Country Champs Profile: Jayden Allen

With the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships getting underway this Saturday it is time to get to know the athletes looking to write their name into the annals of the history of this longstanding and popular event.

As he pounds through the surf in a daily quest to get better, Warilla’s Jayden Allen is working towards the same dream that has driven thousands of youngsters over the years – to become the best competitor they can be.

The talented teen doesn’t have to look too far for inspiration with former club members and current professional Ironmen Ali Day, Ben Carberry, and Hayden White still familiar faces on the beach and at training when their schedules permit.

Jayden considers himself to be extremely fortunate to be surrounded by strong mentors at his club and credits all his coaches for his success.

After notching two bronze medals at the Country Championships last season he’s hoping to go one better this time and use his South West Rocks campaign as a springboard to the NSW and Australian Championships to be held over the next few months.

Name:

Jayden Allen

Club:

Warilla Barrack Point

Age Group:

U/14

Events you are planning to contest:

Swim, Board, Ironman, Board Rescue

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

4th in 2015/16 Sydney water series 3rd in both Swim and Ironman 2015 Country Champs 1st in Board at 2015 NSW Interbranch carnival

How long have you been involved in surf lifesaving?

11 years

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

Friends you meet, and racing/competing at all different beaches.

How has your training been going for the Country Championships?

I have been training with the senior squad all year under coach Dave Briggs and have stepped up and competed in a few U/15 races as well. My swim coach Phil has also challenged me against some of the older/faster swimmers at training, while my dad Kirk Allen who is also team manager takes me to all carnivals and training sessions and handles for me at all races. I am lucky to have these men as mentors to guide me and go to when needed.

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

1st goal is to win 3 individual medals at Country. 2nd goal is to medal in one of the 3 individual races at state. 3rd goal is to medal in one of the 3 individual races at Aussies.

Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?

I always have mums chicken pasta or spaghetti bolognaise the night before a carnival.

What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?

Racing and meeting new competitors that you only get the chance to see once a year at these type of events.

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

Nutri-Grain Ironmen Ben Carberry, Ali Day and Hayden White were a big part of the club before moving on with their careers. They all represented Warilla-Barrack Point on numerous occasions including country carnivals and are my biggest inspirations. Whenever they return home they are the first to come down to training and help out and give advice to both our junior and senior members.

Wed 3 Feb 2016