Willis Lienert is set to become the youngest member of Semaphore Surf Lifesaving Club ever to compete at Coolangatta Gold, one of the most challenging endurance races in surf sports. 12 year old Lienert will take part in the Youth Division.
Lienert will be joined by several other members. Sean McKenzie, Laurence Fletcher, Nick Penny and Leigh Pilkington will compete in the Open Long Course event. Nic Schulz will tackle the short course event in the U/19 division. The seniors have spent the winter months training on their boards and skis, racking up plenty of kilometres in bad weather and on many occasions in the dark. A typical week of training has included more than 60km on the board and skis, 5-6km swimming 5 times a week and 3 hours of running. Willis has been training hard in the pool.
Coolangatta Gold takes place on October 15th and 16th, with Lienert competing on the 2nd day. The Youth Division race includes a 300m run, 400m swim leg, 400m run, 500m board leg and run to the finish line. With the amount of preparation Lienert has done for this event he’s going to be in great shape for the upcoming surf season. His involvement is likely to inspire other juniors at the Club to give the iconic event on the Gold Coast a go in future years.