PHIL Klein is the head coach at Cudgen Headland Surf Lifesaving Club.
He has been a voluntary coach at the club for 11 years and has helped heaps of kids achieve state medals over the years, particularly on his speciality, the board.
Cudgen recently competed at the NSW State Titles in Swansea Belmont and returned with some amazing results:
Emily Hurt was a cut above the rest in the under-9 board event, leaving competitors in her wake as she cruised to a gold medal;
Ethan Barr and Connor Smith combined in the under-11 board rescue to power home for a gold medal;
and Dan Raward battled hard for a great silver medal in the under-11 board.
Coach Klein was impressed with his team and had this to say: ...
“They all train really hard and are very fit and healthy kids.
They're training Wednesday, Friday and Saturday on the beach and have their nippers on Sunday.
Most of them come out and surf in the afternoon as well, while several do four to five sessions a week in the pool.
They are very committed kids and it's paying off with state medals.
I get a buzz out of seeing the kids develop and learn new surf skills.
I've been a surfer all my life and this is what I give back to the community.
It keeps them out of trouble and they learn discipline and respect.”