Anonymous letter sheds new light on teen's surfing death

Matt Barclay.
Matt Barclay. Cade Mooney

THE father of a boy killed in a surf life saving event has pleaded for the author of an anonymous letter about events that day to come forward.

Steve Barclay, whose son Matt, 14, died in the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in 2012, said the letter's author had intimate knowledge about the relocation of events from Currawa to Kirra.

Matt disappeared in the surf off Kurrawa, while competing in an under-15 board event  on the Gold Coast, on March 28, 2012.

Mr Barclay, speaking outside the Coroner's Court, asked for the writer to speak to the coroner's office or to him personally. "Clearly they have knowledge that is quite important."

He said the letter named a surf life saving official who made comments about the reasons events were moved.

Evidence was presented to the court about official risk assessments on the day, some of which were labelled as absurd by the Barclay family's lawyer.

The inquest into Matthew's death was adjourned for submissions from all parties.


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