Country Champs Profile: South West Rocks Masters Surf Boat Crew

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.

A new look South West Rocks Surf Boat crew will be looking to take full advantage of their hometown knowledge when they take to the waves in the Master’s (160 years) division at this year’s Country Championships.

The team of Paul Owens, Andrew Packwood, Mark Notley and Chris Ward are one of two local crews gearing up for the championship’s and have enjoyed a successful campaign so far in what is only their first season together.

The crew sit in second spot in the North Coast series, and are aiming for gold at both Country and NSW level before making the trip to Queensland in April for the Australian Titles.

When they’re not out on the water, the crew are busy with their own training session, and are quietly confident that their hard work will pay off this weekend.

How Long has this crew been together?

This is our first season together as a crew. However we have all previously rowed for South West Rocks in other divisions.

How is the season going so far?

At this stage we are currently coming second in the North Coast Boat Series, but are still getting better week by week.

What are your Goals for this season?

Our goals this year are high. We would like a Gold Medal in the country titles and State Titles, along with making the finals in the Aussie Titles.

What sort of training goes into preparation for country titles?

We train 3 days a week in the Boat, rowing in the Surf and the River as well as Gym sessions.

How will you celebrate if you’re successful at Country Titles?

Following the last row, a few quiet drinks will be in order!

Thu 4 Feb 2016