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As the 2019 NSW Envirobank Country Championships looms on the horizon here at Surf Life Saving NSW we are taking the opportunity to profile some of those athletes striving to make their mark at Kingscliff Beach.

Cabarita’s Cahrizma McDonald-Cass has been lighting up the sand in recent years and will be out to confirm her status as an emerging beach prospect when the heats of the Country Championship finally get underway later this week.

The talented teen took home three medals at the last edition in South West Rocks and will be hoping to convert those silver coloured ones into something more glistening.

She’s in sensational form at the moment having recently pulled on the NSW Country cap at the 2019 Trans-Tasman Series held on the NSW Central Coast.

Country ended up winning its fourth straight title with Cahrizma playing her part in the team’s success going undefeated in her Beach Sprint event across the three rounds.

She is certainly one athlete who is looking forward to competing in relatively familiar conditions with her home base not too far from the competition venue.

Name: Cahrizma MacDonald-Cass

Club: Cabarita Beach

Age Group: 17

Events Planning To Contest: Beach Flags & Sprints

Previous Results:

  • Country Championships 2018 – 2nd U17 Beach Flag, 2nd U17 Beach Sprint, 1st Open Beach Sprint

  • Interbranch Championship 2018 – 1st Beach Sprint, 3rd Beach Flags, 2nd Beach Sprints, 1st Beach Flags,

  • Trans-Tasman Series 2019 – Beach Sprint 1st place in Round 1, Round 2, & Round 3

How long have you been involved in Surf Life Saving? I have been involved for 10 years with Cabarita club.

What do you enjoy most about being a member of Surf Life Saving? Meeting new people, competition and patrols.

How has your training been going for the country championships? My training in preparation for the country champs and other major carnivals has been going very well. My coach Phil and I have been training twice a day five times a week and we think this has been the right amount of preparation for these carnivals.

What are your goals for the championships and the rest of the season? I would like to be able to compete to the highest standard and ability that I can put forward at each carnival and in doing so I can place in the top 3 in each event.

Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations? I keep the same warm up and listen to the same play list before racing.

What are you looking forward to about country championships? The fact that this year the carnival is close to home as well as being able to compete with my friends.

Are there any surf athletes you admire or have found to be an inspiration and why? Elizabeth Forsyth (2018 Stawell Gift Winner and Beach Sprinter) is a major inspiration because she is a high quality athlete that competes and trains to the best of her capabilities. It would be a major goal of mine to be able to compete and achieve my goals just as she has done.


Wednesday 30 January 2019