Country Champs Athlete Profile: Isaac Sanderson
With just five sleeps until the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships get underway, 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.
Just over a year ago at the 2015 Country Championships in Mollymook Isaac Sanderson powered his way to a gold medal in 2km beach run, and the Wauchope teen is hoping to repeat the dose at South West Rocks when he lines up in the U15 race.
Sanderson has been involved in surf life saving since he was just 6 years old and is passionate about the movement and keeping fit and healthy.
He cites former Australian Champion Ky Hurst as a role model, and is looking forward to getting out there and competing at the Country Championships in a number of events because of its “special atmosphere.”
Wachope Bonny Hills
Events you are planning to contest:
Swim, and 2km beach run
Previous appearances or results at Country Champs or other major events:
Top 5 in swim and 1st in the 2km beach run
How long have you been involved in surf lifesaving?
I have been involved in surf life saving since under 6's.
What do you enjoy most about being a member of a surf lifesaving club?
I enjoy being able to help the community and meet new people.
How has your training been going for the Country Championships?
It has been going great! I have been keeping my swim fitness up and training more with running in the sand rather than road as you never know what the course will be like at a competition.
What are your goals for the Championships and the rest of the season?
My main goal is to have fun and defend my first place in the 2km beach run into 2016.
Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?
I eat a lot of fruit before a race and do a lot of stretching.
What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?
I love the atmosphere and being able to meet new people and talk to people about similar interests.
Are there any surf athletes you admire or have found to be an inspiration and why?
The athlete I admire most is Ky Hurst as he is genuine, likes to have a conversation, and gives good tips.
Mon 1 Feb 2016