MIA Cook is no stranger to high-level board racing.
The former junior state champion will represent Victoria in her primary event at the Super Surf Teams League at North Bondi from January 14 to 16.
Victoria will send two teams to the national event. In each discipline - board, ski, swim and run - there will be two male and two female competitors. Cook could also compete in a mixed-gender relay.
"Boards are kind of my main, like my favourite event," she told The Standard.
Boards are kind of my main, like my favourite event.- Mia Cook
"There's so much more to surf lifesaving than just doing boards. We're always either at the pool, or gym stuff, running but mainly being in the ocean which is where I prefer to train.
"I've been trying to be as dedicated as possible, trying to get the best out of (myself).
"I've been training morning and night so hopefully that'll pay off soon."
Cook said she was "so stoked" to compete against some of the nation's best.
"It can obviously be a bit daunting but I'm really looking forward to it," she said.
"I'm really excited for the good race experience and I'm really keen for the good weather up north."
The soon-to-be year 10 student is also eyeing the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships on April 22.
"They were meant to be in Perth but they moved to the Gold Coast," Cook said.
"I'll be competing in the under 17s (in 2022). So hopefully I can get some good races in up there too."
Cook said with borders opening, she'd like to spend more time travelling to compete in 2022.
"The Summer of Surf series, many of their events are up north and that's where a lot of the top dogs hang out," she said.
"It'll be a really good experience and to get some race experience in general to compete against the best in it."
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