Dedication pays off for athlete

Perth College Year 8 student and kayaker Yasemin Ray (13).
Perth College Year 8 student and kayaker Yasemin Ray (13).

Yasemin (13), took honours in four separate divisions ” K1 200m, K1 500m, K1 1000m and K1 2500m.

Along with this success, she took part in two K2 events with partner Shania Smee, with the pair winning both K2 500m and 1000m races.

All of this has been achieved in less than three years of participation.

Yasemin is excited about her 2014 campaign, with the national titles taking place in Adelaide from March 26 to 30.

‘I’ll be one of the youngest competitors and my coach believes I should aim for a medal,’ she said.

Undertaking a strenuous training schedule, Yasemin prides herself on personal discipline and a healthy diet.

‘You can lapse in concentration at times during the longer distances, but the important thing is to remember correct technique,’ she said.

Her form and sport teacher Narelle Henry said Yasemin’s mental toughness had also translated to educational success.

‘Yasemin is a mature student, who is quietly confident of her ability,’ Ms Henry said.

Yasemin said she was at ease with her upcoming challenges and excited about her future.