2017 Stramit Country Champs Profile: Aneeka Reilly

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

For Aneeka Reilly the 2017 Country Championships are an exciting opportunity to show off her talents at her hometown beach. The South West Rocks member has been training hard all season and hopes that it will all pay off when she hits the water in just over 24 hours time.

Aneeka found her way to Surf Life Saving early in life joining up at the tender age of five as she followed in the footsteps of her older brother and cousin.

It’s fair to say that she hasn’t looked back since quickly displaying an affinity for the water that has never really left her. She enters this year’s Country Champs determined to place in all her events and already has a steely focused routine that would delight even the most experienced athletes.

As a proud Indigenous woman herself Aneeka hopes to one day meet Ella Brown who was the first to break through the barrier and compete in the professional Ironwoman Series when she made her debut on the national circuit in 2015.


Aneeka Reilly

South West Rocks Surf Life Saving Club

Age group:

Under 12s

Events intending to contest:

I will be focusing on the water events - swim, ironman and board events.

I may also tackle other team and beach events.

Previous appearances or results at Country Champs:

Over the last few years I have managed to make the top 10 in most of my events and place 5th in the beach sprint. As an 8- year old I achieved two 3rds at the country titles at my home club.

How long have you been involved in Surf Life Saving?

I've have been a member of the South West Rocks Surf Cub since the age of 5yrs, following in the footsteps of my cousin Maddie and older brother Triston, both of whom started at a similar age; and now my little sister Mia has joined up with our Nippers.

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

Being with my friends and enjoying the competitive nature at our club. I also enjoy meeting new friends from different clubs, watching other age groups compete and, of course the thrill of finishing a race.

How has your training been going for the Country Championships?

Training has been a real slog, swimming 4 days a week at the Kempsey Pool with my coach Heather Hudson, who really pushes me to the limits of my ability (but I enjoy it). I also have been spending many hours down at the beach with board training, as well as slogging it out on 3km runs on those afternoons when I don't have swim training.

What are your goals for the Championships and the rest of the season?

My Goals are to try always give my best in all events I compete in, and to make the top 10 finishing places in the swim and the ironman. I do look forward to competing on the beach as well, as I enjoy running on the sand and giving 110% in all that I do.

Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?

I have a few little routines. For instance, the night before the carnivals, I rest up and I mentally go through my plan for each of my daily events. As well, I love listening to music - before the race, during the day and of course, during the evening. It helps to settle me, and gets me in “the zone”.

Are there any surf athletes you admire or have found to be an inspiration and why?

Ella Brown is someone I would like to meet and to be as good as, if not better than, as she is the First Indigenous female to compete in the Nutri-Grain series, and my goal is to do the same, as I too am indigenous.

Fri 3 Feb 2017