• Ella Yelich-O'Connor (Lorde) visited AIMES Music award sponsor Albany Toyota shortly after receiving her award in 2013.

    Ella Yelich-O'Connor (Lorde) visited AIMES Music award sponsor Albany Toyota shortly after receiving her award in 2013.

  • Lydia Ko receving her AIMES Supreme Award in 2012.

    Lydia Ko receving her AIMES Supreme Award in 2012.

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Lorde and Lydia - On Top of the World
Two titans of talent have taken on the world since their AIMES successes

Currently one of the biggest stars in music worldwide, Lorde, received the Supreme North Harbour Club AIMES Award in 2013 and top women’s golfer Lydia Ko has stormed to international fame since collecting her North Harbour Club AIMES honour in 2012.

Lorde, aka Ella Yelich-O’Connor, now spends time hanging out in Hollywood with fellow popstar friend Taylor Swift and, at the time of going to print, had red carpet image from the Golden Globes splashed all over the world. She was nominated for an award for her hit song of 2014 ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack, which she also curated. She is still only 18.  

In the year of her AIMES Award win, Lorde released her debut album, Pure Heroine, after her initial hit single Royals had flooded the airwaves across the world in 2012.  It rode high in the album charts of several countries, including the UK, Canada and the USA and had sold 1.5 million copies by the end of 2013.  The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.  Four more hit singles followed.

By her eighteenth birthday in November 2014, it was estimated that Lorde was worth NZ$11 million.

Whilst former Takapuna Grammar student Lorde has been taking over the worldwide music scene, fellow North Shore teen Lydia Ko has been rocking the golfing world. The Westlake Girl was just 16 when she turned professional in 2013, the year following her AIMES Supreme Award win. The sport’s governing body even had to implement a rule change to allow her to enter the professional echelons of the sport at her tender age, after her sheer dominance of the amateur scene - she was the world’s top women’s amateur golfer for 130 weeks prior to turning pro.

North Harbour resident Lydia was the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event - whilst she was still a 14-year-old amateur - and became the youngest person ever to win an LPGA Tour event when she won the Canadian Women’s Open as a 15-year-old in 2012.

In 2013, both Lydia and Lorde were named in the top three (Lorde 1st, Lydia 3rd) of the TIME 100 list of most influential teens in the world, leaving the likes of Justin Bieber and President Obama’s daughter Malia in their Shore shadows.

Since then, Lydia, who started playing golf as a five-year-old at Pupuke Golf Club, has begun to challenge for supremacy in the world of women’s professional golf.  By September 2013 she had risen to fifth in the Women's World Golf Rankings, having only taken part in 23 professional tournaments. That year Lydia was named New Zealand Sportsperson of the Year and received the Halberg Supreme Award.

In April 2014, this supremely talented sportswomen was named as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People, of any age. During the same month, she advanced to the Number Two professional female golfer in the world when she won the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in California.

The former Pinehurst School pupil rounded off 2014 with a win in November in the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida, taking her professional prize-winnings to over $2.1million US dollars.   

We watch with great interest as to what 2015 holds for these two amazing AIMES alumni...

By Aidan Bennett
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Channel Magazine: Issuu 51 February 2015