Andrew Williams is very new to the sport of kayaking.
In fact, he's very new to sport in general. The 26-year-old Parramatta paddler was born with spina bifida and, by his own admission, always lacked the drive and confidence to try his hand at sport.
But on the weekend he found himself competing at the Australian Canoe and Kayak Flatwater Championships in Perth.
"I was quite overweight in my childhood and into my adult years," Williams said.
"This sport is my first opportunity to get fit and kind of see how far I can push it."
A friend in Sydney suggested he give kayaking a try; he did, and took to it like a duck to water.
"It was a steep learning curve. It still is. I'm still learning the way competitive sport works, and the mindset of the competitors," he said.
"That's been the biggest thing I've taken out of this competition so far, what it takes mentally."
Williams says his confidence has grown enormously since he started kayaking, especially once he started to improve his fitness. And he now has the added incentive of possibly representing Australia at a World Championships and even the Paralympics in Rio in 2016.
"It's something that would be very,very exciting. Especially from where I've come, to kind of show people that perhaps don't do as much as they should, that if you dedicate yourself to something you can actually do some pretty impressive things," Williams said.
"I didn't think enough of myself, that was my problem. But now I do."