Local kayaking champion Brea Roadley has returned from a gruelling World Surf Ski Classic in Mauritius ready for her next challenge.
Brea has quickly jumped the world rankings, currently sitting third in the Under 23 division and 35th overall.
“The Mauritius Ocean Classic was by far one of the most amazing and challenging weeks of my life,” Brea said.
“Prior to this I had no idea what a downwind race was or how swell and waves worked. To add to the challenge I was also very unwell with an infection I managed to get in my leg.
“Thank you so much to my parents and all of the amazing people who helped me over the journey.”
Brea ended up finishing a credible 12th in the race and hopes to improve in the sport over the coming years.
But not before the determined 21-year-old takes on one of Australia’s most difficult kayaking races, the 124km Western Australia Avon Descent, to be held this weekend. Soon after she will then prepare for 2017 ICF World Canoe Marathon Championships to be held in South Africa early this September.
It will be the second time Brea has made the Australian team for the World Canoe Marathon Championships and it will be the second time she also tackles the gruelling Avon Descent.
Brea has been selected to join Team Spirit as part of the 2017 Spirit Paddle Sports Interstate Challenge at the Avon Descent.
For the World Canoe Marathon Championships Brea will pair up with Montannah Murray from Cronulla’s Sutherland Kayaking Club. The girls showed great determination to qualify for the World’s after finishing in second place, over-coming challenging circumstances with their double kayak being damaged by an unavoidable obstacle on the course. The incident virtually sunk their kayak, slowing them down dramatically but they eventually made the team on appeal.
Despite living in separate states the girls will be working hard making the commitment to travel so they can train and compete in events in the lead up to representing Australia in the Open Female K2 event in early September.
Brea has received great support from businesses including CLIC Eyewear and McDonalds Yarrawonga along with CMCU, Club Mulwala, Mulwala Water Ski Club, Burkes Hotel, Rich Glen, Priority Fitness, Judds Mensland and Lekeal Builders.
Brea and Montannah are responsible for their own accommodation, travel, nutrition, purchase of Australian team uniform and transport of equipment. So to help the girls, the Yarrawonga Mulwala Amateur Canoe Club is looking for your support.
There are number of ways organisations, businesses and individuals can assist in supporting Brea. If you are interested please contact Tim Roadley on 0417 373 376 or [email protected] or Jared Loughnan on 0419 336 884.