Dylan Littlehales

Paracanoe Athlete / Profile / Jul 1, 2015

DOB: 2/11/1999
Discipline: KL3
Kariong (Central Coast), NSW
Club: Avoca Kayak Club
Coach(s): Paul Hutchinson/David Birt
School: Kariong Mountains High School

National Teams: Senior

At what age did you start paddling and how did you become involved in the sport?  When I was young, my Uncle Mike Druce would take my brother and I for a paddle in his Slalom boats.  Uncle Mike was the first one to tell me about the opportunity as a Paralympic sport event starting in Rio 2016 and helped organise my first training boat when I was 14.

What has inspired you to train and compete at an international level? It has always been a dream of mine to represent Australia as a Paralympian and hopefully be world champion one day.

What is your preference, K1 or V1 and why? Definitely K1. I’ve never paddled a V1 and have no intention since K1 is becoming a lot bigger and V1 is getting smaller so I am fully focused on K1.

What race distance do you prefer, and why? I like 500m because it’s like the in-between race. It has short distance sprints where it isn’t full sprint like 200 but not too long like 1000m. It’s a sprint with tactics.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the sport? Making the Australian National Paracanoe team for K1 Sprint Kayaking at age 15.

What is the best advice you have been given and why? There’s no way around hard work because if you want to be the best, you have to work harder and smarter than anyone else.

Tell us about your current schedule. Describe your average day? Generally consists of seven paddles, three gyms and one swim each week. I usually manage one to two sessions a day of a mix of paddling, gym or swimming, with one day off.

What do you do for fun and relaxation? When I have the day off I either hang out with my friends or I do enjoy playing my PS4.

What is your favourite thing about paracanoe? It gives everybody a fair go, so I’m not racing against the able-bodied world champion.

What is your dream goal? To be world champ and a world record holder.

Have you had any success in other sports? I have been involved in swimming for about five years now and am currently number six in my age group, but now I’m on the paracanoe team, swimming has taken a back seat.

1st (K1 200) KL3 – National Championships (Champion Lakes, WA)
1st (K1 200) KL3 – Oceania Championships (West Lakes, WA)

17th (K1 200) KL3 – ICF World Championships (Milan, ITA)
2nd LTA (K1 200) – National Championships (SIRC, NSW)
3rd LTA (K1 500) – National Championships (SIRC, NSW)
3rd LTA (K1 1000) – National Championships (SIRC, NSW)

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