Surf Life Saving Aussie Titles & More
By Jock Campbell
It’s been a big few weeks. We’ve come to the pointy end of the season in Surf Lifesaving, Cricket and Athletics. As usual my favourite time for the year is the Australian Surf Lifesaving Titles, or “Aussies” as they’re known. At it’s peak 10, 000 athletes have attended, nowadays it’s usually around 7, 000. Jock Athletic always has a large contingency and it’s where you usually get what you deserve. If you train year round, aiming to peal for nationals and have enough talent, you can take on the big ‘guns’ and do well.
I always tell my Surf athletes they should take a photo of themselves the week of Aussies, as they will never be in better shape.
This year our small group of athletes that headed to Perth got some strong results. We didn’t get everything we wanted, but that’s how it should be - Australian Titles should behard to win. Regardless, it’s always a great week with an awesome atmosphere made all the more special if you do well.
Out of our runners Ali Najem became Australian Champion in the 2km beach run in the U19’s and then backed it up to take 3rd in the opens final. Mitchy Palmer got an incredible 4th in the same opens race in his first Nationals attempt. Our star of the future, Elly O’Donoghue, at age 13, came 3rd in the U15’s race; Hannah Goman, after having a very solid season, came 8th in the U17’s, Peta Smith in her first Aussie 2km came 12th in a red hot women’s field, and early in her running comeback Georigia McGrath came mid pack.
We had a really enjoyable season with some great results - even this old bloke won his first ever Masters title in the over 45’s.
With our athletes who actually get in the water, Jay Furniss won the U19 Surf Swim title, Taylar Puskaric won a gold and a bronze and Mini Allum made his first ever, open ironman final.
What’s next? A few of us will be going to the World Surf Life Saving Titles in September in France to try and win medals. Training has already begun.
Jock Campbell is a Sports Scientist, Elite Strength & Conditioning Coach & Level 3 Athletics coach with over 25 years experience training and coaching surf life saving athletes. For more on Jock, see About Us.