Solana Beach youth wins ‘Top Male Athlete’ honor at state junior lifeguards’ competition

(L-R) “Top Male Athlete” Carter Reeves with Andy Schade. Courtesy photo

A Solana Beach student recently ranked as one of the state’s top junior lifeguards.

Carter Reeves, 15, was honored as “Top Male Athlete” of the Junior Lifeguards’ competition at the 2015 California State Games on July 16 at Coronado Central Beach.

“I was really surprised,” Carter said. “I was not expecting that because there were a lot of good athletes there.”

Carter joined the Solana Beach Junior Lifeguards when he was 9 years old. Open to children ages 7 to 16, the program promotes self-esteem and physical fitness. The program’s Sofia Rodgers was also named “Top Female Athlete.”

A sophomore at Canyon Crest Academy, Carter also participated in “Nippers,” a junior lifeguard program in Australia, where his family resided from 2012 to 2014.

“I think all the training really helped,” he said.

With a love of the water, Carter is also a member of the Del Mar Water Polo Club. He hopes to one day serve as a Solana Beach lifeguard.

“I love the beach. It’s really cool, and the water is really fun to go in,” Carter said. “As soon as I am of age, I would definitely like to try out as a lifeguard for Solana Beach.”

The California State Games is a multi-sport festival of Olympic-style competition for the state’s amateur athletes of all ages and abilities.

The competition was open to any Junior Lifeguard Program associated with the California Surf Lifesaving Association. Junior Lifeguard events included distance run, distance swim, run-swim-run, run relay, swim relay, paddle relay, rescue relay and beach flags.

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