2017 Stramit Country Champs Profile: Miren Davies
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.
Port Macquarie’s Miren Davies is no stranger to winning medals at the Country Championship having picked up five alone in the 2016 edition at South West Rocks.
Davies and her teammates will be aiming for a third straight gold in the beach sprint relay and it is this along with catching up with the many friends she has made in Surf Life Saving over the years that excites her ahead of what promises to be another exciting competition.
The talented teenager will be competing in a full program of events at this year’s championships but the gruelling schedule is unlike to faze her as apart from her skills in the surf and on the sand she also is a triathlete.
Having been a member of the Surf Life Saving community since the U8s and in her final summer of Nippers, Miren Davies is also beginning to look at other opportunities within the movement as she continues her involvement on her local beach.
Port Macquarie Surf Lifesaving Club
Events intending to contest:
Swim, board, iron women, sprints, flags, the 2km beach run as well as all the team events
Previous appearances or results at Country Champs or other major events:
I have been competing at country since under 8s and have picked up medals every year. Last year I received 5 medals; bronze in swim and iron woman, silver in sprints and flags and gold in sprint relay.
How long have you been involved in Surf Life Saving?
I started nippers in under 8s so seven seasons.
What do you enjoy most about being a member of a Surf Life Saving Club?
I enjoy hanging out with friends while being active in the sun and patrolling.
ow has your training been going for the Country Championships?
My training in the lead up to country at the moment involves swim and board as well as running and cycling because I also do triathlons. I have a triathlon coach who writes a program for me to do each week and he puts surf lifesaving training into my triathlon training.
My Port Macquarie Surf Lifesaving Club age group manager has been spending a lot of our nipper time on teams this season too - especially our sprint team. We are aiming for our third gold in a row this year.
What are your goals for the Championships and the rest of the season?
My goals for this Country and the rest of the season are to compete to the best of my ability and hopefully pick up some medals. I would also like to start looking at other routes surf lifesaving can take me after nippers.
Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?
I don't have any pre-race superstitions but I always stretch really well the night before and then warm up before the races in the morning.
What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?
I am most looking forward to seeing lots of friends that I have made from throughout the years competing in places all over the state, and of course being in the amazing atmosphere that country has.
Are there any surf athletes you admire or have found to be and inspiration and why?
There are lots of athletes in surf lifesaving from famous ironman and iron women to local people that I patrol with that I admire for lots of different reasons like sportsmanship, perseverance and kindness.
Wed 1 Feb 2017