Spotlight on sport in Noosa

Ben Clayton on high jump. Photo: Samantha Hooper

Ron Lane

At the recent Little Athletics Sunshine Coast Regional Relay championships, hosted by the Caloundra little athletics club, the Noosa club had a great day with their members competing in both track and field relays from u/7 to u/17s.

“As a result of their performance, we had 12 of our relay teams qualify through to compete at the Queensland state relay championships, to be held on the 11th December 2021 in Brisbane at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre (QSAC),” head coach Mick Hooper said.

Outstanding performances for Noosa came from u/9 boys, Ben Clayton, Sullivan Hyde, Cooper Stewart and Aiden Stewart, winning both the 4 x 100m and 4 x 200m, and u/16 girls Mairlee Scott- Jones, Dianne Ladewig, Kaiya Hides and Jennifer Ladewig, winning the 4 x 100 and Swedish relay (100m, 300m, 200m, 400m).

“It really was a great day for all our people. We are now looking forward to taking on Queensland’s best relay teams in December,” Hooper said.

With track and field being a major factor of every Olympics, we wish our Little Athletics, their coaches, families and support teams all the very best for their future.


From the Noosa Barbell Fitness and Weightlifting club comes the good news that two young members have qualified and are preparing for the senior national titles, to be held on 27 November. Taj Marsh and Zac Schwitter will be competing at the Kruger Weightlifting Club Brisbane. Both will contest the Snatch – Clean and Jerk, with Taj in the M96 class and Zac contesting the M81. Both members have moved up from the Youth u/23 division into the senior ranks.

Taj, who has won at state and national level as a youth competitor, also has the honour of being named a member of the state team for the M96 division. Zac has also competed well, taking a fourth place at the national and second at the state u/23s.For both young men it will be a great learning experience.

“We are proud of their achievements, and wish them well,” head coach Woogie Marsh said.


For every member who helped make the weekend Noosa Dolphins Rugby 7s Tournament a success, president Donald McKill was full of praise and in particular thanked Queensland Rugby, Noosa Rugby Volunteers, Tourism Noosa and Noosa Council for their involvement.

“However, it was the players, both men and women, who were the real stars, putting on a show to entertain the fans who turned out for two entertaining days, both on and off the field,” McKill said.

When the inaugural States 7s came to an end, the final results were as follows: Bond University defeated Easts 31-5 in the men’s final and in the women’s, Sunnybank claimed victory over Easts, 12-5.

Surf Lifesaving

For the Noosa Heads Surf Club, last weekend could have not been any better. The weather was perfect and despite the fact that there was no surf rolling in to make the surf boat racing carnival spectacular, the flat conditions made for some good close racing. And above all, it told the crews the truth about their fitness for the racing season ahead

Also, while the boat carnival was being conducted, the major event of the season the legendary Coolangatta Gold Marathon event was being contested on the Gold Coast. For the Noosa club, the success of the boat carnival, plus the outstanding results from the Noosa team contesting the Coolangatta Gold in both the lLong course and the short cCourse could have not been better.

Also, from Sunshine Beach there is another new star on the horizon. His name is Sam O’Connor and at just 18 years of age, he is one to watch.

On the Sunday, it was lifesaving at its best.

With Noosa’s Main Beach looking grand with lots of golden sand, good boat racing, safe bathing conditions between the flags and our happy little Noosa Nippers performing up in the corner, it was a sight to see.

While our boat events were getting under way at Noosa, two of our outstanding young clubbies, Electra Outram of Noosa and Sam O’Connor of Sunshine Beach, were amongst others making their presence felt in the Coolangatta Short Course events. Definitely a great weekend for our lifesavers.

With clubs and boat crews from all over Queensland competing, the racing was top shelf. Unfortunately, host club Noosa Heads made their three finals, but missed out on the top three placings. But once again, a big well done to the women’s crew that travelled down and back from Yeppoon to row for Noosa. Next week we take an in-depth look at surf boat racing and sponsorship.