An Ironman legend is set to shake up the coaching at a Coast surf club, bringing with him a renewed focus on surf sports.
As one of the most famous names in surf sport, Rhys Drury, is joining Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club (MSLSC) as surf sports head coach. Drury has countless accolades, including multiple podium finishes for the Nutri-Grain and Uncle Toby Iron Series, winner of the Coolangatta Gold and numerous state and Aussie medals.
It comes as MSLSC welcomes a fresh and youthful team of coaching staff to revive the club’s competitive history.
Drury joins Mooloolaba’s highly experienced coaches this year with Maddy Gale (nee Dunn) and Josh Linton.
MSLSC surf sports director Trent Robinson says it is vital for surf lifesaving on the Sunshine Coast that a club as iconic as Mooloolaba has a strong surf sports team and attracts and nurtures up-and-coming talent.
“We are very excited to be taking Mooloolaba Surf Sports in this new direction,” he says.
“The club has long been the underdog of the competition circuit, and we are working hard to get the club back to its peak of the glory days. “We are proud of our new coaching team and thrilled that such a legend of the surf, Rhys Drury, will be heading up the coaching staff.
“It will be an exciting time for our junior members to be mentored and coached by one of surf lifesaving’s greats.”
Mr Robinson says the club’s Boat Academy last season was instrumental in injecting youth into the sport with a three-year goal to invigorate all aspects of the MSLSC surf sports program, plus a new youth program.
“In three years, we want to be competitive in all aspects of surf sports, including surf rescue, iron, surf boats, surf craft, rescue and resuscitation and beach.”
About the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club
MSLSC has more than 1450 members, with Mooloolaba lifesavers completing 14,000 volunteer patrol hours and performing more than 1800 preventative actions and rescues per season. Mooloolaba nippers is one of the largest programs on the Sunshine Coast with more than 500 children participating per season, plus Starfish nippers for children with disabilities.