Young lifesavers among best
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”.