Lizzie Welborn






2023/2024 SERIES




Name: Lizzie Welborn
Competitive club: Newport SLSC
Original Club: Bronte SLSC
Best round of 2023/24: Round 2, 4th
Best series finish: 2022/23 Iron Series, 2nd
Aussie Title Results: 2018 - U19 Ironwoman, U19 Board Race, U19 Board Relay


Lizzie Welborn is a 24 year old professional Iron athlete from Sydney, and is one of the youngest women to ever line up for the Iron Series. At only 16 years old, Welborn had a breakout year in surf sports competition, both making her first Iron Series and finishing second in the Open Australian Ironwoman. A proud New South Welshwoman, Welborn openly bleeds blue and is determined to inspire the next generation of NSW-based athletes.

Lizzie, how old were you when you started surf lifesaving and why?

9 years old – Mum and Dad made me do it because my school friends were doing it.  I was scared of the waves.

Who was your hero in surf lifesaving when you were growing up?

I loved Liz Plumbers because she was so dominant, the same as Ky Hurst. They also both had yellow craft and that is partly why I do as well.

What is the best piece of advice that you have ever been given?

There is so many, I’m so lucky to have so many great mentors.

Your advice for aspiring Shaw and Partners Iron Series athletes?

Just give it a go. The young guns are becoming more and more dangerous, you can do it if you believe it.

What is your favourite beach to compete at?


Lizzie, what has been a high and low in your surf sports journey?

High: Was battling it out against Lana and Georgia in the 2020/21 Iron Series, that was so intense.

Low: Was last a few years ago, when I went from one of my best series to my worst.

What do you think about on the start line?

I focus on my breathing.

What do you think about during a race?

It’s a secret…