Kailey Harlen

National Team: Junior

DOB: 13/09/2001
Hometown: Freshwater Northern Beaches NSW
Institute/Academy: NSWIS
Club: Sydney Northern Beaches Kayak Club
Coaches: Jake Michael, Daniel Tilley & Christine Duff
Nicknames: Kails and Kay

  • How did you get into paddling?
    Mum and I found an advertisement in the Manly Daily in January 2017 talking about a training/performance clinic at Narrabeen Academy of Sport for kayaking for those who might be interested in trying the sport out.
  • What has been your biggest accomplishment in the sport so far?
    Placing 6th in the K1 500m A-final at the my first international regatta.
    Making the open A-final in the K1 500m at the 2019 National Championships.
  • What keeps you busy outside of paddling?
    Staying active, hanging with friends and completing year 12 at high school.
  • Who is the greatest influence on your career?
    Sally Fitzgibbons, Jo-Brigden Jones and Lisa Carrington.
  • How would your best friend describe you?
    Funny, outgoing, caring, responsible, focused and very competitive.
  • Do you have any superstitions before a race?
    I like to sing in my head, usually to Imagine Dragons “Thunder” whenever I’m on the start line.
  • What is your favourite course to paddle on?
  • Previous National Teams: Asia-Pacific Junior Team 2018, Junior World Championships 2018.

Instagram: @kailey_harlen

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