Young life­savers among best

Stirling Times - - Sport -

YOUNG Trigg and Scar­bor­ough surf life­savers have been recog­nised as the best in WA.

Trigg Is­land Surf Life Sav­ing Club’s Jake Smith was named Surf Life Sav­ing WA’s (SLSWA) youth ath­lete of the year at the an­nual Awards of Ex­cel­lence on Satur­day.

The youth life­saver of the year award was pre­sented to Scar­boro Surf Life Sav­ing Club’s An­gus McMil­lan.

Trigg picked up an­other award on the night, with its open male ta­plin re­lay team of Reece Baker, Dan Hum­ble, Jake Smith, Cal­lan Smith, Blake All­sopp and Devon Caren win­ning surf sports team of the year.

McMil­lan and Smith will rep­re­sent WA at the na­tional awards in Oc­to­ber.

Smith was ear­lier se­lected to take on the best in the world at the Life Sav­ing World Cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide in De­cem­ber.

He and Sor­rento surf club’s Jack­son Sy­monds were the only two West Aus­tralians cho­sen in the 12-per­son Aus­tralian team.

Smith will be mak­ing his world cham­pi­onships de­but as he com­petes in the pool res­cue cat­e­gory, while four­time cham­pi­onships gold medal­list Sy­monds will hit the sand for the beach sprints.

Coach Kurt Wil­son said he looked for­ward to work­ing with the team in the lead-up to the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter “a very tough selec­tion process”.

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