NATIONAL MEDAL: Liam Farrelly, 17, with the bronze medal he won at the Surf Life Saving Australia Open Championships.
NATIONAL MEDAL: Liam Farrelly, 17, with the bronze medal he won at the Surf Life Saving Australia Open Championships. Alistair Brightman

Farrelly's national medal a fine way to end time in the Bay

LIAM Farrelly admits he might not like what he sees at state surf life saving carnivals next year.

The 17-year-old will move to the Sunshine Coast for university next year, and that change will mean he suits up for a new club.

"I don't know if I'll like seeing Hervey Bay as opposition,” Farrelly said.

Farrelly, who has competed solely for Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club, finished what could have been his last competition for the Fraser Coast club in stunning fashion.

He won bronze in the under-17 flags event at the Surf Life Saving Australia Open Championships, a result that shocked the teen.

"I competed in the same comp last year and I couldn't even make the semi finals,” he said. "I was really far off last year so to come through and beat last year's effort by that much, I didn't expect it.”

He said that experience combined with the wisdom of coaches Tony Grima and Rick MacDonald taught a valuable lesson in how to approach the event.

"It taught me to commit to a flag as last year I was iffy, I wouldn't fully commit as I didn't expect to win or place so I didn't put everything into it,” Farrelly said.

That wasn't a problem at this year's Coolangatta Beach competition as he forced his through to the finals and went within one race of a national title.

"Apparently I was up first but stumbled on the sand and the guy next to me got a shoulder in front,” he said.

"From there it was over - I couldn't run around him in time. I was still happy anyway to get a medal.”



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