone eager to test themselves against elite endurance athletes.
Mr Hansen said the club was eager to do its best to put on an event catering to talent across the state, and they’d secured about $30,000 in cash and prizes, thanks to a range of sponsors, including Toyota Queensland and Sunshine Toyota, who had come on as naming rights sponsors.
Mr Hansen said the club was hopeful of it becoming an annual event.
Action will start from 7am on October 24 at Alexandra Headland.