The winners of the 2023 Woolworths Queensland Grommet Titles event two and overall Queensland Champions were crowned today in clean 2 – 3ft waves at Tallebudgera Beach.
It was a classic Queensland winter day with light winds and plenty of waves for the groms to battle it out for a state title and a position at the 2023 Australian Junior Surfing Titles to be held at Phillip Island, 25 November – 3 December.
In the Under 12 Girls final, Navah Holmes (Tugun), fought hard for the win against Evie Bawden (Noosa Heads), Billie Berg (Miami), Malia Simon (Coolangatta).
The Under 12 Boys Division was taken out by Jaxxon Sands (Palm Beach) who was a standout performer of the weekend. Sands defeated Louis Taylor (Peregian Beach), Zane Perez (Gold Coast) and Sunny Canina (Peregian Springs).
It was a battle of the sisters in the Under 14 Girls Division with one set of twins and another pair of sisters making up the final four competitors. Eliza Richardson (Sunshine Beach) scored one of the waves of the day, a 9.00 (out of a possible 10), to give her the edge over her twin sister, Rosie Richardson (Sunshine Beach). Coming in at third and fourth respectively were sisters Charlotte Rielly (Dicky Beach) and Savannah Rielly (Dicky Beach).
“Conditions were really fun today, so I was happy to get some good waves and get the win,” said Richardson. “I’m really excited to be part of the Queensland Team and to compete at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles at the end of the year.”
The Under 14 boys were on fire all weekend with Kai Coleman (Peregian Springs) the standout from day one. He had a quick start to the final with two major scores on the board, putting the pressure on his fellow competitors. Coleman defeated Luca Martin (Coolangatta), Archie Fergusson (Sunshine Beach) and Monty Mergler (Point Lookout).
“It feels really good to get the win and go to Aussies on Phillip Island this year,” said Coleman. “The waves were pumping, I had so much fun out there this weekend.”
The results of event one and two were combined together to decide the Queensland Champions for each division.
Full event results and series placings are listed below.
1st – Navah Holmes
2nd – Evie Bawden
3rd – Billie Berg
4th – Malia Simon
1st – Jaxxon Sands
2nd – Louis Taylor
3rd – Zane Perez
4th – Sunny Canina
1st – Eliza Richardson
2nd – Rosie Richardson
3rd – Charlotte Rielly
4th – Savannah Rielly
1st – Kai Coleman
2nd – Luca Martin
3rd – Archie Fergusson
4th – Monty Mergler
Overall Woolworths Queensland Grommet Champions
U12 Girls – Navah Holmes
U12 Boys – Jaxxon Sands
U14 Girls – Eliza Richardson
U14 Boys – Kai Coleman
The 2023 Woolworths QLD Grommet and Junior Titles are supported by Woolworths, DriTimes, We Are Feel Good Inc, Suzuki Queensland, QMS Media, The Point Coolum Beach, Queensland Government, Sunshine Coast Council and Surfing Australia.
WOOLWORTHS QLD GROM & JUNIOR EVENT SERIES SCHEDULE
2023 Woolworths QLD Grommet Titles, Event One, Sunshine Coast: 27 – 28 May (Completed)
2023 Woolworths QLD Junior Titles, Event One, Gold Coast: 3 – 4 June
2023 Woolworths QLD Grommet Titles, Event Two, Gold Coast 10 – 11 June
2023 Woolworths QLD Junior Titles, Event Two, Sunshine Coast: 17 – 18 June