It was one of the most exciting races of the games for Australia and indeed surf lifesavers around the nation.
We all watched as the powerful K4 team led the way to Olympic Glory in the 1000m race last night (Australian time) finishing in front of Hungary in second and Czech Republic in third place.
Inspiring to see just how far surf lifesaving can help to progress a career in sport, the team, comprised of Tate Smith (Northcliffe), Dave Smith (Warilla Barrack Point), Murray Stewart (Manly) and Jacob Clear (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park) are all current surf lifesavers.
Tate and Jacob recently competed at the 2012 Aussies in the ski events. Tate is the Australian Champion in Open Men’s Ski Relay and Taplin Relay, Jacob finished 6th in the single ski final.
It was the second Olympics for all of the boys except Murray Stewart who made his Olympic debut in London.
Murray Stewart will be back in action tonight in the heat’s of the K1 200m.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to be an Olympian, check out SLSA’s talent id program, The Next Wave (designed to fast track surf athletes towards Olympic glory in water sports) on the SLS website – www.sls.com.au/talentid