LEADING THE SURF RACE
SWIM star Matthew Magnussen was among some of those at the Queensland Youth Surf Lifesaving Championships to walk away with gold.
Mr Magnussen has been involved in the Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Club since he was six, and has raced competitively from age seven.
After missing out on placing in the top three of the Under-14 male Surf Race last year, he channelled his competitive edge to come away with first place in U15s.
“I was stoked to win that swim, led it start to finish,” Mr Magnussen said.
“All the training has paid off and I’m super excited for the Australian champs.”
He said his active training schedule keeps him busy every week, in the pool, on land and in the waves.
“I do eight pool swimming sessions, two gym sessions and one or two board sessions per week.”
The swim stars mum Karen Magnussesn said it’s hard to win any race as the competition lasts three days.
“He was relieved he had that win because they do a lot of racing in the heats.
“It’s a tough elimination process, but to grab it at the end, we’re over the moon.”
Mr Magnussen also placed sixth in the U15 Ironman.
“I was leading that swim too but waves knocked me back a few times,” he said.
“I’m looking to redeem myself at the Australian for that one.”
Surf sports director Matt Richards said the clubs efforts also faired well.
“We placed 12th overall and had a number of kids win medals for different events, beach and surf.
“The tough thing for our club... is that we largely rely on volunteer coaches.
“But we’re very thankful for them coming down and coaching the kids in their spare time for nothing.”
Another gold was won by Lucia Richards in the U13 Ironwoman, with Pipi Barlow placing second in the U11 Beach Flags and Imogen Hiley also taking silver in the U14 2km Beach Run.
I was stoked to win that swim, led it start to finish. — Matthew Magnussen
WINNER WINNER: Met Caloundra's Matthew Magnussen won the U15 Surf Race at the Queensland Youth State Surf Life Saving Championships.