Country Champs Profile: Finn Askew
With the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships beginning tomorrow, 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. In our final pre-event profile it is fitting that we finish with the hosts.
For three consecutive seasons the name Finn Askew has been at the top of the results sheet in the highly competitive Ironman race, and the South West Rocks clubbie is out to make it four when he competes on his home break.
The talented teenager has won multiple medals over the years at many different levels of surf lifesaving, and along with his brothers is hoping to bring glory to his home club at this year’s championships.
While his peers have had major growth spurts in recent months, Finn knows it might not be size strength that will win the 2016 Ironman but an ability to read the conditions and a healthy dose of plain old fashioned luck.
Finn has every reason to feel confident with his ability to read the waves – he is after all regarded as an emerging talent on the surfing scene as well.
He has a deep passion for surf lifesaving and all the opportunities that it has brought him such as the opportunity to attend camps, meet people, and patrol his local beach. The friendship’s he has made with others from around the state is an aspect of the movement that he really enjoys.
But when he enters the water tomorrow his focus will change and that competitive instinct that has driven him to success will kick in once more.
South West Rocks SLSC
Events you are planning to contest:
My focus coming up to the Country Champs is the water events. I will compete in the swim, board, ironman, and the team events which are board rescue, board relay and the cameron relay.
Previous appearances or results at Country Champs or other major events:
I’ve been competing at the Country Titles since I was in the Under 8s.
In the last 3 years since competing in the Ironman I have won the Under 11s, Under 12s and Under 13's at Country Titles.
I would love to once again take out the Ironman. I love endurance events. I won the swim in the Under 11s and placed 4th for the last 2 years. In the board I have placed second in the Under 11s and 12s and I won the Under 13's board last year at Mollymook.
I’ve just come home from representing the Mid North Coast Branch in the NSW Interbranch, this was my third year competing in this event.
How long have you been involved in surf lifesaving?
I started Surf Life Saving when I was 5 years old, My Mum and Dad run Nippers at South West Rocks and my 3 brothers and sister all do it.
What do you enjoy most about being a member of a surf lifesaving club?
I love the friendships you make at club, branch and state level. I have been on some cool camps this season, and I’m loving patrol too.
How has your training been going for the Country Championships?
I’ve been swimming training in at Kempsey with Hudo's swim group. I probably could be doing more on the board, but between surfing and swimming I'm not finding much time.
What are your goals for the Championships and the rest of the season?
I really want that 4th title for the Ironman, I’m going to be so nervous. I’m not sure if I've grown enough to make my board leg a strong leg, when Jayden from Warilla Barrack Point is so huge and he's a really strong swimmer too.
Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?
Yeah too many to mention, it drives my Mum crazy.
What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?
I loved going to Mollymook but it will be nice to be sleeping in my own bed before all the events. Be great to see everyone too.
Fri 5 Feb 2016