Jackson Borg






2020/2021 SERIES




Name: Jackson Borg (Borgy)
Competitive club: Newport SLSC
Original Club: Newport SLSC
Best round of 2020/21: Round 1 - 2nd
Best series finish: 6th place in the 2020/21 Nutri-Grain Series
Aussie title(s):  2018 Swim Team - 2nd 2018 Taplin - 3rd


Jackson Borg started out as a young nipper at Newport SLSC, but didn’t find his stride until U17s where he has since gone from strength to strength.  Borg debuted in the 2019/20 Nutri-Grain Series on the back of a NSW Open Ironman Title and a strong trials performance. He finished 11th overall and gained automatic selection into the 2020/21 series. He is known for his love and commitment for training, but outside of the sport Borg is finishing a degree in Biotechnology and is an avid NBA and rugby union fan.

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

I was 5 years old when I started Nippers. My parents got me into it because living close to the beach it was important that I learnt how to look after myself when I went with my friends.

Who was your hero growing up in surf lifesaving?

Ky Hurst is someone I’ve always looked up to in surf lifesaving, just the way he always seemed to effortlessly negotiate the break zone and make swimming look so easy.

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

If you put in the hard work the results will come.

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

Make sure that you put in the work and stay consistent with your training but also make sure you’re having fun while you do. It’s a very tough sport and the surf isn’t always forgiving but it’s the people you meet and become friends with that make this sport as great as it is.

What do you think about on the start line?

I try to think about where I’m going to hit the water and what the surf is doing, but occasionally I’ll think about race tactics.

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

High: One of the highs of my Ironman career was winning the NSW State Ironman, there were a lot great competitors and my race plan was different from what I usually do.

Low: The Aussie titles in 2019, a long-time family pet had passed away the week leading into it and I didn’t do my best racing and felt like I was letting my team down in a lot of races.

Do you have any race day superstitions?

Not really, I like to make sure I’ve listened to some music beforehand though.

Do you have a secret talent?

I can do a rubix cube in under a minute.