Ironman dream getting closer

FOLLOWING a dominant year on the state scene, Simon Murfet is not short on confidence when it comes to his ambitions in surf lifesaving.
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The 17-year-old from Devonport took all before him over the 2013/2014 summer months, with his efforts earning him the April nomination in The Advocate IGA Junior Sports awards.

But it’s at the pinnacle of the sport where the Don College student wants to showcase his skills.

“I’m hoping to move up to the Gold Coast soon and try and make the Nutri-Grain Ironman Series,” he said.

“I’m thinking of having a gap year (after college) then doing university up there, maybe in two years’ time.”

Murfet is certainly on the right track in realising his dream, dominating the five-carnival Tasmanian series, and Tasmanian championships.

During the 2013-2014 series he won 15 individual events in the open and under-19 age group categories, as well as being a part of 21 team wins.

He then took out the Binni Wilson Shield for the best male competitor of the Tasmanian senior state titles, thanks to a haul of 20 medals from the 21 finals he competed in, including 12 gold medals.

Murfet credited his results to a lot of hard work in the off-season with coach Luke O’Garey, and a trip to a famous race in Queensland.

“I did the Coolangatta Gold for the first time, started early and had a good solid year with my coach,” he said.

“It was my first time in the under-19s so I was just going up for a look last year and came 23rd, but this year I’ll give it a red hot go.”

DRIVEN: Devonport Surf Lifesaving club member Simon Murfet. Picture: Katrina Docking.

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