Moore Park surf lifesaver Matthew Davis has been recognised alongside some of the biggest names in Australian sport, named Junior Sport Star of the Year at the 2014 Queensland Sport Awards held in Brisbane last night.
The 18-year-old rising surf sports star went head-to-head with other young athletes from a variety of codes including baseball, canoeing, triathlon and basketball to take out the prestigious honour.
It has been a breakout year for Matthew, with Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) surf sports manager Stuart Hogben indicating his impressive results on the state, national and international stage have solidified his reputation as a future star of the sport.
“When you look back at his results from the past 12 months there’s not a lot that Matthew hasn’t achieved,” Mr Hogben said.
Strong performances at the Queensland and Australian Surf Life Saving Championships earlier this year saw him claim a slew of medals including gold in the state under-19 tube, belt and board rescue races and gold in the national under-19 belt and tube races.
He won a further five gold medals at the Australian Pool Rescue Championships and etched his name into the record books by setting three new national records in the process.
Matthew’s season culminated in his selection as Co-Captain of the Australian Youth Team for the 2014 World Surf Life Saving Championships in France, where he led from the front to claim five gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals across pool and ocean events.
“There’s no doubt he’s an incredibly talented athlete, but you don’t do what he’s done on talent alone. Matthew’s worked extremely hard for a number of years now to get the best out of himself and I can only see him getting better and better from here,” Mr Hogben said.
“The Queensland Sport Awards bring together the best athletes from across the state and, as a reigning national and world champion, Matthew certainly belongs in that category.”
There was cause for further celebration with Alexandra Headland official Bronwyn Champness named Queensland Sport Volunteer of the Year.
Based on Bronwyn’s dedication to the surf sports arena over the past year alone, the award remarkably does not take into consideration her many years of outstanding service to the sport. Bronwyn was one of eight nominees in this highly contested category.
Congratulations must also go to our other surf lifesaving finalists in the awards, including Shannon Eckstein and the Sunshine Beach U17 Competition Surf Life Saving Team.