Country Champs Profile: Harry Askew

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.

South West Rock’s Harry Askew is looking forward to competing in the Country Championships on his home beach. Hailing from a lifesaving family – Harry and his brothers Finn and Liam will be hoping to add to their already impressive competitive resumes in front of family and friends.

Last season was a break-through season for the 10-year-old who claimed gold in the swim, silver in the board, fourth in the flags, and made the final in the sprints. He then backed this up claiming a bronze medal at the State Championships in the swim, a fine achievement in what he describes as “insane” conditions.

Harry is also currently branch champion in all water events and is aiming to continue his good form when competition gets underway next week.


Harry Askew


South West Rocks SLSC

Age Group:

Under 10

Events you are planning to contest:

I love the water events, swim and the board and then any of the team events. I hope we win the Buchanen Relay that is so much fun. If I can fit it in I will do all the beach events too.

Previous appearances or results at Country Champs or other major events:

Last season at Mollymook I won the swim, came second in the board, fourth in the flags and made the final for the sprint. Then at State Age at Umina I got third in the swim, I was so stoked as the conditions were insane. I am also the Branch champion for all the water events.

How long have you been involved in surf lifesaving?

Like all my family, since I was 5.

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

I love the carnivals and getting to travel. I also love Sunday nippers and the fun days we have on the beach.

How has your training been going for the Country Championships?

Really good I think, I’ve been swimming in at Kempsey with my two brothers Finn and Liam. Hudo (our coach) doesn't go easy on us. I am sick at the moment so I hope I’m better soon.

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

I really want to win both the board and the swim this season. I get really nervous so I hope it all goes well. We are off to State again in March so I am hoping I can make finals again in the water events then I will see what happens.

Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?

I don't think so.

What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?

Not travelling to Mollymook, that was such a long trip. I liked it when we got there but it was so long so it will be great to be at the Rocks.

Sat 30 Jan 2016