2017 Stramit Country Champs Profile: Kalani Ives

With the 2017 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships getting underway at South West Rocks tomorrow it’s time to get to know the athletes looking to write their name into the annals of the history of this longstanding and popular event.

Yamba’s Kalani Ives is no stranger to winning medals the Country Championships and is looking forward to returning to the beach where she enjoyed so much success in 2016.

Last season the Far North Coast athlete claimed three gold medals at South West Rocks in the U11 Ironwoman, Board and Flag events.

She also got her first taste at representative Surf Life Saving when she was selected in the Interbranch team that competed at The Lakes in December 2016. She also tasted success at that competition winning gold in her Ironwoman race.

Equally at home in the surf or on the beach, Kalani Ives will be aiming for a big championships when takes to the start line on Saturday.

Club:

Yamba SLSC

Age Group:

Under 12s

Event you are planning to contest:

Iron, Board, Swim, Flags & Sprint

Previous appearances at Country or other major events:

Last year at Country placed 1st in the Iron, 1st in the board, 1st in flags and 2nd in the swim! Placed 1st in the iron at Interbranch!

How long have you been involved in Surf Life Saving?

Since under 7s

What do you enjoy most about being a member of a Surf Life Saving Club?

Making friends and competition!

How has your training going for Country and the rest of the season?

Enjoyable, I have been training in the Yamba pool with Richard and also training with the Yamba SLS crew, my coaches include my Dad, Jim & Joe Dougherty! The Yamba Masters also take me under their wings!

Do you have any superstitions or preparations before race day?

I rest the day before!

Are there any surf athletes you admire or have found to be inspirational and why?

I am looking forward to seeing all my friends from all around NSW SLS Clubs! Liz Pluimers is a great inspiration as she is fit, healthy and dedicated!

Fri 3 Feb 2017