National Team: U23
Club: West Lakes Canoe Club
Coach: Lawrence Fletcher
- How did you get into paddling?
I was doing surf lifesaving and was starting to paddle surf skis in under 15s when I decided to do some kayaking as secret sessions in the winter, I think because Glenn Rypp was at West Beach as an example of the success kayaking can bring. I started a talent ID program with some friends which turned into a SASI scholarship and a junior kayaking trip to Hungary and this convinced me to turn my attention to kayaking.
- What has been your biggest accomplishment in the sport so far?
My biggest accomplishment is making a senior final at a World Championship in K2 with Simon McTavish. It was such a cool experience because we had just missed the final at the World Cups that year and then put together a great semi-final race to make our spot and then got to enjoy the final without any pressure.
- What keeps you busy outside of paddling? What is your current occupation and/or university degree?
I’m about to finish my exercise physiology degree and I’m working part time as a special needs swim teacher and doing some plumbing work with mates.
- Who has been the greatest influence on your career?
I always have idols in sport who are training really well with the right attitude and that helps keep me on track but I think the support I’ve been given from my family has had the greatest influence for me.
- How would your best friend describe you?
As a bad fisherman and even worse at plumbing.
- Do you have any superstitions before a race?
The last song I’ve listened to needs to be the right level of energy for the race, so a K2 200m needs something heavy and a K1 1000m needs something relaxing, like a bit of Slim Dusty.
- What is your favourite course to paddle on?
My favourite course is Champion Lakes in Perth because I made a 7 second PB one day there that I haven’t come close to since.
9th (K2 500) – ICF World Championships (Racice, CZE)
8th (K4 500) – ICF U23 World Championships (Pitesti, ROU)
World Cup Series
14th (K2 1000) – ICF World Cup 2 (Szeged, HUN)
19th (K2 1000) – ICF World Cup 3 (Belgrade, SRB)
3rd (K4 1000) – ICF Junior World Championships (Szeged, HUN)