It has been a big year for local champion kayaker Brea Roadley from competing in the highs of marathon racing to World Series ocean racing.
After a disappointing beginning of the year in marathon canoeing Brea has found a new challenge of ocean racing. After years of paddling on the Murray River Brea has taken to her new adventure like a ‘duck to water’.
Just over 12 months ago Brea had not even paddled in the ocean but after competing at the ICF Canoe Marathon Championships in South Africa, Brea spent a week in Durban the world capital of downwind racing, where she learnt from the best about the skills required to take on the large ocean swells.
Just last month Brea was the best placed Australian in the ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championship, Under 23 Division in Hong Kong, finishing sixth.
The race turned into more of a marathon event than an ocean race with flat conditions which was in complete contrast to the conditions Brea had been training for. Brea finished the 23km gruelling race in an impressive time of 2 hours and 19 minutes.
“My aim for the race was to come sixth in under 23s and that’s exactly what I did,” Brea said.
“A massive congratulations to all the other girls on their amazing results in some tough conditions.”
Since then Brea has finished third in the mixed doubles in the Palm to Pines event one of the most iconic and prestigious ocean events in Australia, paddling with her new coach Jordon Clauson who made the trip over from South Africa.
Last week Brea competed in the final Victorian ocean race of the year, The Haven Classic in Lorne.
Despite experiencing rough surf and a shark sighting this did little to stop Brea winning the dash for cash to the first turning buoy and finishing first female overall.
“I’m stoked to finally have a race where I felt confident in the ocean, maybe a bit scared of sharks still,” Brea said
Bre a is now focusing on the first race in the 2018 World Surfski Series ‘The King of the Harbour’, New Zealand’s Ocean Racing Championships to be held in Auckland, at the end of April, 2018.
“A massive thank you to all the Yarrawonga Mulwala Amateur Canoe Club who did several Bunnings BBQ’s to help raise money to support my overseas trips, my major sponsors CliC eyewear and McDonalds Yarrawonga plus other local organisation such as Central Murray Credit Union, ClubMulwala, Burkes Hotel, Burramine Sports Club, Yarrawonga Chronicle, Judds Mensland and Thyme for Coffee who have supported me this year.”
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.