Country Champ Profile: Malakai Busch

With the countdown to the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships reaching single figures, 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.

First off the rank is Malakai Busch. This 10-year-old South West Rocks Nipper is gearing up for his fourth Country Championships, and while he is yet to come away with a medal he is confident that success isn’t too far away.

Malakai can’t wait to get into the water at his home beach and will be using the 2016 Champs as an opportunity to get some racing under his belt before he contests his first ever State Titles at Umina in March.

Name: Malakai Busch

Club: South West Rocks SLSC

Age Group: Under 11's

Event you are planning to contest:

My focus at the Country Champs will be the water events. I will be competing in the swim, board, ironman and team events with my friends.

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

I have competed at all the Country Champs from the age of 8, which was my home town South West Rocks. I haven't gained a medal at Country level yet, but I will continue to give it my best and maybe 2016 will be my year.

How long have you been involved in Surf lifesaving?

I have been involved in Surf Lifesaving since I was 6 years old. My Mum and Dad are quite involved in our club and my sisters and I attend every patrol they are rostered on for.

What do you enjoy most about being a member of a surf lifesaving club?

I enjoy meeting new people from other clubs. I also enjoy learning how to keep myself and others safe at the beach.

How has your training been going for the Country Championships?

My training is coming along nicely so far. I have been working hard on my swim training under the watchful eye of my coach Heather Hudson, and my mum (my age manager) has been pushing me hard with my board training.

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

Like everyone else my goal is to come away with a medal, but my aim is to go out hard and do my personal best and have fun.

This year will be my first year going to the State Champs at Umina, and this will be a great experience for me to develop my skills further.

Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?

I have one superstition. I have a swim cap that I believe is my lucky cap and I like to wear it in all my swim events.

What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?

I love the competition and the fact that it's in my home town this year.

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

I have found great inspirations from some of the older kids in my club.

Damien Owens - he is my inspiration to never give up. If I keep working hard and doing my best I will get that medal one day.

Finn Askew - he is an amazing athlete. Finn works hard for what he wants and it's shown through all the medals he has won.

Thu 28 Jan 2016