Jay Furniss






2020/2021 SERIES




Name: Jay Furniss
Competitive club: Cronulla SLSC
Original Club: Wanda SLSC
Best round of 2020/21: Round 3 - 11th
Best series finish: 8th Place in the 2018/19 Nutri-Grain Series
Aussie title(s):  2017 - Open Board Relay 2019 - Open Board Race


Originally from the Sutherland Shire in Sydney’s south, Jay Furniss started in Surf Life Saving as a U6 Nipper at his home club of Wanda SLSC. Now a full-time primary school teacher and competitive athlete, Furniss also gives back to his club Cronulla SLSC as the head Nipper coach. Growing up as part of the Shire surf lifesaving scene, Furniss says that his hero was Cronulla local and Ironman champion Nathan Smith, who he says still influences him to this day. Away from the beach Furniss enjoys playing golf and vegging out on the couch watching movies and sport.

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

I started off surf lifesaving as a nipper in the U/6s at Wanda. My parents took me down as a summer sport and I instantly loved the ocean. My competitive side came out and I tried to keep pushing the limits and being the best.

Who was your hero growing up in surf lifesaving?

Nathan Smith was my surf lifesaving hero growing up. I remember watching Ironman racing for the first time and saw him win the Open Ironman. When I found out he was from Cronulla I thought he was the greatest thing since sliced bread!

When I got to know him I looked up to him in the way he carried himself as a person.

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

Take it as it goes and don’t overthink it.

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

Keep pushing and striving. Stuff takes time and you will go through many ups and downs to get there but be persistent and good things will come.

What do you think about on the start line?

How much this is going to hurt and what I need to do to race well.

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

High: Coming 3rd last season at North Cronulla. To do that at a beach I have grown up at and with family and friends there was pretty special. We put in hours of hard work week in and week out with no one around so it was good to showcase that to them.

Low: Last year after the Coolangatta Gold. I felt good during the ‘Gold but it took a toll on my body… I thought I was going alright in training but had three terrible rounds and that was a real struggle mentally and physically.

Who is your biggest competition in the 2020/21 Nutri-Grain Series?

TJ Hendy – we are from the same age group and we have been racing each other for a long time.

Do you have any race day superstitions?

Not really, I like to listen to my body and do what I feel. I tend not to overthink anything and live in the moment and let the race day happen and go with the flow.