EIGHT-year-old Nambucca lad Daniel Williams is whistle fast in and out of the water - and 2016 is proving a breakout year for the youngster.
The local Nipper who attends Nambucca Heads Public School led from go to whoa in the Australia Day fun run at Gordon Park last month, and backed up that sensational form at the NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships at South West Rocks on the weekend.
Daniel picked up two gold and two silver medals at the championship, to emerge as one of the standout performers of the event.
He was awarded an individual gold and silver for the under 9 board and swim respectively, and a team gold and silver in the under 9 board relay and swim teams.
And if that wasn’t enough - last week Daniel was named the Red School’s junior swimming champion - along the way setting a new record in the junior medley.
Daniel had been training hard over summer to reach peak fitness for the Country Surf carnival, hitting the ocean daily and attending squad training at Macksville swimming pool.
The Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships are one of the biggest events on the surf calendar and open to all country clubs across the State.
Daniel is also a keen runner, and on Australia Day, he won the fun run from Gordon Park to the V-Wall and back, and was the first male home in the longer distance Capatin Cook Challenge which was run straight after.
The next events on his radar are the Trial Bay Junior and Coffs Triathlons.
Daniel said he loves the thrill of the surf events and aims to continue training and competing through all the junior age groups.
He encourages all school kids to join their local surf club and learn lifesaving skills that stay with them for life.