Jack’s an ace on the beach

Jack Musika with his medals.
Jack Musika with his medals.

Jack Musika, representing Coogee Beach Surf Life Saving Club, claimed the win in the under-14 male beach flags division.

A day earlier he had claimed silver in the under-14 beach sprints.

Musika said he was nervous ahead of his first race.

�There were top-level performers there and I just wanted to perform well,� he said.

�I went over wanting to make the finals but I didn�t expect to medal.�

Musika said the competition was tight.

The judges were tough on anyone breaking at the start and with no second chances, there were plenty of disappointed athletes.

�I didn�t really know how good everyone else was or where I�d fit in with them,� he said.

�But after the first race I was a lot calmer.

�I was really happy to win the medals.�

Coogee Beach SLSC surf sports director Darren Spencer said the medals were a reward for effort.

�There�s a lot of natural ability there but he�s a good kid, quiet, modest and always competes hard,� he said.

�He�s at that age where a lot of the boys drop out so hopefully he can continue on because he�s a good role model for our club.�

Fellow club mate Wesley Muller, who competed in the Masters division, completed the two-man contingent from Coogee tackling the largest annual event of its kind in the world.

Muller claimed bronze in the 2km beach run for men aged 35-39.

In total more than 7000 competitors from 311 Australian surf life saving clubs flooded North Kirra Beach to compete in the event�s centenary year.