A gruelling day for Joe

NAROOMA’S Joe Halsey has been competing at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships in Perth at Scarborough beach.

On Thursday morning the heats for the 90m sand sprints were held with about 80 competitors running. Joe placed first in his first heat and two hours later he competed in the second round of heats finishing first.

On Friday morning at 7am was the 2 kilometre beach run. Joe and a competitor from Cronulla led the pack in the race right up to 150m from the finish when the third and fourth overtook Joe who ended up fourth.

Joe was exhausted and thought he had four and a half hours to recover.

Unfortunately this wasn’t the case because the sprint semis had been changed to 11am.

Although he only had two hours to recover Joe came fourth in his heat and qualified for the grand final at 12 noon.

In the final Joe drew lane nine on the soft side of the track. Although he came out of the blocks quickly, the sand collapsed under him causing him to lose momentum. This put him behind the front runners and although he gained ground he ended finishing sixth which was a fantastic feat considering he had run the 2km beach run in the morning.

Joe would like to thank Narooma Surf Lifesaving club for giving him the opportunity to compete in Perth.

“It was a fantastic experience thank you again,” Joe said.

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