Congratulations to Don Marsh (Carlton Park SLSC) who was inducted into the SLSA Masters Hall of Fame.
SLSA Australia recognized Don for his sporting achievements and contributions to Surf Life Saving.
His citation reads, "In recognition of the outstanding competition achievements and the promotion of lifelong friendship between masters competitors in surf life saving."
DON Marsh says winning isn't everything, but he sure made a good habit of it yesterday.
The Carlton Park 65-69 years competitor has been coming to the Aussies for almost 50 years and said he's probably amassed 40 in total.
Despite claiming a convincing win in the ironman and wins in the board and surf race, he maintains The Masters is about coming back and seeing friends year after year.
"It's about the mates," he said.
"It's like one big family. Winning's nice but it's just about still being able to compete at my age and even older."
Marsh took a commanding lead early in the ironman race and finished streets ahead of Fair Meadow's Jeff Banks.
Marsh heeded his own advice, which he gives to junior competitors in his role as a coach.
"I didn't look around much, I tell you," he said.
"I teach the kids not to look around.
"But it's great to see these old guys doing it well."
Today he will line up in the teams events including the swim relay, taplin relay and possibly the ski.
"I'll be coaching the kids later on in the week too," he said.
He said the key to backing up was a good night's rest and "rehydration".
...Alex Nolan - Sunshine Coast Daily - 19 April 2016