Lifesaver Patrick Hagan has flown the Point Lookout flag high at the Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships.
Hagan confirmed his standing as one of the state’s fittest and fastest lifesavers by bringing home a gold medal in the two kilometre beach run event.
More than 1600 athletes competed in the state championships held on the Gold Coast over three days.
A spokesman for Surf Life Saving Queensland said Hagan, who was the defending champion, ran strongly along the shores of North Kirra to win back-to-back gold medals and solidify his position among the sport’s elite.
Hagan will take to the national stage when he lines up at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships on the Gold Coast at the end of this month.
SLSQ chief executive officer John Brennan congratulated Hagan on his win and said it was a tremendous result for the young lifesaver.
“You don’t win back-to-back state championships by accident – it takes a lot of talent, hard work and determination, which Patrick has obviously demonstrated in spades,” he said.
“It’s a terrific result for Patrick, for his club and for the community as well.
“The Queensland championships bring together the best of the best from right across the state and getting a medal in any event, especially a gold medal, is a wonderful achievement and something to be extremely proud of,” Brennan said.
Hagan’s father John Hagan also competed in the championships and placed sixth in the 50 to 54 years two kilometre beach run.