Eye on the Olympics

Billy Harrison in action. 157707 Picture: Surfing Australia/Nikon

Barwon Heads surfer Billy Harrison is one potential future surfing Olympic medallist having been in the Team Australia camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre(HPC) for the past two days in preparation for the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championships starting on September 17 in Santa Barbara, Sao Miguel (Azores Islands) Portugal.
Harrison is competing in the Under 16 boys’ section.
Now more than ever, after the announcement this week that surfing will be an official Olympic sport at the Tokyo 2020 games, this group represents a big part of the future of our sport on the world stage.
The group features some of the best junior talent in the country.
The group will be hoping to bring home gold in four divisions – Under 18 Boys, Under 18 Girls, Under 16 Boys and Under 16 Girls.
The coveted team’s gold medal will be awarded to the nation with the most points accumulated from individual performances.
Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark wished the group the best of luck at the games, which could be a potential stepping stone to Olympic glory.
“Surfing Australia congratulates all Australian Junior Team members on their selection to represent Australia at the upcoming ISA World Junior Championships in Portugal and we wish the team the very best of luck for outstanding results at the event,” he said.