Welborn Crowned Australia’s Top Youth Athlete

Talented North Bondi competitor Lizzie Welborn’s stellar year continued when she was crowned the Surf Life Saving Australia Youth Surf Sport Athlete of the Year at a ceremony in Sydney on Saturday.

The national award follows on from her win at the SLSNSW Awards of Excellence in August and comes at an exciting, but busy period for the youngster who has also represented Australia for the first time and earned a coveted spot on professional Ironwoman circuit in recent months.

In a season of many highlights, it was the inaugural Summer of Surf Series in 2014 that announced the highly skilled board rider as one to watch. She did enough to finish fifth on the overall point score with her most memorable result coming in the final at Newport where she finished second in the open board.

However it was in her own U17s age group where she achieved stellar success at a Branch, State and National Level in season 14/15. She picked up multiple medals at both State and Aussies, including gold in the board race at both events, and an impressive Aussie gold in the U17 Ironwoman.

Welborn added to her Aussie tally with titles in the board rescue and board relay as well, and capped off her adventure with a silver medal in the Opens board race, and a fifth place in the Ironwoman in what was a crack field.

She’s started the new season in strong form earning selection in the Australian Youth Team that contested and won the International Surf Rescue Challenge in Queensland in September while also achieving her dream of qualifying for the professional Ironwoman series.

Unlike most of her athletic peers Lizzie Welborn is not one to set goals, preferring instead to concentrate on the next session, and the next race, rather than strive for specific results.

“To be honest I haven’t really thought about any goals I want to achieve this season. Like many people I always wanted to qualify for the Nutri-Grain Series so to achieve that is very special,”

“My aim is to do some solid training and just compete to the best of my ability and see how I go. Outside that I want to continue to compete against the open athletes in as many events as possible and continue to push myself,” she said.

Photo - Lizzie Welborn in action during the Nutri-Grian Ironwoman Series Trials in September 2015. Credit Harv Pix Photography

Below - Welborn is all smiles after being named the top young athlete at the 2015 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence last August.

Mon 26 Oct 2015