Preparations underway for the series finale of the 2017 Woolworths Queensland Junior Titles presented by World Surfaris

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Preparations are well underway for the series finale of the 2017 Woolworths Queensland Junior Titles presented by World Surfaris that will kick off this weekend on the Sunshine Coast. After the original event in August was postponed due to poor conditions, the rescheduled event will hit the coast this Saturday the 7th of October and will see over 70 of the best Under 16 and Under 18 boys and girls from around Queensland battle it out over two action packed days of competition. 
 
After a huge first event on the Gold Coast in September, the stage is set for Queensland’s most anticipated junior surfing event which will see four 2017 Queensland Champions crowned, decided by competitors best two of two results. The winners of the Under 18 Boy’s and Under 18 Girl’s divisions will also receive a wild card spot to surf against some of the world’s best surfers at the 2018 Quiksilver and Roxy Pro trials at Snapper Rocks. 
 
A stacked line up of the state’s best junior boys will take to the water this weekend for their last opportunity to gain precious ratings points to go towards a blue ribbon Under 18 Boy’s title. After a thrilling finish at the first event on the Gold Coast in September, event one winner Jaggar Bartholomew (Coolangatta, QLD) and runner up Thomas Carvahlo (Coolangatta, QLD) go into event two at the top of the leaderboard followed by Kai Tandler (Coolangatta, QLD) and Alister Reginato (Alexandra Headland, QLD). Tandler and Bartholomew have had many a face off in their surfing careers, with Tandler taking out the Under 16 division in 2016 and Bartholomew finishing runner up. With such a high level of talent amongst the field of contenders in 2017, it will be a tight race to the finish for all competitors this weekend. 
 
Coming off the back of some big wins throughout this year, current Queensland Open Women’s Champion Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD) will be looking to claim her second event win of the series to secure back to back Queensland Titles. Harrison took out the Under 16 Girl’s event in 2016 and has her sights set on adding another trophy to her collection. Sunshine Coast local Amber Dodds (Sunrise Beach, QLD) is currently sitting in second place on the leaderboard and will look to utilize her home turf advantage this weekend. 
 
In the Under 16 Boy’s, event one winner Josh Grange (Burleigh Heads, QLD) will be joined by 2016 Under 14 Boy’s Queensland Champion Cameron Macdougall (Little Mountain, QLD) as two of the punters favourites. The two young guns will face Sunshine Coast local Taj Stokes (Buddina, QLD), who sits in third place on the series leaderboard and will be hungry for victory this weekend. 
 
After a stellar performance at event one on the Gold Coast, Raya Campbell (Coolangatta, QLD) will look to carry her momentum through to event two but will be keeping a close eye on Sunshine Coast surfer Holly Williams (Buddina, QLD). Williams has also been in fine form throughout 2017 and will be biting on the toes of Campbell for a first placed finish this weekend. 
 
Future Australian surfing champions will receive further help to ride the wave to success, with Woolworths expanding its commitment to the sport to include Surfing Australia’s six affiliated State branches Woolworths State Junior Surfing Titles, with 18 events to be run nationally across 6 States in 2017/18.
 
At each event, Woolworths will connect its store teams with the sport and celebrate the next generation of champions in local communities in each state.
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