ST Michael’s Collegiate School scholarship holder Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stokely has been awarded the 2014 prestigious Isabel Letham Award at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles.
The accolade is awarded annually to an emerging junior female surfer displaying a high degree of sportsmanship and international surfing potential.
The 15-year-old captained the Tasmanian surfing team at the Australian Junior Surfing titles in December and came fourth in the girls under-18 event.
“I was so honoured to stand on the podium at the launch of the 2014 titles representing both my school and state,” Lizzie said.
“But by the end of the titles I was the happiest chick alive after being named the 2014 most promising female surfer.”
St Michael’s Collegiate School principal Robyn Kronenberg said Lizzie was an outstanding student.
“I still remember interviewing Lizzie in 2010 for the Hazell Ralph Scholarship and she was the ideal candidate for it,” she said.
“We award the Hazell Ralph Scholarship to students who display leadership, strong sense of family and community, loyalty, purpose and application.”
Surfing Tasmania’s Georgie Goward said it was Lizzie’s well-rounded talents that helped her stand out from the crowd in the Australian surfing industry.
“Most other surfers Lizzie’s age dedicate their entire life to surfing and put schooling as a last priority,” she said.
“Lizzie is a very unique individual who excels in everything she puts her mind to.”
Since commencing at Collegiate in 2011, Lizzie has consistently achieved academically, receiving ongoing awards for academic excellence as well as conscientious effort.
She has also been awarded the school’s athletic award for Best Performance at the Southern Athletics for 2013 and 2014, along with the Angel’s Prize for Application and School Spirit.
Coached by her father Paul, Lizzie aspires to one day become a professional surfer and travel the world representing Australia.
She also recently secured female surfing brand Roxy as her sponsor to enable her to start pursuing her professional surfing goals.
Lizzie said competing in the Australian titles again in 2014 had been another vehicle to help her to pursue her surfing dream.
“Besides wanting to be a professional surfer, I hope to inspire other Tasmanian girls to follow their dreams and goals in life,” she said.