BEDFORDALE’S Angelina Good-Gerne is paddling her way to the top.
The 13-year-old first hopped in a friend’s K2 kayak at Point Walter at the age of eight and has since clocked up over 25 kayaking medals and trophies and taken out the Canoeing WA Marathon under 14 Paddler of the Year award.
Angelina’s mother Britt said her daughter took to the sport straight away when she started a guppy kayaking class at Champion Lakes Boating Club.
“Angelina has been competitive right from the start,” she said.
“It’s been exciting to see her consistently achieving her goals of beating her personal best times and doing so well in spring regattas and marathons. It’s not always easy; training in winter can be cold and wet and training before school is early mornings.”
Angelina said she enjoyed that kayaking could be fun and relaxing, or challenging and competitive.
“It makes you feel proud of your achievements, but at the same time having fun, getting fitter and stronger while having a goal,” she said.
“My dream has always been to get to the Olympics, and one day I might just make it there.”