Coach is ready to compete at Open

CUDGEN Headland surf lifesaver Scott McCartney believes it's a blessing in disguise to be a competitor and coach at the Open Surf Life Saving Championships at Kingscliff Beach today.

The 25-year-old has had a busy summer preparing the likes of Nathan Gray, Jarrad Cain, Callum Smith and Rohan Small.

"It can get hard but I try to focus on the other guys as much as myself," McCartney said.

"I look forward to everyone's races as much as my own and it's always a thrill to see any of them win.

"We've been training for about 10 months and it's the business end of the season now."

An ankle injury looks certain to rule out Madison Beckerleg but leaves the door open for 17-year-old Kendall Fitzgibbon to fill the void in the team events.

Ellie Leaver and Alice Hunt are also expected to perform well across a number of events.

McCartney hopes the swell picks up and expects big things from Gray and Leaver in their first season at Cudgen since leaving rival club Lennox Head.

"Nathan is an all-rounder and will be a contender in every event he is in," McCartney said.

"He has strengthened us in the team events and Ellie has been pretty spot-on with the ski lately."

Former Lennox Head surf life saver Tanyn Lyndon will have his sights set on the open ironman after his debut season in the Kellogs Nutri-Grain series.

Byron Bay's Brodie Moir is another coming fresh off the Nutri-Grain series with Josh Brown and Ela Heiniger also expected to perform well.



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