COUNTRY STAR: Josh Brown has a busy week of competition ahead with the Australian Pool Championships in Canberra and the NSW Country Championships in Mollymook
COUNTRY STAR: Josh Brown has a busy week of competition ahead with the Australian Pool Championships in Canberra and the NSW Country Championships in Mollymook Stephen Chu

Looking to win at Country Championships

BYRON Bay surf lifesaver Josh Brown isn't chasing any individual records at the NSW Country Championships in Mollymook on the South Coast this week.

Brown has walked away with a total of 33 medals in his past three years of competing at the Country Championships.

The 17-year-old has a busy week ahead of him and will miss the first two days of competition on Friday and Saturday.

He will first compete in the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, starting tomorrow.

"I'll miss most of my age events but I'll try and do as many as I can on the last day," Brown said.

"Most of the events left will be in the opens so I won't be hunting medals."

Byron Bay has dominated the carnival in recent years, winning the last three.

The Country Championships are only open to clubs outside metropolitan areas.

It is also one of the final hit-outs before state championships on the Central Coast next month.

"It's a good carnival because you know most of the people there," Brown said.

"It's a more relaxed competition but we'll be looking to win it."

Brown missed a carnival at the weekend with a foot injury but is raring to go again.

He is set to represent NSW later this month at the State Interbranch Championships at Newport Beach in Sydney.

The Trinity Catholic College student is about to start Year 12 with his sights set on winning the Australian Under-17 ironman race in April.

He is also keeping busy working a summer job patrolling the beaches of Ballina.

"I'd like to spend a summer life guarding in the US and do that as a gap year," Brown said.

He also hopes to make the Australian Under-19 team to compete at the World Championships in France.



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