Matt Poole






2020/2021 SERIES




Name: Matt Poole (Pooley)
Competitive club: BMD Northcliffe SLSC
Original Club: Queenscliff SLSC
Best round of 2020/21: Round 6 - 2nd
Best series finish: 2016/2017 1st Place
Aussie title(s):  2016 Board Rescue - 1st, 2016 Surf Teams - 2nd, 2015 Open Ironman - 2nd


At 32 years of age, Matt Poole is the oldest competitor to take to the surf in the 2021/22 Nutri-Grain Series. After 15 years at the top, Pooley has announced that the 2021/22 Nutri-Grain series will be his last. He currently has seven race wins next to his name, five overall Nutri-Grain Series podiums and was the 2016/2017 IronMan Champion, but he will be looking to notch more unstoppable performances before he hangs up the togs after the 2021/22 season.

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

5 years old at Dee Why SLSC. I loved being in the ocean.

Who was your hero growing up in surf lifesaving?

Nathan Smith. He’s a freak of an athlete and a great human!

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

Everything happens for a reason.

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

Enjoy what you do.

What do you think about on the start line?

The waves out the back, watching what is happening in the ocean.

What do you think about during a race?

Course management and the competitors around me.

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

High: Winning the Ironman series in 2016/2017.

Low: Leading the IronMan series last year half way through competition and having to get surgery two days before Round 4.

Do you have any race day superstitions?

I have a special music playlist that I play.