WORLD BEATER: Davis is a champion
SURF LIFE SAVING: Sometimes in life you need to lead from the front and take a risk.
For Moore Park Surf Life Saving's Matthew Davis the decision to do that at the recent German Cup led to a world record.
The Australian team member broke the record for the 100m rescue medley in a time of 58.82 seconds.
Davis became the first person to break 59 seconds, breaking the record set by Danny Wieck, who Davis raced against in Germany.
The now Currumbin-based athlete said battling Wieck helped him achieve the feat.
"I just thought I'd scare him and go faster than I've ever been in the first 50m,” he said.
"I then got a body-length lead and went to power home.”
In the event, competitors swim the first 50m in freestyle in a pool before diving to the bottom of the pool to rescue a mannikin and take the body back to the surface.
Athletes then run with the mannikin out of water to the finish line.
Davis said he knew once he got out of the pool the time was his.
"I was feeling pretty good but didn't expect the time,” he said.
"I've been doing a fair bit of work so it was nice to start seeing some results.”
Davis was the individual athlete of the Cup with nine medals including five gold.
He was quick to reflect more on the team's achievements, rather than his own.
"We smashed it overall and became the first Australian team in history to win it,” he said.
"It was special to be part of it.”
Davis said he tried to visit Bundaberg and Moore Park whenever he could, when he was not busy with Australian duty.
"My family still live there,” he said.
"I try to help out the local club as much as I can as they gave me the opportunity to succeed.
"I want to thank Craig Holden, the Queensland Country team and Fairymead's Paul Simms and Scott Hamlet for their help.”
There was no rest for Davis and the Australian team who competed at the Orange Cup in Netherlands this weekend.