Country Champs Athlete Profile: Peter Hill

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.

Peter Hill has been involved in Surf Lifesaving for almost 50 years. These days he is still very much involved in the movement helping the next generation of Nippers and competing when he can.

At age 50 he finished a very credible 6th in an Open Board Final, and still thrives on the challenges of competing. He has a pretty busy schedule for Mollymook where he will contest both beach and water events.

Name: Peter Norman Hill
Club: Nowra-Culburra SLSC
Age Group: O’55
Events you are planning to contest: Swim, board, tube, sprint, flags, board and longboard riding, board rescue.
Previous appearances or results at Country Champs or other major events:

Since 1996 I have gained medals in most events (except ski which I don’t paddle). Several golds in swim and board and a number of wins in open board riding. I have also been lucky enough to gain state medals in swim, tube, board rescue, longboard riding and board riding. It may be possible that I have been the oldest person to make an open state final when I placed 6th in board riding at age 50 at Shellharbour.

How long have you been involved in surf lifesaving?

Since I was 9 years old in 1964.

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

Helping the nippers and racing in the weekly club handicap.

How has your training been going for the Country Championships?

Same as for other years – 5 to 7 surfs per week.

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

To have a go at everything I can, which is limited due to being the father of 11 children, all surfers and surf club members aged from 32 to 7.

Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?

I just get nervous.

What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?

Official, Alan Beveridge, telling me to get behind the fence.

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

Dick Plummer who keeps on keeping on.

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

Sun 11 Jan 2015