Country Champs Profile: Tylah Richards

With just five sleeps until the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships get underway, 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.

Young gun Tylah Richards won’t get much chance to rest at South West Rocks with the energetic Warilla-Barrack Point youngster planning a huge schedule at this year’s Country Championships. She’s also extremely happy to not have to compete on her birthday.

Richards has had a fantastic summer, in particular enjoying enormous success at the South Coast Branch Championships where she picked up 5 medals including 3 gold, and she will hoping to add to the silver medal she picked up at last season’s Country Championships.

The talented youngster is a huge fan of professional Ironwoman Courtney Hancock, and hopes to further her career by being selected for the South Coast Branch team in the future. A big competition here could certainly put her on that path.


Tylah Richards


Warilla-Barrack Point

Age Group:


Events you are planning to contest:

U11’S Iron Woman/Swim/Board/Sprint and Swim Teams, Board Relay, Cameron Relay and Board Rescue

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

2015 – Country Championships, 2nd U10’s Swim, 10th Board
2015 – State Championships Board Finalist
2016 – Sydney water premiership series – 6th overall in U11 Female pointscore
2016 – South Coast Branch championships – 2nd swim, 2nd Ironwoman, 1st Board, 4th Sprint, 6th flags, 1st Swim team, 1st Board relay

How long have you been involved in surf lifesaving?

I have been involved in nippers since U7’s, but on the beach around surf club with my older brother and parents since I was 2 years old.

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

I really enjoy being in the water with my friends, the friendships I have made from both Shellharbour and Warilla Surf Club, as I am a member of both, but compete for Warilla Barrack Point.

How has your training been going for the Country Championships?

My training has been going well. I have been doing my pool sessions with my Pool Coaches – Deb Zelvis and Shannon Bunt. I have also been doing my surf and Iron sessions with Damien Sheedy from Warilla Barrack Point, and I also do some surf and beach sessions with my mum (Dana) and Jo Helson at Shellharbour.

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

I would like to do well in all water events and improve in all events from last season. I would like to achieve top 10 at State this year in my water events. Next year I would like to be selected in my South Coast team for Interbranch carnival.

,b>Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?

The night before I enjoy Ravioli and Ice cream covered in Milo and like to just chill out, and on the morning of competition, I like to sit and watch the ocean, have a swim and paddle.

What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?

The fact that it is finally not on my birthday!!! I have always competed on the weekend of my birthday in January.

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

Courtney Hancock, as she is a good role model. I have met her and she is encouraging and looks so healthy.

Mon 1 Feb 2016