Ainslie backs up with win

WLennox Head runner Ainslie Bakker won the under-15 2km run at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.
WLennox Head runner Ainslie Bakker won the under-15 2km run at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships. Harvie Allison

AINSLIE Bakker, from the Lennox Head club, won the under-15 2km beach run at the Australian Surf Life Saving championships at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast.

The win makes it two from two for the teenager after winning last year on the same beach.

Ainslie had earlier ran second in the same events at the NSW (Kingscliff) and Queensland (Kurrawa) state titles.

Interestingly, Ainslie backed up after the Queensland titles to win the under-18 age group in the 10km Twilight Running Festival in Brisbane on the same day.

Ainslie's time was 41min 25sec and she was the fourth female overall.

"I felt fine in the Aussies race and managed to get a good start," she said.

"It was a great feeling to defend my title from last year."

Ainslie, like all competitors at the championships, was devastated that 14-year-old Matt Barclay drowned.

"It was just so sad that Matt Barclay passed away," Ainslie said.

"It was a terrible accident. We all felt heartbreak for his family and the Maroochydore club."

While the surf life saving season has finished, Ainslie will still be doing distance running and starting on the ski.

"I will be on the lake initially as I am just learning," she said of taking up ski paddling.

Ainslie has a busy build up to the Sydney City to Surf in August with the Gold Coast Fun Run at the end of April, cross country at school and her third Gold Coast Marathon 10km event in June.

"I love doing those events because the atmosphere is so great," she said.

"It's inspiring to watch the half and full marathon (on the Gold Coast)."

Topics:  lennox head surf lifesaving club, surf life saving



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