Young club welcomes latest golden boy
By TONY WHITE
FLEDGLING Minni Water Surf Life Saving Club can now boast an Australian champion in its ranks ? board paddler Geoff Brodin.
The 48-year-old made an auspicious comeback to competition winning the Masters Board event at the Australian Masters Titles on the Gold Coast.
Brodin moved to Minnie Water three years ago after spending 20-odd years in the Byron Bay-Lennox Head area.
While he has won gold medals at previous national championships with Byron Bay SLSC in team events, his Masters Board win was his first individually.
"I'd won a few State and country titles and other team medals at the Australian, but this was my first individual gold," Brodin said.
"I was really happy to win, for me and the club.
"When I got back into competition, I'm the sort of person if I'm going to do it I try and go all the way. I've been lucky to achieve a lot of things in sport but this is the one I really wanted."
More than 50 competitors took part in the Masters Board event.
Earlier this year Brodin finished 3rd in the NSW Masters and won the Masters at the Country Championships in Board.
Brodin, who also has a strong surfing background and still loves hitting the waves on his surfboard, only returned to competition this year.
"I believe my paddling complements my surfing," Brodin said.
"I decided to help out with the Minni Water club and run the Nippers on the weekend.
"We're only an infant club, going for about 10 years and we've got a lot of guys from rural areas.
"The Nippers are about 100-strong ? kids from all around the Clarence Valley.
"I just try and give them a hand and teach them a bit of water savvy.
"I get a real buzz out of the coaching. I do it for the kids and my personal fitness. I surf and paddle a lot. I just love being in the water."