Moyes right at home at Noosa Surf Club
SURF LIFESAVING: He's carrying the hopes of the Sunshine Coast but Jack Moyes is undaunted and aiming to win the Ironman Series in just his second attempt.
The 22-year-old, who recently linked with Noosa Heads, is the only male from the region to have secured a spot in the elite summer competition.
It's in stark contrast to recent years, when Mooloolaba laid claim to many of the sport's stars.
Their recent exit, due to cuts in funding at the club, has left a gaping hole on the Coast.
So Moyes is suddenly the region's sole representative.
But he's not letting that affect him.
"It really makes no difference to me," he said.
"I came to Noosa to improve my own performance and be my own athlete.
"(But) it's disappointing for surf sports to lose athletes from the Sunshine Coast...some of the idols that kids look up to at a club level."
Moyes spent 13 years at Terrigal in New South Waales before linking with coach Darren Mercer at Noosa last month.
He said he "loves Noosa".
"I like to tell people I'm living the dream."
Moyes finished his maiden ironman series in eighth place last summer to automatically requalify for the 2015-16 series.
When asked what his aim was for this campaign he said: "To win the title. (But) if I do not win I know I will have tried my hardest and learnt a lot from my new coaches and friends."
MOYES is benefiting from training with elite ironwoman and four-time world paddleboard champion Jordan Mercer and is thriving under the guidance of swim coach John Rodgers.
So his "weaker'' swim leg is set to improve.
"He has an understanding and knowledge of both surf and pool swimming and allows me to train the right way and get the most out of my training hours," Moyes said..
"Becoming a full-time athlete has allowed me to schedule more sessions and the structure under Mercer suits me.
"I was heavily involved in nipper coaching at home and will be again in Noosa."
Noosa Heads is the only Sunshine Coast club to boast athletes in the women's series as well, with Mercer and Kirsty Higgison.
However, other competitors from Coast clubs are set to take part in the series trials at Alexandra Headland in September, when three men and women will earn entry into the big time.