Athlete of the Year and Youth Athlete of the Year nominees – SLSA Awards of Excellence
Athlete of the Year
Jake Lynch – Newport SLSC
Newport SLSC’s Jake Lynch made history when he became the first Australian to win the Sprint/Flag double at a World Life Saving event. He was also a member of the Beach Sprint Relay team that secured the silver medal. Jake has also won a gold medal in the World Interclub Challenge wearing the familiar cap of Newport. You can purchase tickets to support Jake here.
Harriet Brown, Northcliffe SLSC, QLD
Harriet has had an incredible year. She won the the 2017 Nutri-Grain IronWoman Series in February, and followed the win with a first place in the World Ironwoman, QLD Ironwoman and Ironwoman at Interstates. A performance that she achieved despite coming into the season with a broken jaw, and limited off season preparation. Harriet has also sat on the SLSA Surf Sports Athlete Advisory Committee for the Nutri-Grain Series, been involved in the SLSA youth review and a guest speaker at the SLSV female leadership network. You can purchase tickets to support Harriet here.
Sam Norton, Burnie SLSC, TAS
Throughout the 2016/17 season, Sam has proven to be an outstanding competitor for Tasmania. His achievements over the year include first place’s in the Tasmanian Kayak Championships, the Tasmanian Ocean Ski Championships, the Open Male Ski Race, Open Double Ski, Open Ski Relay and Open 6 Person Taplin at the Tasmanian Surf Life Saving Championships. Sam is a great ambassador for SLST. You can purchase tickets to support Sam here.
Samantha Howe, Point Leo SLSC, VIC
The biggest highlight for Samantha was competing as a member of the Australian Youth Lifesaving Team at the World Championships in the Netherlands. Her achievements include winning three individual World Youth Titles, as well as gold in the 50m Manikin Carry, 100m Manikin Carry with Fins and 100m Rescue Medley. Samantha also competed in four events as a member of the Open Australian Team at the World Games in Poland at the age of 18. You can purchase tickets to support Samantha here.
Jackson Symonds, Sorrento SLSC, WA
Jackson has represented SLS at a state, national and international level and delivered impressive results each time he takes to the sand. At the 2017 Aussies Championships, Jackson defended his Open Beach Sprint Title, and brought home a clean sweep in the WA State Title gold medals in Open Male Beach Flags, Sprint and Beach Relay. He was selected in the Australian team to tour Japan where the team secured three gold, three silver and two bronze medals. You can purchase tickets to support Jackson here.
Bronwynn Kemp, Grange SLSC, SA
Bronwynn has been one of the clubs most dedicated athletes for many years. She won her seventh consecutive Aussie Masters gold medal in Beach Flags and her 15th State Masters gold medal in Beach Flags. Bronwynn is keen to pass on her knowledge and experience to younger members, making her a great role model for future competitors. You can purchase tickets to support Bronwynn here.
Youth Athlete of the Year
Lucy Conquit, Ocean Grove SLSC, VIC
Lucy has had an exceptional 2016/17 season – taking a state first in the IronWoman and first in the U19 Woman’s Ski, Board and Board Rescue events. She has also had an outstanding year representing her club and Victoria at Interstate Championships. Lucy contributes positively as Senior Female Club Captain and as a role model for younger athletes. She also balances training, with her lifeguard duties. You can purchase tickets to support Lucy here.
Charlie Rigby, Sorrento SLSC, WA
The podium has been a familiar place for Charlie winning straight golds in the U19 Beach Sprints, Flags and Relay at state level. At a national level he took out first across the Beach Sprints, and a third in the Beach Flags. Charlie is devoted to sharing the experience and success he gains in high level competition onto his younger peers, dedicating his time to coach young athletes who otherwise would not benefit from his knowledge and skill. You can purchase tickets to support Charie here.
Jemma Smith Umina SLSC, NSW
Co-Captain of the Youth Team at the World Titles, Jemma’s leadership and athleticism was rewarded with three gold medal wins. She clocked an impressive 21 medals at the Central Coast Championships, 12 at the NSW Titles, and 3 at Aussies. Jemma was also finalist in the Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Series and won the Open IronWoman title at the Summer of Surf Series. You can purchase tickets to support Jemma here.
Toby Wilson – BMD Northcliffe SLSC, QLD
Toby has excelled at a state, national and international level throughout the 16/17 season. He represented Australia in the Netherlands winning the individual championships across pool and in the ocean. Toby Joined BMD Northcliffe as a nippers in 2007, and has won 34 awards and completed over 200 hours in volunteer service across the past decade. He has used his skills and expertise to coach Gold Coast and Cairns Pool Rescue Clinics, and coach and mentor younger club members. You can purchase tickets to support Toby here.
Patrick Fordham, Seacliff SLSC, SA
Patrick had a superb 16/17 season with silver and bronze medals on the sand in Beach Flags and March Past for two years running. He was also the youngest athlete to be selected for the South Australia High Performance Academy. Patrick has been instrumental in improving participation in SA, coaching , mentoring and inspiring young nippers who were previously not interested in competition. You can purchase tickets to support Patrick here.
Ned Lennox, Carlton Park SLSC, TAS
Ned has had a fantastic season, winning 15 golds at a state level across surf and sand disciplines. In recognition of his achievement Ned was awarded the Binni Wilson Award at the Tasmanian State Championship. He was also named in the Shadow Youth Australian Lifesaving team. When not competing, Ned regularly patrols and embraces leadership responsibilities at Nipper. You can purchase tickets to support Ned here.