MEDAL MATES: Zachary Bromage, third from left with bronze and Texas Dixon, third from right with his silver at the A ussies.
MEDAL MATES: Zachary Bromage, third from left with bronze and Texas Dixon, third from right with his silver at the A ussies. Contributed

Best of competing mates

TWO mates from Melbourne now based in Noosa have found themselves together on the victory dias at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

Texas Dixon and Zachary Bromage, from neighbouring Melbourne lifesaving clubs, became mates five years ago when they were competing against each other at the Victorian Surf Lifesaving championships, before both families relocated to Queensland 18 months and three years ago respectively for work and lifestyle changes.

Who would have thought that in 2017 they would both be living in Noosa, attending the same school, competing for rival neighboring surf lifesaving clubs and both claiming medals at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships.

Zach (Sunshine Beach SLSC) is a national open water swimmer who has always been very competitive in surf lifesaving making many regional and branch teams realised success last month at the Aussies claiming the bronze medal in the U15 Surf Swim race. At the same championships and within 10 minutes of Zach's race Tex Dixon (Noosa Heads SLSC) dream was realised finishing with silver in in the U15 board race.

"'I've had a pretty good season leading up to these titles but was disappointed with my board race at the Queensland titles but an Australian silver medal more than made up for it,” Tex said.

"My goal was to make the final so I felt really relaxed going into the final like never before.

"I've got the best training partners and coaches at Noosa Heads who push me at every training session and without them I don't think I would have had the belief to even make the final.

What makes this even more amazing is that Queensland only claimed three male U15 individual medals at the championships with these mates winning two of them.

Next year's Aussie surf titles are in Scarborough in West Australia where both Tex and Zach will compete and hopefully medal.


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