Sweet success at championships
WINNING an Australian medal is a huge feat, and for a 19-year-old Tannum Sands lifesaver it’s been the highlight of her competitive career.
Sarah Lowe won a bronze medal at the recent Australian Pool Rescue Championships in Melbourne in the under-19s 200m obstacle race, and only realised the placing when the results flashed up on the big screen.
“I was still in the water and read my name on the board,” Lowe said.
“I got a real shock and looked up to the stands to my coach.”
Lowe said this was the biggest achievement of her career, and she was ecstatic with the result, given her lead-in to the event and the fact it came as a huge surprise.
“I hadn’t had the best preparation, as surf sports training had finished and my fitness had dropped off a bit,” she said.
As part of the Queensland Country team, Lowe helped the side capture a place in the relay at the championships.
Lowe, a first-time patrol captain, has been involved in the Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club for the past 12 years. Although she had to do her under-8s level twice, due to age, she has become a successful athlete.
Participating in many different titles including the surf rescue state titles, Crazy Johns surf sports, Aussies in March this year, Ocean 38s, Gold Coast competitions, and North Aussies, Lowe has snared many awards over the years in a sport she loves.
These include a sixth place in the championship lifesaving at the state rescue titles in February, being selected in the Queensland country team, receiving a bronze medal for board racing, representing state at age 13 and being selected in the pool rescue Queensland team.
In 2009/10, Lowe was chosen in the Queensland Country High Performance squad.
One of 10 applicants to win a scholarship through Queensland Lifesaving, she has made the most of the chance to study in a field she takes a keen interest in.
“It’s a six-week Certificate III in fitness, which I went to Brisbane to study for,” Lowe said.
“I just applied for it and hoped for the best. When I got the email saying I’d won, I was pretty excited and jumping up and down.
“It’s been really fun; I’ve learnt about physiology and anatomy, nutrition, and exercise programming.”
Lifesaving has given Lowe many skills which have been valuable in life, such as communication skills, people skills and general fitness.
“I want to stay in fitness training and hope to get some work experience soon,” Lowe said.
The new lifesaving season is starting soon, with the first competition being held in October.
“I will continue with the sport, but the competitions will become much harder as I am now in the open level,” she said.
“I have had a lot of fun last season. It’s rewarding and I have made a lot of friends, which is really important.”