Collins Crowns Summer To Remember

Whether he’s swimming in the surf off his local beach, Umina, the Gold Coast or Japan it’s been an exceptionally busy summer for Redhead’s Daniel Collins who now has one more title to add to his burgeoning trophy cabinet; 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Athlete of the Year.

Since July 2015 the 19-year-old has represented the Hunter Branch, captained the Youth Interstate team at Torquay, had the rare distinction of being capped in two Australian Sanyo Bussan Cup Teams to compete in Japan, and has recently been selected in the NSW Pool Rescue team.

His summer to remember really began in the Summer of Surf Series where he blitzed the field to be claimed the Male Swim champion after accruing 156 out of a possible 160 points.

“I really enjoyed the Summer of Surf series. I think it’s great to be able to race the best athletes and really test yourself and see improvements as you’re racing,” said Daniel Collins

“Competing against the older athletes is definitely tough. They’re the big names of the sport and in the Open Surf Race at The Aussies was a big one as I was trying to hold my own as a youngster in the field.”

While athletes sometime lose form throughout the course of a season, Daniel only got stronger as the year progressed. At the NSW Championships at Ocean Beach - Umina he came home with 10 medals including gold in the U19 Ironman, Taplin and Board Relay races.

At The Aussies he won a gold medal in the U19 Board Rescue as well as finishing first past the post in the U20s 2km Swim. He finished with 7 medals to add to his growing collection. At the 2015 Sanyo Cup he helped Australia to victory with wins in his four events.

Apart from his obvious skills in the pool, Daniel is a proud supporter of his club fundraising, patrolling, and taking on a leadership role within the Hunter Branch team. He is also quietly ambitious and is intent on making his mark as he moves further into Open Competitions.

“I’d love to challenge in the Opens and get the SIQS happening and hopefully get into the Nutri Grain Series in the future.”

Through all his success he remains humble about his achievements and is likely to be standing on the podium at events for many seasons to come.

The 2016 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence are proudly presented by Stramit Building Products. Over 350 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, educators, coaches, and administrators from around NSW gathered at Sydney’s iconic Four Seasons Hotel for a night of celebration.

Photograph - Daniel Collins with his award shortly after being named Athlete of the Year at the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence.

Mon 15 Aug 2016