Star of India is on the rise
LENNOX Head junior lifesaver India Brown is hoping to ride her current wave of success all the way to the state titles in March.
Last month the bubbly 13-year-old was named Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast branch junior lifesaver of the year.
"It was an honour for the branch and Lennox Head surf club," she said.
The branch covers all surf clubs between Fingal in the north and Yamba in the south.
Winning the award was something she had aspired to since she started nippers at the age of seven.
"I always looked up to past winners and I just hope the younger surf lifesavers will look up to me and hope to become future junior lifesavers of the year."
A water event specialist, India said her favourite events were the board and the iron woman.
But she is not afraid of big surf.
"Big waves assist me so much in competition; I am used to them because I train at Lennox beach."
Looking forward to a big 2013 in surf lifesaving, India said after the NSW titles at Umina's Ocean Beach she hoped to compete at the Australian titles at Kirra beach in March.
Ultimately, India said she would like to become a professional lifesaver and work on beaches around the world.
"In my 20s I want to go around the world and lifeguard, it would be really fun."
Lennox Head Alstonville Surf Lifesaving Club youth activities co-ordinator Denise Young said the club was proud of the 13-year-old, who was their second junior state representative in two years.
"We are proud of India and wish her the best of luck next year at the state titles," she said.
Last year Harrison Murphy from the club went on to win the State Junior Lifesaver of the Year award.