CONFIDENCE: Michael Poli at a Nippers event at Tannum Sands Beach earlier this year.
CONFIDENCE: Michael Poli at a Nippers event at Tannum Sands Beach earlier this year. Paul Braven GLA060316NIPPERS

Michael making most of talent

MICHAEL POLI'S leadership qualities have come to the fore along the shores of the tranquil Tannum Sands beach.

As a result, the 15-year-old became vice patrol captain for patrol team seven and First Aid Officer at the Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club.

He has also won a silver medal in the Champion Life saver at last week's North Australian Championships in Mackay.

He was also able to compete on a surf ski where he received a bronze medal in the under-17s ski and tenth place in the Open Men's Ski final.

On top of that, Michael is also this week's Yaralla Sports Club Junior Sports Person of the Year nomination.

"I wouldn't know who nominated me, maybe mum or dad,” a shocked Michael said when interviewed by the Observer.

A representative at local, Wide Bay Capricorn Branch, state and national levels in surf life saving, Michael has accomplished lots in his chosen sport and tells how it all came about.

"It started eight or nine years ago in under-sevens and have made good friends and have stayed with it ever since,” Michael said.

In the 2015-16 season, Michael won a bronze medal in board relay and beach flag as well as a silver medal in the Overall Champion life saver event at the Northern Australian Championships.

"You get heaps of stuff out of it like catching waves and learning basic life saving skills,” Michael said.

"Under-14s was a highlight and had the most success from across the board.”

Michael won the TSSLSC under-15 Male Sports Champion of the Year and when he does not compete, he is an active volunteer patrol member where he has accumulated the highest volunteer patrol hours for a cadet member between under-17 to under-17 age-group. That is also the third highest for all members involved in patrols.

"There have been a lot of people along the years who have helped me out,” Michael said.

"My parents and family and also my team-mates have supported me as well.”


Age: 15

School: Year 11 at Chanel College

Bronze medal in 2015-16 NAC

Bronze medal in 2015-16 State Championships

TSSLSC U15 Male Sports Champion of the Year