Coolum High named Australia’s best surf school – See Sunshine Coast news


The winners of MR Shield 19 Girls Jaleesa Vincent and Isabella Nichols of Coolum State High School. Photo: Surf Australia / Nikon

Coolum High School took top honors for school surfing at the Soundwave Australian Junior Surfing Titles on Friday, with U19 girls Jaleesa Vincent and reigning State Champion Isabella Nichols winning the MR Shield.
Named after quadruple surfing world champion Mark Richards, the MR Shield names Australia’s best surf schools in three divisions: Under 19 for Boys and Girls and Under 16 for Boys.
The schools competition is being held in conjunction with the Soundwave Australian Junior Titles (December 1-8) and the prestigious MR Shield winners can comfortably claim the right to boast of being Australia’s best surf schools.
The famous surfing duo Coolum join a long list of talented surfers who have won MR shields for their schools over the past 30 years, including world champions Stephanie Gilmore and Chelsea Hedges.
In addition to a victory in the MR Shield, Isabella Nichols finished third in the U16 girls’ final, a result which gives her an automatic qualification for an upcoming camp at Hurley Surfing Australia HPC, where the TravelSIM Australia team is selected for participate in the ISA World Junior. Championships.
The girls’ results were boosted by a good Sunshine Coast showing across all divisions in the National Junior titles, with Kai Hing, Sophie McCulloch and Laura Poncini winning in school divisions; and Jack Duggan of Coolum in the U18 boys semi-final.
Their results helped Queensland take overall honors in Soundwave Australian Junior Surfing Week, giving the state the right to boast of being the best region in the country for junior surfing.

Coolum’s Jesse Parkinson (right) was the proud winner of the U9 boys in the Wahu Surfer Groms competition. Photo: Surf Qld.

Jaleesa and Isabella’s exceptional victory will be celebrated by the Coolum Boardriders this weekend at a special congratulatory barbecue, where they will also honor more than a dozen other junior members for their success in the recent Wahu Surfer Groms on the Gold Coast.
“What weeks for the members of Colum Boardriders. Let’s start by warmly congratulating Jaleesa Vincent and Isabella Nicols on their victory in the Mark Richards Shield event, ”said Coolum Boardriders Chairman Daryl Maudsley.
“The girls mourned their competition and they still have a few years left in this division. An excellent result.
Daryl also praised Coolum’s Kelly Norris for winning the Dan Thomas Memorial Open Division in Kawana, beating some of the coast’s hottest open riders while taking second place among the juniors.
“The Wahoo Grom Comp also took place on the Gold Coast last weekend with the surfers from Coolum scoring great results,” Daryl continued.
“We had Ellia Smith and Jade Barraclough respectively second and third in U9 girls, Jesse Parkinson first and Jye Parkinson 4th in U9 boys, Kara Peterson 2nd in U11 girls, Amber Dodds 3rd in U13 girls, Jack Veale 3rd in the U13 boys, and Jaleesa Vincent backed up her shield victory with a 3rd in the U15 girls.
In addition, four of the club’s surfers, Kelly Norris, Eli Criaco, Jake Vincent and Matt Williams, have been nominated for the ASL (Australian Surfing Life) Hot 100 list which names and rates what he considers to be the top 100 surfers in under 21 in the country.
The club’s top juniors are set to feature again this weekend with the four-day 2012 Rip Curl Gromsearch set to begin at Coolum (conditions) on Saturday, December 15, while Wahu Surfer Groms Series Event Seven takes place. will take place on the Sunshine. Coast from January 8 to 9, 2013.


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