Surf Sport Youth Athlete of the Year Nominees
Daisy Graham, South Melbourne LSC – LSV
Daisy represented the South Melbourne at all local, State and National competitions this season that contributed to South Melbourne becoming the top-ranking Victorian Club in the Open competition at the 2021 Aussies. A member of the Seahorses U19 R&R team, the Victoria champions went on the take home silver at the Aussies this year. Daisy also excelled on the beach track earning two bronze medals in the U19 2km beach run, and the 2 x 1km beach relay.
Daisy is a is a humble, hardworking and dedicated athlete who supports her teammates and is an exceptional role model and ambassador for surf lifesaving. She supports younger members and encourages others to achieve and more over participate in sport.
Lily Finati, North Bondi SLSC – NSW
Lily has had a stellar season across multiple disciplines. Starting with a bang, Lily won seven gold medals at the Sydney Branch championships and won the U19 Bate Bay Gold. At NSW State Champs, Lily took home four gold, one silver and two bronze in Taplin, Iron and board rescue events. Her successes continued into the Aussies with two gold medals in board rescue and board relay and three silvers medals in the U17 Ironwoman, surf team and Taplin.
Lily is known for her composure and friendly demeanor, she is a disciplined and committed athlete who leads by example and is a great role model to younger female athletes.
Emma Woods, Alexandra Headland SLSC – QLD
Emma has excelled in iron racing across the past season. At the QLD state champs Emma took home an impressive 13 medals including five gold, six silver and two bronze. Emma continued this success at the QLD State Endurance Championships taking out first place in the U19 4km board paddle. Emma was a successful qualifier for the Nutri Grain series, coming third in her debut in round one and sixth over-all. At Aussies Emma dominated her age group in the water taking home four gold medals, three silver and two bronze medals.
Emma is a well-respected mentor at Alexandra Headland, contributing to the coaching sessions and mentoring up and coming competitors. Emma is a familiar face as a leader at the U14 ‘Straddie Camp’ and regularly lends a hand at Seahorse Nippers.
Will Savage, Trigg Island SLSC – WA
Will has continued to achieve sporting excellence through State and National competition this season. At the 2021 WA Championships he took home 19 medals, including 14 gold, across both U19 and Open age groups. His State success lead Will taking home the Bernie Kelly Medal for best performance at the State championships. Will was named the WA Ironman Series Open Champion, WA Surf League Open Champion, and was selected as a member of the Western Suns Ocean/Beach Interstate Team.
At a national level, Will claimed an impressive eighth place finish in the inaugural Nutri-Grain Next Gen Ironman Series. At the 2021 Aussies, Will qualified for seven finals in total, taking home silver in the Under 19 Board Rescue in addition to six top ten finishes across Iron, ski and board finals. Within the surf lifesaving community, Will has always aimed to be a positive role model and a good ambassador of surf lifesaving, regardless of the outcome of an event.
Maguire Reid, Port Noarlunga SLSC – SA
Maguire’s 2021 season results are indicative of his absolute dedication and desire for personal improvement. At State Titles Maguire was able to win three individual gold medals, a silver and a bronze in U16 age group. Competing in his first year against open competitors, he had several top five placings at most of the carnivals throughout the season in several different disciplines. Maguire was able to achieve the pinnacle in male surf sports when he took out the very coveted title of Open Male Iron Person. At the Australian Championships in 2021 Maguire reached two individual finals being ski and swim and achieved a top ten finish in ski.
In addition to his sporting successes Maguire has gained his IRB crew certificate and his SMAR and lifeguard certifications. By completing these SLS awards on top of his surf sports training and accolades, he is able to inspire younger members to focus on their own personal development by demonstrating what can be achieved.
Phoebe Woodhouse, Burnie SLSC – TAS
Phoebe has had strong and consistent success across all the Tasmanian State carnivals this year. Phoebe won Open Iron Person, Board Race, 2km Beach Run and Ski Race, as well as placing 3rd in the Swim at the State Titles. In the U17 she took out 1st place in the Board, Swim and Ski races and second in the Iron. Phoebe paddled ski in the Lifesaver relay in the Silver Medal Team as well as paddling board for the Bronze Medal Taplin Team. Phoebe paddled in the U17 double ski gaining first place with her partner, before going on to gain a second placing in the Open double ski. She also competed in the Open mixed ski race placing a creditable fourth place in a very strong field of competitors.
Phoebe continued her successes at an Interstate level finishing in the top ten at Summer of Surf. At Aussies Phoebe placed fourth in the U17 Ski Relay final, thirteenth in the U17 Board Relay final and 7th in the U17 Ski final.
Phoebe is known as a great role model to the younger club members and is a committed team collaborator.