2017 Stramit Country Champs Profile: Llewellyn Basset
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 athletes looking to write their name into the annals of the history of this longstanding and popular event.
Growing up in Country Victoria with the sounds and smell of the ocean a good six hour trek away hasn’t been a disadvantage for Port Macquarie’s Llewellyn Basset.
Since signing up for Nippers in the U8s this talented young athlete quickly took to the water and has been a fixture in a number of successful teams for his beloved club.
He enters his fourth Country Championships at South West Rocks determined to do the best he can and with the goal of making the finals for each event he contests.
As he so aptly puts it once you are in the finals in surf anything can happen.
It’s a lesson that every surf athletes learns along the way and should hold him in good stead as he builds towards the end of the 2017 season and beyond.
Port Macquarie SLSC
Events you are intending to contest:
Board Rescue, Surf Team, Indv Board, Board Relay, Flags, Camron Relay, Sprint Relay & 1K run.
Previous appearances or results at Country Champs:
This will be my 4th Country Champs. I have previously medalled in Sprint relay, Board Relay and Surf Team events at Country Champs. I have placed in Iron, Surf & Surf Teams, and Board & Board rescue at MNC Branch Championships. My favourite achievement so far was making the Ironman final at last years Country championships and forming a really cool board rescue team with my mates.
How long have you been involved in Surf Life Saving?
Since under 8’s. I started life out in country Victoria (6 hours from the ocean) so didn’t start nippers till then.
What do you enjoy most about being a member of a Surf Life Saving club?
Mateship, fitness and being able to surf with your friends like nearly every day.
How has your training been going for the Country Championships?
I love the training, I have two really cool and awesome coaches, Larry Brookes for surf skills… he’s awesome and a hard trainer. He still competes (in the masters) and Mel Cockshutt from SWIFT swimming also super awesome and she has really improved my swimming.
What are your goals for the Championships and the rest of the season?
My goal is to paddle hard, and to do the best I can do. I hope to make the finals in each of my events and anything can happen from there. For the rest of the season, I would like to do Board Rescue and some team events at state, and finish of the year with our club champs and just enjoy the surf with my friends.
Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?
None really just swim sessions with Mel & Larry and rest.
What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?
I really enjoy catching up with the friends I have made from other branched and local clubs and seeing how we have all improved. Especially Malik from Byron and Sterling from Mollymook and testing yourself against the best from the other branches.
Are there any surf athletes you admire or have found to be an inspiration and why?
I really love watching Ali Day and Wes Burg. They are just tough competitors and never give in.
Fri 3 Feb 2017