Lollback takes up challenge
By MAX GODBEE
YAMBA'S national champion lifesaver Jacob Lollback is one of 10 chosen in the Australian Surf Lifesaving development team for a surf challenge against Japan in mid-July.
While it is called a development team, the squad is loaded with talent.
All 10 surf and beach competitors were among the best performed at this year's Australian championships at Kurrawa.
Lollback, 17, a Year 12 student at Grafton High School, is coached by Yamba and Far North Coast branch life member Jim Dougherty.
As well as contesting open team events Lollback will have surfboard and swimming and probably ironman events as his mission.
He said yesterday he was extremely excited and was looking forward to the five-day visit to Japan.
He will fly to Sydney on Friday, July 14, to join other members of the team on the flight to Tokyo.
The team will return to Australia the following Wednesday, July 19.
The one-day competition will be at Onjuku Beach.
"I know nothing of the surf condition at Onjuku but that won't be a real worry," Lollback said yesterday.
"It is also out of our surfing season but I have kept myself fit and am looking forward to the competition."
This will be the second overseas competition for Lollback who was one of the star performers in the NSW Country team that toured New Zealand earlier this year.
At this year's Australian titles Lollback won the Under-17 surfboard event and was third in the open surfboard section, as well as runner-up in the Under-17 ironman event.
The Australian squad for Japan contains such members as national and former world ironman champion Shannon Eckstein, now of the Northcliffe club, last season's runner-up in ironman Corey Jones of Metropolitan Caloundra, all-round competitors in Kristy Munro (Alexandra Headland), Megan Nay (Kurrawa), Brittany Sharkey (Bulli), Elizabeth Plumieres (Northcliffe) Under-19 swimmers Beau Cummins (Tugun) Shaun Minogue (Thirroul) and beach event champions Simon Harris (Northcliffe) and Melissa Howard (Mollymook), along with coaches Paul Broadbent (Terrigal) and Denise Duncan (Perth), making a team of 12.