Country Champs Profile: Kalani Ives

With the countdown to the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships reaching single figures, 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.

In 2015 Yamba’s Kalani Ives was a triple medallist at the Country Champs, and now the highly talented ten-year-old has set her sights on conquering South West Rocks.

Despite her tender years she has demonstrated an innate ability of how to react to different racing conditions, and she has enjoyed a successful summer season so far.

Kalani has a busy schedule planned for the two-days of competition intending to enter the swim, board, iron, flag, board relay, swim relay and sprint events.


Kalani Ives


Yamba SLSC

Age Group:

Under 11

Events you are planning to contest:

Swim, Board, Iron, Flags, Sprint, Board Relay and Swim Relay.

Previous appearances or results at Country Champs or other major events:

  • Ambassador for Ohana Ocean Athletics
  • Kracka Racing Surfcraft Australia Stars of the Future Rider
  • Cudgen Classic 2015: 1st in the U11 Ironwomen
  • Lennox Head Dolphin Enduro 2015: 1st in the U11 Ironwomen
  • Byron Bay Australia Day Paddle 2015: 1st Female Nipper Champion
  • 2015 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships 2015 - 1st U10 Board Race, 2nd U10 Flags and 2nd U10 Beach Sprint

How long have you been involved in surf lifesaving?

4 years

What do you enjoy most about being a member of a surf lifesaving club?

Competition, meeting new friends and traveling to different carnivals

How has your training been going for the Country Championships?

Training has been enjoyable and my coaches are Dad, Jim Dougherty & Jo Dougherty

What are your goals for the Championships and the rest of the season?

To listen to my coaches and put in 110%

Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?

I like to relax the day before competition

What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?

Catching up with all my friends from the other clubs and competing in the Iron event

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

Ella Brown as she is the first indigenous female to compete in Nutri-Grain Iron Woman series

Sat 30 Jan 2016