Miller Takes Out Major Athlete Gong

Georgia Miller’s stellar season continued on Saturday night with the Newport athlete adding another award to her burgeoning trophy cabinet.

The 19-year-old was named Athlete of the Year at 2015 SLNSW Awards of Excellence at a glittering ceremony in Sydney coming out top in a strong field that included Terrigal’s Tim Schofield, Byron Bay’s Ela Heiniger, and Bronte’s Andrew Bowden.

In a season where she took home an incredible 42 medals across the three major championships, Georgia’s highlights package features a record 11 gold medals at the NSW State Championships including the U19 and Open Ironwoman double, being named best female competitor at the Aussies, captaining the NSW Youth team at the annual Interstate Event, and representing and captaining the Australian youth side in France at Rescue 14.

“I guess it’s hard to single out any one achievement, but obviously The Aussies where I was named the top female performer is hard to beat. It’s been an absolutely amazing season,” Miller said.

“The move to Newport was a huge move and at the start of the year I had no idea how it was going to pan out, but it’s really worked out.”

But perhaps her biggest achievement, and the one that she is justly proud of is achieving her long-held dream of qualifying for next season’s professional Ironwoman series.

“I’ve achieved so many goals this season and have loved every minute of competing, but to me achieving something very personal in qualifying for the professional Ironwoman series means the world to me.”

After taking a well-deserved break following her heroics, Miller, as is typical of her competitive spirit has thrown herself back into training.

“I’m just so excited for next season. I know we’re only doing training at the moment but it’s going to be great to get back into racing. It’s all going to start again really soon,” she grinned.

The 2015 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence are proudly presented by Stramit Building Products. Almost 350 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, educators, coaches, and administrators from around the state gathered at Sydney’s iconic Four Seasons Hotel for a night of celebration.

For a full list of all the winners and to see photographs from the night please visit the SLSNSW Awards of Excellence Event Page or our social media channels

Photograph - Georgia Miller celebrates after being crowned the 2015 Surf Sports Athlete of the Year at the Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence.

Mon 31 Aug 2015