Country Champs Profile: Kirralea Silvia
With the countdown to the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships reaching single figures, it is time to get to know the athletes looking to write their name into the annals of the history of this longstanding and popular event.
Kirralea Silvia was born to be in the water and the bubbly 11-year-old freely admits that she could not wait to become a nipper after watching her older sister compete for several seasons before finally becoming eligible herself.
The South West Rocks competitor is a huge fan of Iron Woman superstar Courtney Handcock and revels in tough conditions, and is looking forward to competing on her home break.
After winning a semi-final in the Iron Person at Mollymook and consistently placing in the top 10, she would love nothing more than to record a personal best in front of her club mates, family and friends.
Whatever the result one thing is absolutely guaranteed, and that is when the race is over Kirralea Silvia will still be smiling.
South West Rocks SLSC
Events you are planning to contest:
My Favourite events are the swim and iron-woman and these are my focus however I also enjoy the board and team events.
Previous appearances or results at Country Champs or other major events:
In previous years, I have come in the top ten in the swim and iron person. My best result would be winning a semi-final in the iron person at the NSW Country Championships at Mollymook.
How long have you been involved in Surf Life Saving?
I started surf lifesaving when I was 5 years old at South West Rocks. I took after my older sister Carla when I would always watch her in carnivals, as I was too young to compete. My parents have also been involved in surf lifesaving for many years.
What do you enjoy most about being a member of a surf lifesaving club?
I learn new things every time I compete. I have made many friends from all the different ages and clubs.
How has your training been going for the Country Championships?
I am going quite well with my training, I’m doing pool sessions everyday as well as surf swims and board.
What are your goals for the Championships and the rest of the season?
I plan to do my very best in the water events especially the swim and the iron women . I would like to aim for a top 10 finish. Who knows, with a little bit of luck anything can happen. I will also be trying my very best in all the other events.
Do you have any pre-event superstitions or preparations?
I like to eat a little bit of food before competing, also I like my mum to cook pasta the night before. I usually keep to myself before a race, but also remain cheerful.
What are you most looking forward to about Country Championships?
I’m looking forward to the nerves that are going to be inside me and never knowing what the surf will bring.
Are there any surf athletes you admire or have found to be an inspiration and why?
Inspiration to everyone, COURTNEY HANCOCK!!!!!!! She is fit, focused and healthy. I would love to meet her in person one day, Courtney has shown me a lot of things, like winning takes hard work and discipline but most importantly it needs to be fun.
Sun 31 Jan 2016