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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.

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