Solid gold from Sunshine team
SUNSHINE Beach's under-19 girls have created history by becoming the first team from the small club to win a Coolangatta Gold crown when they claimed the short course race on Saturday.
Liv Emanuel, Ruby Nolan, Talisa Brady and Sophie Boulton blitzed the 20 kilometre torture test that included a 10km ski leg, 2km swim, 3km board and 5km run in a time of 3:29:28.
The foursome was more than six minutes ahead of Northcliffe, which finished in second and third.
Incredibly, Team Shine - as they called themselves - would have placed second in the open women's relay despite giving away years of experience to their rivals.
The performance was set up by Liv Emanuel, whose opening ski leg was the second-fastest of any woman who competed in the short course, covering the course in just one hour and 57 seconds.
Emanuel was happy with the performance but it didn't come easy.
"It was one of the toughest races I've ever done, but worth it,” Emanuel said.
"I'll be back for sure, but only for the team.”
The Sunshine Beach men had a tougher day at the Coolangatta Gold, finishing fourth in the U19 division behind Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore and Wauchope-Bonny Hills.
The team, comprising Tom O'Connor, Zac Bromage, Max Moore and Zac Brewer, crossed the line in 2:29:06, to be four minutes and 48 seconds behind the winners.