The world of Australian junior paddling is witnessing a wave of talent that’s making a significant impact on the international stage. As we eagerly anticipate the 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships in Perth, lets take a look at some of the Aussie juniors already entered and ready to take to the water in Perth later this month.
Alyssa Bailey’s journey in the world of paddling has been nothing short of remarkable. Earlier this year, she represented Australia at the 2023 ICF JNR and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships, demonstrating her versatility and dedication to the sport. Not only does she excel in canoe sprint, but she’s also an accomplished surf lifesaver, showcasing her skills in multiple water disciplines. Her participation in the Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships is a testament to her determination to succeed in every aspect of paddling.
For the Vessely family, paddling is a way of life. Led by father Mario, who has an impressive paddling background himself, siblings Ziko and Nicci Vessely are ready to line up on the start line in Perth. Their dedication to the sport and their family’s support have set them on a path to success. The 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships provide the perfect stage for this dynamic duo to showcase their skills and continue the family tradition.
Ziah Peisker’s story is a testament to the power of dedication and perseverance. Despite only recently making his debut in paddling, he has already left a mark on the sport. His nomination as a finalist in the Paddle Australia 2023 Paddler of the Year – Junior category attests to his rapid rise. Not content with excelling in one discipline, Ziah has taken on the challenge of canoe marathon, canoe sprint, and ocean ski paddling, proving himself as a versatile and fearless athlete.
Kaia Sugars’ achievements were recognised earlier this year when she was awarded one of two Junior Ocean Paddler of the Year titles by Paddle Queensland for 2023. This accolade is a testament to her dedication and exceptional skills in ocean paddling. As she takes the stage in the Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships, Kaia aims to continue her impressive run of success and further elevate her reputation in the sport.
PQ President Julian Norton smith and Kaia Sugars
Ocean ski paddling is a sport for the whole family and we are excited to see our juniors take to the water!
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