Country Champs Athlete Profile: Hugh Stewart

With the 2015 Stramit NSW Country Championships just around the corner, SLSNSW takes a look at some of those hoping to make their mark on the event.

Hugh Stewart from Wauchope – Bonny Hills SLSC has a busy schedule planned for the Country Championships where he intends to compete across two age groups. This youngster is all about self-improvement as he seeks to get better in every race he competes.

He’s also a fan of the social aspect of competition and is looking forward to catching up with friends from other clubs while at Mollymook.

Name: Hugh Stewart
Club: Wauchope – Bonny Hills SLSC
Age Group: U14s
Events you are planning to contest:
U14 swim, board, ironman, and board rescue. I have also entered the U15 swim, board, ironman and tube race.

How long have you been involved in surf lifesaving?

I have been involved with Wauchope – Bonny Hills SLSC for 7 years.

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

I enjoy the healthy lifestyle that surf lifesaving endorses, and the social opportunities that being a member of a club offers. Recently I have been able to do patrol with my parents on Rainbow Beach, which is very special.

How has your training been going for the Country Championships?

During the week I train in the early mornings with Swimming Club Squad at the Port Macquarie Olympic Pool where I am coached by Michael Mullens and Cheryl Neville. In the afternoon I train under the guidance of David Rickwood from Portsurfit in board and surf swimming.

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

My goal for the Country Champs at Mollymook is to improve on my finishing positions in each race this year. At State where I will be competing in March I hope to make a final. I’m also looking forward to competing at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Titles for the first time where I will be a competitor in the U14s.

Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?

I don’t really have a set routine apart from having an early night before a race!

What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?

I’m looking forward to getting to Mollymook and catching up with my fellow competitors who I have raced against in previous years and that I know from the different clubs they compete for. It’s also a good chance to compete, have a holiday and spend some quality time with my family.

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

I am an avid follower of the Nutrigrain Ironman events, but the two surf athletes I most admire are Ky Hurst and Ali Day. I ride an Ali Day signature long board, and I always try to meet up with Ky Hurst each May at the Byron Bay Ocean Swim.

The 2015 Stramit NSW Country Championships will be held at Mollymook Beach on Jan 16-18.

For further information about the Championships, please check out our event page

Mon 12 Jan 2015