SURF LIFESAVING: Lachlan Alleyne might not be able to grow a beard just yet, but he sure does compete as if he's got one.
The 15-year-old Bribie Island Surf Life Saving Club product said it was great experience to have competed against full-grown men in the under-17 beach flags event at The Aussies last weekend.
But he was bitterly disappointed to finish fourth after winning a gold medal at the national championships last year in the under-15s.
"I was the favourite to win and I was out in front until the last turn when I stumbled and everyone got past me,” he said.
"I was super disappointed because the person who won, I'd beaten all year.
"It was definitely a good experience though ... there were guys with full beards; I haven't even shaved yet; I've got nothing.”
Alleyne said despite the obvious step up in physicality, that wasn't the reason he lost.
"I get into a zone in competition and I switch everyone else off - I don't even listen to my coach or dad,” he said.
"You should see the videos of me, I get full-on stone face.
"I don't think about them (rivals). They look to their coaches to see which side to go for, but I just choose a side and go for it and if anyone wants to come against me then good luck to them.
"I've always aspired to get to the top and after getting gold last year, then getting fourth, it's not what you really want.”
Alleyne finished seventh in his weaker event, the beach sprint, and the beach relay team finished fourth in both the under-17s and under-19s.
A gallant effort by the team, but Alleyne was disappointed with the result after they had managed to take out gold in both age categories at the state level.
"The relay we went terrible. We won all year and we were smashing teams by five metres and for some reason we only managed fourth,” he said.
"Next year we'll be the eldest in the age group though and we'll smash the younger guys.”
Alleyne said he'd like to make a special thanks to his dad who's helped coach him since he joined in under-10s.
"My dad is pretty much my coach. I go to the other coaches and fine tune it, but he's always on YouTube and Googling things,” he said.
"He puts in the hours in at the beach with me and I don't think he realises how much I appreciate him.”
In other results, Alleyne's training partner and best mate, Ethan Witt, bundled out in the semi-finals of the beach flags.
Kate Watson finished fifth in the 2km beach run, while her sister, Sophie, finished further back in the middle of the pack.
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