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Photo finish in junior final

Coolum's Alex Hopley is just edged out by Alexandra Headland's Lewis Bold in the junior flags final last weekend.
Coolum's Alex Hopley is just edged out by Alexandra Headland's Lewis Bold in the junior flags final last weekend.

Coolum cadet lifesaver Alex Hopley was just a fingernail away from winning the under-15 male flags event at the Ocean Assault Junior Finals at Southport last weekend.

Alex, who was the fastest qualifier for the flags event, was just pipped by Alexandra Headland’s Lewis Bold.

The 15-year-old Coolum competitor, who also finshed fifth in the sprint final, has been selected in the Sunshine Coast branch team and will compete at Burleigh on Australia Day.

Big surf conditions forced a premature end to Saturday’s Junior Finals, leaving many competitors disappointed.

The senior events went ahead on Sunday, with the Northcliff club dominating.

The Gold Coast club took out the first four places in the ironman final, with Zane Holmes finishing ahead of Nathan Smith and Shannon Eckstein, and the top two spots in the ironwoman final, won by Courtney Hancock.

Mooloolaba ironwoman Gemma Newbiggin was the Sunshine Coast’s best performer, finishing in fourth position.


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