Rising star loves surf life

Busselton Dunsborough Times

Dunsborough 15-year-old Matt Schwier has been named the winner of December’s Busselton Freight Services Rising Sports Star award, recognising his Statewide achievements in surf lifesaving.

Matt has been participating in the sport for five years and has been training himself for most of that time.

“I just thought it was a good sport for fitness,” he said of surf lifesaving.

“I like the competitions and I think it’s fun too.”

Matt’s talent and dedication have served him well, taking him to the WA Junior Surf Life Saving Championships for the past three years.

Last year, he won silver medals in sprints and flags, was a finalist for boards and picked up a medal in the all-age relay.

He also attended the 2011 WA Country Championships, where he won gold medals in sprints and flags.

Matt recently joined the Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club to receive the training required for State and national competition, and now travels there up to six times a week with his family.

He receives coaching from national trainers Peter and Denise Duncan, who encouraged Matt to compete against older athletes at the WA Senior Surf Lifesaving Championships last year.

Despite describing the senior championships as “challenging”, Matt won a silver medal in flags and a bronze medal in the relay at the event.

He is expected to compete at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Queensland in March, and he has set firm goals.

“I want to get in the final at the Australian titles for flags and sprints,” he said.

His long-term aim is to compete at the world championships, like his favourite athlete, world sprints champion Thomas Nolan.

Besides being busy training for competitions, the teenager recently attended classes for six weeks to achieve his bronze medallion, making him fully qualified to conduct patrols at any beach in Australia.

The busy MacKillop Catholic College student also plays football and trains with the Busselton Swimming Club.

Matt said it felt “pretty good” to win the award and he would spend the $200 prize money on an Australian championships shirt and travel costs.

The Rising Sports Star is proudly supported by the Busselton Dunsborough Times.

Contact editor@bdtimes.com.au for a copy of the nomination form or visit our Queen Street office. — Rachel Curry

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