Newcastle teen Alexander Walker delivered a stunning performance on the opening day of the Australian Youth Surf Life Saving Championships, claiming the triple crown in the under-14 Ironman, swim and board finals.
The Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club member produced a feat rarely witnessed at the Aussies, delivering back-to-back gold medal efforts to cement himself as one of the stars of the future.
Out of breath and a little overwhelmed, Walker couldn’t help but fall over the line only to be swamped by his Cook Hill clubbies.
“It is so overwhelming; it is such an amazing feeling,” the Newcastle High School student said.
“The team and everyone are so friendly – and we all work together at training to help each other improve as athletes.
“It is just a great atmosphere.”
His coach David Reynolds was thrilled Walker was able to put together the three races.
“It is incredible,” he said.
“When he won the first one, his dad said to me ‘what we should do with the board?’ and I said mate we leave him to go on the board, we want three out of three and I believe he can do it.
“That is the belief I have in him.
“And, that belief is throughout our whole club and as a Newcastle club we are on the build.
“We have bigger and bigger things to come and we are on the right track to it.
“Alex has set the benchmark.”
Newcastle clubs delivered strong performances across the under-14 male board.
It was Walker in first followed by Redhead’s Kane Edwards and Swansea Belmont’s Samuel Murphy.
The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will take place on the Sunshine Coast from 16 to 24 April, with more than 5,900 competitors going head-to-head across three beaches and nine action packed days of competition.