Country Champs Profile: Claudia Crawford

With the countdown to the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships reaching single figures, 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.

Among the beach sprinters looking to tear up the sand at next week’s Country Champs is Cabarita speed queen Claudia Crawford. The teenager who grew up in Narromine in the state’s Central West was originally a swimmer but her move to the coast unlocked a special talent for running.

It’s been a successful summer for the young sprinter who has been turning heads with a string of successful results at branch and club level. Among her achievements was a third place finish in the U15 Sprints at December’s Interbranch Championships and being crowned U15 Champion for Round 1 of the Fastest Man on Sand series.

She will be out to continue that good form when she takes to the sand at South West Rock and hopes that with consistent performances she will eventually be able to earn higher representative honours.

Achievements:

U15 Beachie Cabarita Beach SLSC (FNC Branch)
Club Age, Branch Age Champion, Country Age Champion
FNC Interbranch Representative – 3rd Beach Sprint
Fastest Man On Sand (Round One) U15 Champion

Goals:

To make it on the National Team

Surf Life Saving Idol:

Melissa Howard

Interesting Fact:

Moved from Narromine in the central West of NSW in 2013 where she was a swimmer not a runner.

Trainers:

Gavin Marshall and Tim Whitney

How long have you been involved in Surf Life Saving?

I have been involved in Surf Life Saving ever since I moved from Narromine back in 2013. I joined Cabarita Beach Surf Club pretty much straight away and this is my fourth season here.

What do you enjoy the most about it, and what attracted you to the sport?

The sand, the competition, and the friends I have made from all the other branches are what I enjoy the most. It was my total love of sport that attracted me to Surf Life Saving.

What appeals to you about competing at the Country Championships?

The Country Championships have such a fantastic atmosphere. Athletes, officials, family and friends from all over the country branches come together for an intense couple of days of competition - it’s a lot of fun.

Fri 29 Jan 2016