2017 Stramit Country Champs Profile: Lachie Harvey

With the 2017 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships getting underway at South West Rocks later this week it’s time to get to know the athletes looking to write their name into the annals of the history of this longstanding and popular event.

Pambula’s Lachie Harvey has been in and around his local surf club since the age of three. With those toddler days behind him this U11s competitor is gearing up for his third tilt at the Country Championships and has a busy schedule of races planned.

After getting a taste of victory in the Ironman race at Bermagui last November, Harvey is keen to replicate that winning feeling as he aims to record points for his club during what he expects to be a tough but fun competition.


Lachie Harvey



Age Group:

Under 11

Events intending to contest:

All individual water and sand events plus board rescue and surf team

Previous appearances or results at Country Champs or other major events:

This will be my third country titles having previously competed at Mollymook in 2015 and South West Rocks last year. I have three Far South Coast Branch titles for swimming, and team events. However my greatest achievement so far was winning my first ever Ironman event at Bermagui in November 2016.

How long have you been involved in Surf Life Saving?

I have been involved in the Nippers program and competing for four years. Though with an older sister and father also active in the club, I have been around the Pambula SLSC since about three years of age.

What do you enjoy most about being a member of a Surf Life Saving Club?

I enjoy having fun with mates and practicing surf skills.

How has your training been going for the Country Championships?

Living at the beach, I have been in the water most days over the school holidays. I swim at the Sapphire Aquatic Centre each week and have been doing some board training with Pambula Nippers President Andrew Holt.

What are your goals for the Championships and the rest of the season? I’d really like to earn some points at Country for my club. My aim for the rest of the season is just to have fun each week at Nippers and do the best I can at the remaining Branch carnivals.

Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?

Not really, though there is a particular club board that I like to use for board events. What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?

Competing against some of the best athletes in NSW.

Are there any surf athletes you admire or have found to be an inspiration and why? Ky Hurst is one of my favourites because at the Canberra Times fun run I was able to meet him. He is also the best surf swimmer which is one of my favourite events.

Tue 31 Jan 2017