Isaac Smith






2019/2020 SERIES




Name: Isaac Smith (Ise)
Original Club: North Curl Curl SLSC
Competitive club: Newport SLSC
Best round of 2019/20: Did not compete.
Best series finish: 20/21 Nutri-Grain Series Debutant
Aussie title(s):  2016 - Mixed Life Saver Relay 2016 - U17 Ski Relay


Isaac Smith has had a goal of becoming a professional IronMan since being a young nipper. Smith was successful in his youth, competing in two Australian youth teams, but for the past two years has struggled with chronic sinusitis and glandular fever. After spending the year focusing on his health and making lifestyle changes, he has accomplished his goal and will swim out in the 20/21 Nutri-Grain Series. Outside of competing, Smith is a primary school teacher who loves inspiring and watching young kids grow.

Isaac, how old were you when youstarted surf lifesaving and why?

I was a late starter, joining surf lfiesaving as an 11 year old. I joined up at my local surf club, North Curl Curl SLSC, to hang out at the beach with my mates.

Who was your hero growing up in surf lifesaving?

Growing up I loved watching Pooley (Matt Poole), he was always someone I wanted to race like.

Out of surf lifesaving, although he races, Mitch Trim is someone I have always looked up to. And of course I can’t leave out my old man, he is the person I idolise the most.

What is the best piece of advice that you have ever been given?

Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Your advice for aspiring Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain athletes?

Find a routine and training that fits you. There is no one size fits all method. Try, test and change to see what works.

What do you think about on the start line?

I focus on being relaxed and on my first move.

Isaac, what has been a high and low in your IronMan journey?

I’ve had an up and down few years after moving into Opens competition. I am stoked and thankful to be racing and fit again. Representing Australia as a youth athlete was a major highlight but having to sit out on and off for the last few years has been really tough.

Do you have any race day superstitions?

I like to get up early and go through a little routine of hydration and meditation.

Do you have a secret talent?

I like to think that I always know what direction I’m facing.