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Fresh from a white-hot performance on the sand and in the surf at the Oakberry Acai NSW Country Championships, Cudgen Headland athlete Isabella Tate is looking forward to mixing it with the best of the best when she makes the big trip south to Queenscliff this year.

Isabella is a star on the rise and if her most recent performances are anything to go by, you can expect her to shine brightly over the coming weeks.

Her performance at Cape Hawke was electric, taking gold in the U14 2km Beach Run, Surf Race, Board Race and Ironperson events as well as bronze in the Beach Sprint and Flags.

You’d have been excused for thinking Cape Hawke was her home beach, such was the dominance she showed, coming with an air of elegance and complete control.

A few hours further south still and she’ll hope to do it all again, this time with the backdrop of Sydney’s iconic Northern beaches.

“I’m really excited for the State Championships this year,” Isabella said.

“It’s a great chance to test myself and see how I go against some of the best athletes.”

Isabella’s talents extend across all aspects of surf sports, but by her own admission, it’s the ocean she loves the most.

“I love the water events, ski and board, but Iron incorporates all of that so it’s probably my favourite,” she said.

Aside from enjoying the chance to make new friends, share in the camaraderie of surf sports and spend time at the beach, Isabella relishes events like this because they offer her the opportunity to test her limits and see what it takes to beat the best.

She’s excited to compete and get a gauge of the level she must be at to win, but with wisdom beyond her years, she also says there’s much more to it than that.

“Trust the process not the outcome,” she said.

“For me it’s just about knowing in myself that I did my best and put all the effort in.”

Monday 21 February 2022