Penrith resident Michaela Dealtry is preparing to represent Australia at the 2017 World Freestyle Kayak Championships after just three years in the sport.
The 20-year-old agriculture and business student will travel to San Juan, Argentina, in November with the Australian contingent to represent her country for the first time, after being crowned 2017 National Women's Freestyle Kayak Champion at Penrith Whitewater Stadium in April.
“I am really excited,” Dealtry said. “I have only done [the sport] for three years, so I am going there to achieve a personal best. It’s all about learning new skills and meeting new people.”
Dealtry has been named Penrith Valley Sports Foundation senior sports star for the month of July, after being nominated in what she admits is something of a “niche sport”.
Freestyle kayaking involves competitors performing various manoeuvres on a river feature, including standing waves, or areas where the water changes direction, with points awarded for the tricks performed.
Dealtry trains at Penrith Whitewater Stadium weekly while attending full time study and working two jobs to support her sporting commitments. She will spend a week training in Argentina before a week of competition.
“It will definitely be intense,” she said.
- To nominate a sports star, visit www.pvsf.org.au.