Lighthouse set to shine bright
MOST blokes don't like to be seen in Speedos.
However, for Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Lifesaving boat captain Brad Lyons it is all in a day's work preparing a young crew for the business end of the competition
Lyons has helped lead the boat crew from Ballina through a busy summer as they prepare for the Queensland State Championships at Kurrawa this weekend.
The young crew is coming off a bumper weekend at the New South Surf Life Saving Championships at Kingscliff.
"We were surprised that we made it as far as we did," Lyons said.
"We put everything in to our second race and we had the boat packed up and back on the trailer before we realised that we made the cut.
"So we got it back down and went in one more race.
"It was a good result because one of our guys was sick the week leading in and we didn't get to do much training."
Lyons is impressed with his novice crew and new recruits Dave Mortimer, Brin Winder and Tim Trevillan.
He hopes the club will get the numbers to have a female team next season.
His crew came second at the Far North Coast Branch titles this season.
"There is no better feeling than getting a medal," Lyons said.
"All we can do is build on what we've been doing and push through that pain barrier.
"The last two months it's been all rowing and I hope there is a bit of swell and some waves this weekend."
Meanwhile, legendary ironman Trevor Hendy is a surprise inclusion and will compete in the open ironman, board, ski and team events for Surfers Paradise at the State Championships.
Hendy won the board rescue at the Queensland event twice in 1989 and 1990.
He will also enter the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships between March 26 and April 1 at Kurrawa.
Hendy retired in 1998 before coming back to win his 25th Australian gold medal in the open board in 2001 and then retired a second time in 2002.