Rising Star: Sienna Bush’s Journey from Nippers to National Champion

Written by Adam Lacey.

In the world of Surf Life Saving, few stories resonate as profoundly as that of Sienna Bush, a young athlete whose dedication and prowess have catapulted her into the spotlight. Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with Sienna, delving into her journey, her challenges, and her aspirations for the future. Sponsored by Lacey Group and representing North Burleigh SLSC, Sienna’s tale is one of ambition, discipline, and unwavering support.

The Early Waves

Sienna’s journey into the surf began at the tender age of six with Nippers at Currumbin, a family tradition that quickly evolved into a passion for competition. “I really loved competing and racing,” Sienna recalls, her eyes lighting up at the memory. Her transition to North Burleigh SLSC at thirteen marked a turning point, under the guidance of Coach Mike Murray and a club renowned for its competitive spirit. Winning gold in the Cameron Relay at the Youth Aussies with her teammates was a defining moment, setting the stage for a career filled with accolades and achievements.

Balancing Act

For Sienna, success in Surf Life Saving is paralleled by her commitment to academic excellence. “My school work and grades are really important to me,” she asserts, highlighting the challenge of juggling a rigorous training schedule with her studies. A typical week involves a mix of runs, swims, craft sessions, and an Iron session, alongside her participation in the Surf League Sports Excellence Program at Palm Beach Currumbin High School. This discipline and organization are testament to her dedication, both in and out of the water.

A Golden Ticket

Sienna’s recent triumph at the ‘Shaw and Partners Shannon Eckstein Ironman Classic Double Header’ is a testament to her skill and determination. Winning the U17 Ironwoman and securing a spot in the Open Ironwoman Final, where she finished an impressive 10th, was a dream come true. “I was so excited… and had the opportunity to race some of my idols,” she shares, her achievement marking her as a formidable competitor on the national stage.

Overcoming Hurdles

Despite her successes, Sienna is no stranger to challenges. The biggest hurdle? “Fitting everything in,” she admits. With the support of her parents and a relentless spirit, Sienna has managed to excel in both Surf Life Saving and athletics, often racing from one event to another without a moment’s rest. Her double victory last year, winning both the ‘Shaw and Partners Coolangatta Gold’ Youth Event and the 2000m Steeplechase Final at the QLD State Athletic Championships on the same day, is a remarkable feat that underscores her exceptional talent and resilience.

Future Aspirations

Looking ahead, Sienna’s ambitions extend far beyond the shores of Australia. Fresh from the World Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, and set to represent Australia at the U20 World Athletic Championships in Lima, Peru, Sienna’s athletic career is on an impressive trajectory. The support from North Burleigh SLSC and Lacey Group, she notes, has been invaluable, helping to offset the costs associated with competing on the world stage. “My ultimate goals would be to continue representing my country in Athletics and Cross Country while working towards qualifying for the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Series,” she reveals, also expressing excitement about competing in the ‘Shaw and Partners Coolangatta Gold’ Open Event.

A Beacon of Inspiration

Sienna Bush’s journey from a young Nipper at Currumbin to a national champion and aspiring international athlete is a narrative of hard work, perseverance, and community support. Her story serves as an inspiration to young athletes everywhere, a reminder of the heights that can be reached with passion and dedication. As she continues to make waves both in and out of the surf, Sienna’s future is as bright as the Australian sun under which she trains, a beacon for aspiring surf life savers and athletes across the nation.



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