Club: Penrith Valley Canoeing
Coach: Myriam Fox
School: St Ignatius College Riverview, Lane Cove
At what age did you start paddling and how did you become involved in the sport? I began paddling when I was eight following in the footsteps of my big brother.
What has inspired you to train and compete at an international level? The supportive environment which is involved in such important events.
What is your preference – canoe or kayak, and why? Kayak
What has been your biggest accomplishment(s) in the sport? 21st in Junior Worlds at Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia 2013 and 1st Australian Open MK1 Junior 2013 & 2014
What is your favourite course? Bratislava
What is the best advice you have been given and why? “Have fun”. This quote always comes to mind when things begin to seem too serious than they need be.
Tell us about your current schedule. Describe your average day? My weekly schedule can get quite full on, consisting of working as a kitchen hand some nights, school five days of the week and training five times a week. An average day will generally consist of waking up at 6:45 am and preparing for school to arrive by 8:30am, after school I would head to Penrith from Lane Cove for a 4:30 pm session. Arriving home at 7-7:30pm I would complete school work from the day until around 9:00pm. Usually in bed by 10:30pm.
What do you do for fun and relaxation? I like to catch up on sleep for relaxation and catching up with friends is always a great source of fun.
What is your favourite thing about the sport? Definitely traveling to the various countries to paddle the most scenic rivers in the world.
What is your goal for 2014? To improve on my position (21st) from last year’s Junior World Championships, here in Penrith I hope to move up at least five spots.
10th K1 – ICF Junior World Championships (Penrith, NSW)
10th C2 – Australian Open (Penrith, NSW)
14th K1 – Australian Open (Penrith, NSW)
15th K1 – National Championships (Penrith, NSW)
20th K1 – Oceania Championships (Penrith, NSW)
21st K1 – ICF Junior World Championships (Liptovsky Mikulas, SVK)