After taking up outrigger paddling three years ago, 17-year-old Matt Walsh has made it to the international stage.
He will represent Australia as part of the under-19 six person team in Tahiti this June to contest the IVF VA’A World Distance Championships.
The year 12 St Joseph’s College student trains around five to six times a week on the water (paddling around 16kms a time and more than 20kms on weekends) and also undertakes gym and running sessions.
The world championships will be raced over 27km starting on June 27 with his training going a long way to tackling the distance.
He previously raced with the Australian team at the national marathon titles on the Sunshine Coast in May.
Walsh is a member of the Echuca Moama Canoe Club and while it was exciting to test his skills against the world’s best paddlers, it also gave him the opportunity to go on his first overseas trip.
He previously came away with silver in the 2016 IVF VA’A World Sprint Championships on the Sunshine Coast in the 16 and under V12 event with the Boomerang junior development squad (made up of the best paddlers from all over Australia).