Young gun on cloud nine

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Jazmin Shipway-Carr at the recent WA Surf Lifesaving Titles.
Camera IconJazmin Shipway-Carr at the recent WA Surf Lifesaving Titles. Credit: Andrew Mayberry Photography, Andrew Mayberry

She might have moved to Perth to study occupational therapy at Curtin University, but that has not stopped this young gun from continuing her success on the beach.

Jazmin Shipway-Carr represented Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club across 13 events in the SunSmart WA Senior Surf Life Saving Championships on March 9 and 10.

She won medals in nine events — five golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

“My best results were probably gold in the under-19 single ski, silver in the under-19 board and bronze in the open ski,” she said.

“I was put in the open-age bracket for a few events, so I found myself up against national champions and former Olympians, so it was a massive field of competition.

“It was pretty intimidating at first because I did not know what to expect in the open-age bracket, but you just never know what’s going to happen.”

The nine-medal haul comes off the back of Shipway-Carr being named the Shire of Broome’s Young Citizen of the Year in January, and Broome Sports Association’s Rising Star of the Year in November. She said continuing her success showed her actions spoke louder than words.

“Being able to showcase my hard work over that weekend and the achievements I made and then being recognised for that is such a rewarding feeling,” she said.

“It feels good to be able to prove that I can work hard and achieve what I want to achieve.”

Shipway-Carr, who is still a member of the Broome Surf Lifesaving Club despite having moved to Perth, said she had always been down at the beach while growing up as her family had been involved in surf lifesaving for as long as she could remember.

“I remember being down at the beach every weekend doing surf club activities, but it was only until about four years ago that I started competing,” she said.

“That was when my interest in competitive surf lifesaving kicked off and training really amped up.”

After the State titles, Shipway-Carr will be focusing on her university studies this year.

She said she hoped to train as much as she could in Perth to be in peak shape for State and national competitions next year.

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