U16 Sportsman of Year award to Akira Gardiner

13th September 2020


Red Beach speedster
Akira Gardiner has raced away with the SLSNR U16 Sportsman of the Year trophy.
The announcement was made during the recent live streaming of the Awards of Excellence by Surf Life Saving Northern Region.
Akira, a specialist in Beach Flags, Sprints & Relays, won four Gold medals across these events at the Northern Region Championships (NRCs) at Omaha in February.
At the NZ Championships at Gisborne’s Midway Beach in March, he won a Bronze in the U16 Men’s Beach Sprint.
The award is a fitting finale to Akira’s first season as an U16 athlete. He was a member of Red Beach’s Junior Surf division for eight years before becoming a qualified lifeguard.

Pictured above ... Akira Gardiner in the U16 Men's Beach Relay event at the NRCs in February. The team won a Gold medal.