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Issues from 1998
Issues from 1998


National success for young lifesaver



Congratulations to Saxon Beale of 10LN, who won gold in the under 17 beach flag event at the national lifesaving titles, held at North Kirra Beach in Queensland in April, earning him the title of Australian under 17 champion in this event.

Earlier in April, Saxon represented Victoria in the Surf Life Saving Association interstate championships, achieving second place in the Australian youth men’s beach flags – an outstanding achievement for a young athlete.

Saxon first became involved in lifesaving through one of his close friends who participated in ‘nippers’ (young surf lifesavers) at Point Lonsdale, and he began at under nine level. He began competing for Point Lonsdale in junior competition, where he greatly enjoyed the beach events, flags and sprints. Saxon now competes in senior competition for the Anglesea Surf Lifesaving Club.

Saxon says the best thing about lifesaving is the atmosphere at the beach: ‘It’s really relaxed and fun,’ he says. ‘You can make some really good friends through the sport, and the general community is great.’

Saxon hopes to make the state team again next year. ‘At the nationals last year I came seventh in beach sprints, and made it to the semi-finals for beach flags,’ Saxon says. ‘I also made the state team in 2013 and I competed at this year’s state titles in early April.’ At the 2015 state titles, Saxon won four gold medals, one silver and one bronze, an outstanding achievement.

Saxon plays soccer at school, and he also plays in a futsal league outside of school.

Updated: 3 October 2016