Surf Studio: Lizzie Welborn
On the latest episode of Surf Studio, we chat to Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Lizzie Welborn from Newport SLSC on her recent win at the Coolangatta Gold at Bate Bay, as well as the recently launched 2020/21 Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series.
After joining Nippers at Bronte SLSC at nine years old, Lizzie became one of the youngest ever athletes to qualify for the professional Nutri-Grain Series at just age 16. Now 21 years old, she’s going into her sixth season of the iconic series after finishing third overall last year.
“After under 14’s I moved to North Bondi SLSC to be coached by Scotty Thompson, who is definitely the best coach in the eastern suburbs,” Lizzie said.
“I improved heaps and after my first season there, I came second in the Board and Ironwoman at Aussies that year. I went from not making a state final to getting on the podium at Aussies, it was bizarre.”
More recently, she took out the women’s title of the 2020 Coolangatta Gold at Bate Bay, held on Saturday 24 October at Wanda SLSC, as COIVD-19 restrictins and border clsoures cancelled the iconic Coolangatta Gold on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
“It’s always good to get a win in a race, no one will ever complain about winning, so I was really happy with that and it was a really well put together race, especially for the first time that they’ve done the Coolangatta Gold at Bate Bay,” Lizzie said of her win at the inaugural race.
Lizzie is also a team captain of the new Envirobank Super Teams Series initiative from SLS NSW with the second round recently held on 7 November at Bulli SLSC.
“I was stoked to be nominated as captain of the team. There’s six teams of NSW athletes and they each have a captain… We all got given the pool of athletes that would be in the teams and we got to pick who would be in our team like the NBA,” she said.
“It was amazing, and it was so much fun, and they are smaller carnivals compared to what we would usually be doing at this time of the season, but I don’t think anyone cares about that, it was just so much fun.
“I’m so excited for the Iron Series to start, particularly because it’s going to be on live TV… It’s definitely a massive step back up the ranks for our sport.
“Throughout the past month slowly little races have been back, like we’ve had the NSW Super Teams, both QLD and NSW had their virtual ‘Gold’ and now suddenly it’s like the big one is back and I think everyone’s really excited about it,” she said of the recent launch of the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series.
To hear more from Lizzie about her excitement for the 2020/21 Nutri-Grain Series and her recent win at the inaugural Coolangatta Gold at Bate Bay, make sure to tune into episode fourteen of Surf Studio on the SLSA website and SLSA Facebook page.