Mann on a mis­sion

Wanneroo Times - - Sport -

TWO years af­ter tak­ing up the sport, Daniel Mann (14) has se­cured a place on Surf Life Sav­ing WA’s Western Suns devel­op­ment squad.

The Quinns Min­darie Surf Life Sav­ing Club mem­ber re­cently re­turned from Syd­ney, where he com­peted in three car­ni­vals.

“Daniel is an up-and-com­ing beach sprinter and beach flag ath­lete and was cho­sen due to his suc­cess at com­pe­ti­tions in WA,” pres­i­dent Neil Rigby said. “Daniel has pre­vi­ously won two bronze medals at the WA State Cham­pi­onships.

“He is a keen ath­lete and also a pa­trolling mem­ber. The club is proud and sup­port­ive of Daniel’s achieve­ments.

“No doubt he will con­tinue to de­velop and ex­cel within his sport and surf life­sav­ing .”

The Min­darie teenager said he joined the club about two years ago and was en­joy­ing his third sea­son as a surf life­saver.

“I was in­ter­ested in the flags; I thought it looked pretty cool,” he said. “I do mainly flags and sprints but I also do all the other events.”

Daniel came sec­ond in an un­der-14 beach re­lay at the Manly Nip­per Nats event with Sor­rento Surf Life Sav­ing Club’s Ol­lie Way­mouth and De­clan Cook, as well as Mitchell Eady from Mul­laloo SLSC in his team.

The Year 9 stu­dent, who at­tends Pe­ter Moyes Angli­can Com­mu­nity School, also won bronze in the boys un­der-14 beach flags at that car­ni­val.

His mother Louise said it had been an awe­some op­por­tu­nity for al­most 30 WA young­sters who were part of the squad.

Daniel said he was look­ing for­ward to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Scar­bor­ough at the end of this year and hoped to make it to the fi­nals.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

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