Surf lifesaver eyes state success after medal harvest
LACHLAN Blake headed into the Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Surf Lifesaving Championships with confidence, and the self-belief paid off.
The 12-year-old left the beach with five medals on Sunday afternoon, one of the most successful athletes at the championships.
The secret for Lachlan was not luck on the day or any special skill he possesses. It was the age-old cliche of hard work pays off.
"I do swimming four times a week and come to the beach every Wednesday and Friday," he said.
"I won't be changing anything before I go to states."
Having been before, Lachlan has his mind set on trying to better his previous performance.
Last year he made two semi-finals and a final for the board race.
"My goal is to make top five for board," he said.
"And I want a final for swim and ironman."
The increased level of competition is likely to spur on Lachlan who felt best when trying to chase down his mates at branch level.
The end of the ironman, in which he finished second, was an epic run up the beach with two of his mates.
"I wanted to chase my friend in, Colby Lewis," he said. "When I started to get closer, I grew in confidence.
"We all caught that wave and I was the fastest sprinter."
Pick up a copy of Tuesday's Observer print edition for a page of results from the championships.