TWO years after taking up the sport, Daniel Mann (14) has secured a place on Surf Life Saving WA’s Western Suns development squad.
The Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club member recently returned from Sydney, where he competed in three carnivals.
“Daniel is an up and coming beach sprinter and beach flag athlete and was chosen due to his success at competitions in WA,” president Neil Rigby said.
“Daniel has previously won two bronze medals at the WA State Championships.
“He is a keen athlete and also is a patrolling member.
“The club are proud and supportive of Daniel’s current achievements.
“No doubt he will continue to develop and excel within his sport and surf lifesaving.”
The Mindarie teenager said he joined the club about two years ago and was enjoying his third season as a surf lifesaver.
“I was interested in the flags; I though it looked pretty cool,” he said.
“I do mainly flags and sprints but I also do all the other events.”
Daniel came second in an under-14 beach relay at the Manly Nipper Nats event with Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club’s Ollie Waymouth and Declan Cook, as well as Mitchell Eady from Mullaloo SLSC in his team.
The Year 9 student, who attends Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, also won bronze in the boys under-14 beach flags at that carnival.
His mother Louise said it had been an awesome opportunity for almost 30 WA youngsters who were part of the squad.
Daniel said he was looking forward to the national competition in Scarborough at the end of this year and hoped to make it to the finals.
As well as the competitive aspect, he said he enjoyed doing his first four beach patrols as a volunteer this season.
“I want to move up the ranks and become a patrol captain and be an IRB (inflatable rescue boat) driver and a jet ski driver,” he said.