Numbers stack up for champion lifesaver

YOUTH LIFESAVING: Matthew Davis won five gold medals at the Australian Pool Rescue Championships. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
YOUTH LIFESAVING: Matthew Davis won five gold medals at the Australian Pool Rescue Championships. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

DIFFERENT measures of time are always on Matthew Davis's mind. Months, weeks, days, hours and down as low as tenths of seconds the Australian Youth Lifesaving Team's co-captain is constantly watching a clock.

In training it's those fractions of a second his coach keeps track of, or the countdown to when he travels to France for the World Lifesaving Championships Davis's head is full of numbers waiting to be added up and counted.

And the talented lifesaver has another figure to occupy his thoughts after a successful weekend at the Australian Pool Rescue Championships in Sydney - five.

From six events Davis won five gold medals, set a new national record and was one of the stand out swimmers of the meet.

In the Under-19 events Davis claimed gold in the 200m super lifesaver, 100m rescue medley, 100m manikin tow (with fins), 100m manikin carry (with fins) in an Australian record time of 49.26 and 50m manikin carry.

The new national-best time he set in the 100m manikin tow would have earned him bronze in the men's open event.

Always looking to the future Davis focussed on the way he felt at the end of competition after winning five gold medals and his upcoming event.

"It felt pretty special because I did all my recovery right because I've only got four weeks until I go to France," Davis said.

"It feels like all my training is starting to pay off."

Davis has been preparing under Paul Simms and Scott Hamlet with Craig Holden and his mother, Julie, adding their input as well. Each session is doing its part to get Davis to the top of Australian lifesaving.

Davis will have no spare time in the next four weeks as he gets ready for the world titles in France with some time off before he starts getting ready for the beach season early in 2015.

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