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Hey there! My name is Sidney Blake, or ‘Bermuda’ as I am more fondly known at Cromwell. Originally from Gladstone in Central Queensland, I moved to Brisbane this year to commence my tertiary education, studying a Bachelor of Business at the Queensland University of Technology. 

Just recently, I made the 5hr plane flight to Perth, WA, to compete in the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships – more commonly referred to as Aussies. This event is the most prestigious event in the Surf Life Saving competition season and one that all athletes, whether they be beach or water competitors, spend up to 48 weeks of the year training for. As a Viking Athletics athlete, I form part of the beachie strand of competitors from the Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club. Although this is only my second season competing for Currumbin (as I am originally from the Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club), the Beach Vikings have very quickly become a second family that I cherish. As part of this squad I have the privilege to train and compete alongside some of the greatest athletes in the sport, including World Beach Sprint champion, Olivia Eaton and Stawell Gift winner and this year’s Aussies Open Female Beach Sprint and Beach Flags champion, Elizabeth Forsyth. 

As for me, I am still slowly working my way to glory, but am proud to say that I achieved top 10 in the U19 beach flags. As always, Aussies was an amazing experience and although I should be enjoying relaxing during the offseason, I am keener than ever to begin training for the season ahead.