AUSTIN Leggo was swimming before he could walk.
It’s little wonder then that the 11-year-old Padbury resident has dedicated most of his time to the Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club since beginning there five years ago.
He comes from a family of self-proclaimed “beach bums”, as his father Ben described them.
“Austin loved being in and on the water, especially the waves,” Mr Leggo said.
“He wanted to learn how to be safe in the surf and have fun with his friends.”
Austin has put his love of the water to good use, becoming one of Sorrento’s hardest working juniors.
Earlier this year, he committed his Saturday mornings to helping special needs children in the Dolphin Swim Program.
The discipline he displays and his care for others earned him the 2017 U11 Age Managers Trophy in his first year of eligibility for the state nippers championships.
The award was voted on by his peer group and coaches in a sign of the regard in which he is held.
“He thinks a lot about other people and always wants to help others,” Mr Leggo said.
Austin’s ultimate goal is to provide the most crucial of all water roles – saving a swimmer’s life.
He is working towards his bronze medallion in the hope of joining a patrol when he is old enough.
Austin is a nominee in the Community Newspaper Group’s Local Sports Star awards.
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