RISING STAR: Isabella Nichols.
RISING STAR: Isabella Nichols. WSL

Coast teenager in hunt for spot on world tour

SPORTS BITES

Nichols hunts tour

SURFING: Coolum Beach’s reigning junior world champion, Isabella Nichols, is among a selection of Sunshine Coasters at a significant World Surf League Qualifying Series event in the United States.

The 6000-point Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro is due to get underway on Friday night.

Nichols heads into the event in 10th place on the QS standings. The top six on the year-ending rankings, not including surfers qualifying in the top-10 of the Championship Tour, will earn spots on next year’s CT.

Other Coasters there are Jaleesa Vincent, Dimity Stoyle, Sophie McCulloch and CT contender Keely Andrew.

Court time

VOLLEYBALL: Most of the state’s top school volleyball sides will collide in a carnival at Caloundra on Sunday.

There will be 30 teams in action across three age groups, including outfits from local schools Nambour High, Burnside High, Nambour Christian College and Mountain Creek High.

Guenther geared

MOTOR SPORT: Sunshine Coast’s Troy Guenther has taken the opportunity to test at the Morgan Park circuit this week, ahead of round five of the Australian Superbike Championships there next month.

With two rounds remaining, the teenager is in second place in the Supersport division.

Guenther combines racing with work and business studies at Sunshine Coast University, where he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship.

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to prepare for a round (at Warwick) that is close to home,” the Graffiti Alley Racing rider said.

“Morgan Park is a unique track, quite tight and bumpy with a great layout which makes it fun to ride. “In the initial testing I was feeling quite comfortable on the Yamaha.”

Paddle power

ROWING: The Brisbane Schoolgirls Rowing Association will contest round one at Lake Kawana on Saturday. Road closures will be in effect along Sportsmans Parade.

Bowditch battles

GOLF: Peregian Beach’s Steven Bowditch continued his season of struggle on Friday, carding an opening round of five-over 77 to be in 128th place and 11 shots off the lead in the US PGA Tour’s Canadian Open.

Bowditch has grappled with injury and form this campaign.