Behind The Scenes: 2019 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships (‘the Aussies’) is an annual event where members from Australia‚Äôs 314 Surf Clubs come together to compete in more than 400 beach and ocean events.

In 2019, the Aussies will be heading back to the Gold Coast, QLD. Champion title holders will be defending their titles and members and families will come together to celebrate the community that is Surf Life Saving Australia.

The Youth Championships will be conducted at North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) from 30-31 March, with the Masters and Open Championships being held from 1-7 April at Broadbeach SLSC.

Meet Meg Webster. Despite having been to the Aussies previously to watch her older brother, Meg is lining up herself for the very first time as the 2019 Aussies roll into the Gold Coast. She’s now old enough to compete in the Under 14 division for Mordialloc Life Saving Club (LSC) and Meg is prepped, primed and ready to get out there this weekend.

Meg Webster, Mordialloc LSC

She will be focusing her energy on the U14 Ironwoman and Board events. Meg plans a practice run on the North Burleigh strip of sand to ensure all cobwebs are well-cleared from her system by the time competition rolls around.

Meg knows that her preparation is the key to success and will be using that as her mantra. Hydration, a good, nutritious meal and an early night will prime her to ensure she’s in the best condition possible come tomorrow morning.

The best advice she’s been given?

“Just go out there and give it everything I can. Most of all, I want to enjoy the experience and the moment,” she says.

Meet Jorja Palazzolo. The seasoned state carnival representative will be heading up to the North Burleigh shores this weekend to compete in her second Aussies carnival. Jorja is looking forward to rubbing shoulders with the best in the business in the boards event this year after competing in all water events previously.

Jorja Palazzolo, Mordialloc LSC

They say, ‘the harder you work, the luckier you get.’

Jorja’s attitude towards training might be considered extreme to some, but after swimming, board and crossfit training six, three and once per week respectively, she could not be any more prepared for the competition.

Her biggest hurdle over past months has been keeping her body in a fighting-fit condition. Jorja’s injured back and shoulders might have been a speed bump previously, but Aussies have motivated Jorja to roll-out, stretch and do her rehabilitation exercises every day.

“I will treat it as ‘just another competition’ and I want to nail my starts,” she says.

Jorja is driven to be better, stronger and faster than most, wanting to take this sport as far as possible as part of her career.

“I love this sport and I hope to one day compete at the highest level with the best.”

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