Snaps up this year's Eamon Sullivan Trophy

Long distance swimming sensation Kyle Lee has cemented his status as a star on the rise, with a win at this year’s Westpac Swimmer of the Year Awards capping off an impressive season in the water.

The 18-year-old was announced the recipient of the Eamon Sullivan Trophy, an honour presented to the most consistent performer at the 2019 SunSmart WA State Age Long Course Swimming Championships.

Lee was a standout at the meet held at Perth’s HBF Stadium in December, with the South West Academy of Sport athlete claiming gold in 1500, 800 and 400 metre freestyle events.

The talent’s solid performance in the pool over four days of competition between December 20 and 23 netted him 33 points, positioning him for the trophy.

Lee said he was “happy” to be named the recipient of the award, which was announced on Swimming WA’s social media platforms and website earlier this month.

“It showed that hard work pays off,” Lee said.

“And keeps me motivated during this time.”

Swimming WA program and events officer William Rollo spoke highly of Lee.

“Kyle is one of the most exciting prospects in Swimming WA,” Rollo said.

“Kyle’s continued development and resilience is a true testament to the culture of the South West.

“Kyle is a fantastic ambassador for country swimming and is a role model for those around him.

“Swimming WA is incredibly proud of his achievements throughout the 2019/20 season and is looking forward to his future in the sport.”

Lee – who took out the solo category of this year’s Busselton Jetty Swim – is making a good crack at a career in swimming, hoping to one day be selected for an Australian team.

“That’s my big goal,” Lee said.