Country Champs Athlete Profile: Scout Hembrow

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.

Byron Bay’s Scout Hembrow is a perfect example of how dedication and commitment to training can take you to places. Scout has only been involved in surf lifesaving for four years, but has risen through the ranks with some eye-catching performances that resulted in her being named in the NSW Country team currently competing at the 2015 Trans-Taman Series on the South Coast.

Name: Scout Hembrow

Club: Byron Bay

Age Group: U17s

Events you are planning to contest: Board, swim and ski.

Previous appearances or results at Country Champs or other major events: This will be my fourth time competing at the Country Championships.

How long have you been involved in surf lifesaving?

I joined a club for the U13 season so I have been involved for four years now. My brother and sister had joined before me so I knew what it was about before I signed up.

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

Clubs are a great thing to be a part of everyone is friendly and the competition aspect is a lot of fun. I thought being a late starter that everyone would be ahead of me in terms of their skills and fitness, and they were, but I’ve been able to catch up and learn a lot of new things over my time at the club.

How has your training been going for the Country Championships?

It’s been going really well. We’ve been training pretty much every day except for a couple of days break over Christmas but I’m feeling fit.

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

My goal for Country is to compete well and see how I finish; although I would love to finish on the podium for my events! I’m going to be competing at the state championships in March and at the Nationals as well, so this is a good chance of seeing how my training will stand up in competition.

Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?

Not really. I usually just zone out and do my own thing on race day.

What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?

It’s a fun event to attend where you get to meet a lot of different people from all the clubs who attend, and I’m looking forward to having fun there after I have finished competing.

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

Tue 13 Jan 2015