Watch out for Avoca paddler Ella Beere in the coming seasons.
The 16 year old paddled beyond her years at the NSW Sprint Championships winning three medals last weekend.
A remarkable achievement when you consider she only began ski paddling a year and a half ago, and only stepped foot into a kayak for the first time in July last year.
“It is great fun and it is great for my ski paddling too. It gets your fitness up and your technique right,” Beere said.
She improved gradually over the course of the weekend. Firstly coming third in the K1 1000, then second in the K1 500 before winning the junior K1 200 final on Sunday.
Beere won in 44.77, 0.14 seconds ahead of Rachel Duncan, with Francesca Kidd 0.66 seconds further back.
In Duncan and Kidd she beat two of last year’s junior national squad members.
“It boosted my confidence a lot. I was shocked as I thought I would be lucky to make the final so I was surprised,” Beere said.
“It puts everything into perspective in terms of where I am at now.”
The Avoca kayaker is looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow surf to kayak convert Naomi Flood.
Aiding Beere in her development have been fellow Avoca kayakers Lachlan Tame and Rob McIntyre.
“I train with Lachie and Rob and they give me tips all of the time, and it is really good to have them to look up to,” she said.
McIntyre was impressed with how Beere performed.
“Ella especially paddled exceptionally well on the weekend, beating a few girls who were on the junior team last year,” McIntyre said.
He believes that she still has a lot of skills to catch onto especially her starts.
“She is usually back on the start and reels them in with her strength. But we are really excited about the prospect of her making the team.”
Beere is excited about what a future in canoe sprint might bring.
“My dream is to go to the Olympics but you have to do everything one step at a time,” she said.
“For kayaking my goals are obviously to make the junior team and have fun in the sport.”
With an attitude like that I think we will seeing a lot more from this talented Avoca teenager in the future.