Country Champs Athlete Profile: Paige Leishman

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.

Page Leishman from Tacking Point SLSC can’t get enough of the water as it’s played a central role in her sporting interests. The youngster had some consistent finishes at her last appearance at the Country Championships, and is hoping to go one better at Mollymook this time around.

Name: Paige Leishman
Club: Tacking Point
Age Group: Under 13’s
Events you are planning to contest: Swim, board, iron-person.
Previous appearances or results at Country Champs or other major events: 4th in the swim, 2nd in the board and iron-person.

How long have you been involved in surf lifesaving?

Since Under 6’s in Clifton Beach SLSC Tasmania, where Matt Bevilacqua started.

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

Making new friends and seeing others embracing the sport I love.

How has your training been going for the Country Championships?

It’s great, I have been perfecting all my skills and I’m staying positive and focused leading up to Country.

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

To do my best and make my coach (Dave Rickwood) proud.

Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?

I have a routine that involves wearing my hair a certain way and wearing my lucky ribbon.

What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?

Catching up with my friends from other clubs and achieving my goals.

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

Elizabeth Pluimers because she is an amazing inspiration and I met her when I was six and ever since, she has inspired me to never give up and follow my dreams.

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

Fri 9 Jan 2015