ALEX HITOUT: Mooloolaba’s Matt Bevilacqua.
ALEX HITOUT: Mooloolaba’s Matt Bevilacqua. Brett Wortman

Poole’s racing attitude proves inspiration for Bevilacqua

MATT Bevilacqua says he is mimicking inspirational clubmate Matt Poole's attitude towards racing as a way of keeping pace with his mentor ahead of the National Surf Life Saving Titles.

Bevilacqua lauds Poole's approach to competing in as many events as possible, as evidenced in the 26-year-old's relentless summer schedule.

Poole finished third overall in the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series to qualify for the 2015-16 edition, but refused to take his foot off the pedal and take a well-earned break from the sport.

He has competed in most of the Surf Ironman Qualifying Series events as well as various Summer of Surf fixtures, setting an inspirational example that has rubbed off on his younger Mooloolaba teammate.

"I really love the way Poole has such a great attitude towards his racing and everything he does he gives 100%," Bevilacqua said.

"While some of the others have taken a bit of a break, Poole has kept going in everything and I think that is such a great trait to have as a competitor.

"He had a really good Kellogg's series and has taken that into the rest of the summer and I have taken a lot out of watching that."

Bevilacqua will compete in various team events today at the Sunshine Coast Branch Championships at Alex, but has ruled himself out of the ironman event after battling a virus all week that he picked up while visiting his girlfriend in Sydney.

But that hasn't stopped the 22-year-old from setting himself high expectations ahead of the state and national surf lifesaving titles in March and April respectively.

"I am not feeling the best but will head down to Alex and have a bit of a hitout in some team events," Bevilacqua said.

"I will get myself right for state and Aussies and am using Poole as my benchmark of where I need to be.

"If I am going to be standing on top of that podium at Aussies then I am going to have to get past Poole and Ali Day, and there is no better way to do that than do what they do."

Action at the Sunshine Coast Branch Championships will continue today at Alexandra Headland, including the ironman and ironwoman races.

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