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Molly Picklum has been a successful recipient of a Tier 1 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program and has been paired with SAHOF Member Debbie Watson OAM as her Mentor. Debbie is one of the finest women’s Water Polo players Australia has produced and one of the only female Water Polo players to have won gold at World Cup, World Championship and Olympic Games level.

Winner of the 2020 Australian Surfing Rising Star Award and named Surfing Life’s #1 Junior Female in the ‘Hottest 100 Talent’, Molly is regarded as Australia’s most exciting young surfing talent.

At just 17 years of age, Shelly Beach NSW local Molly is making waves both locally and internationally. After a successful period competing on the World Junior Series and winning the 2019 WSL Australia/Oceania Junior Championship, Molly is now on the WSL Qualifying Series and is poised to qualify for the WSL Championship Tour in the coming years.

Molly has recently completed her Year 12 studies and will now focus full time on her surfing career. Molly’s goal is to be the best in the World and to win World Titles – her ambition, down to earth personality, and humility place her in good stead to achieve her goals.

Molly speaks of her selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program:
I was so excited to hear that my SAHOF Scholarship Application was successful. Being able to receive one-on-one mentoring from a sporting great, especially someone like Debbie Watson will be so valuable for me at this stage of my career. I feel very lucky to be a Scholarship Recipient and thank the SAHOF team for supporting me on my journey.”

Mentor Debbie Watson OAM said: “I am excited to be paired with such a motivated young surfer. I am looking forward to mentoring Molly and supporting her throughout her sporting journey. I can’t wait to help her achieve her goals both in and out of the water.”

Surfing Australia Chair, Layne Beachley AO said: “We are so grateful and excited to see one of our up and coming surfers, Molly Picklum paired with one of Australia’s greatest water polo players in Debbie Watson. After a wonderful start to Molly’s 2020 season, being a successful recipient of a Tier 1 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship will really cap this year off and launch her into 2021.”


Birthplace: Gosford

Nationality: Australian

Sport: Surfing

First & Current Club: North Shelly Boardriders

Started: 2006 (age 3)

Sporting Hero: Ash Barty

Favourite Quote: Enjoy the journey and have a crack

Aspirations after sport: “To be a happy, healthy person who feels fulfilled. To give back to the sport in some way after I have finished competing.”

Rankings – as at Sep 2020

Snr International: 30

Snr National: 8

Jnr International: 10

Jnr National: 1


Awards, Honours & Achievements

  • 2020: WC Tweed Coast Pro. Championship Tour
  • 2019: Australasian Junior Series Winner
  • 2019 & 2018: Two-time Australian Junior Winner
  • 2019: Doyle Partners Women’s Pro: Newcastle – QF Finish
  • 2019: Sydney Surf Pro: Manly – QF Finish




Last updated 30/09/2020


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