Oar­some in­spi­ra­tion

SPORT ‘PRE­PARES KIDS FOR LIFE’

Comment News (Armadale) - - Front Page -

KAYAK­ING coach in­spir­ing Cham­pion Lakes kids.

AGNES Pa­jor’s en­thu­si­asm for kayak­ing has been in­valu­able for young pad­dlers at the Cham­pion Lakes Boat­ing Club.

Pa­jor started kayak­ing at the age of 10 in Hun­gary, where she com­peted for seven years.

“Kayak­ing is one of the most pop­u­lar sports in Hun­gary, and it gave me unique mem­o­ries and life-long friends,” she said.

The pad­dler started to coach chil­dren while study­ing for her BSc in En­gi­neer­ing, also un­der­tak­ing a two-year spe­cial kayak coach course at the Uni­ver­sity of Sport Sci­ence in Budapest, and later a Level 1 Ca­noe coach cer­tifi­cate in Aus­tralia.

Pa­jor moved to Perth two years af­ter mi­grat­ing to Aus­tralia, and said Cham­pion Lakes seemed the per­fect sport with a world class venue.

“I joined the club and soon be­came in­volved with coach­ing the Mas­ters then the kids,” she said.

“We have reached the point to have more than 15 kids do­ing it reg­u­larly. They’re very suc­cess­ful in state events, and won sev­eral state cham­pi­onships in dif­fer­ent age groups.”

Five young peo­ple from the club are set to travel to Syd­ney for Na­tion­als in March 2018.

“It’s my great­est plea­sure to share my hobby with any­one,” Pa­jor said.

“Just look­ing at the kids’ faces when they are fo­cus­ing on a drill or watch­ing their big smile af­ter a race is very re­ward­ing.

“I be­lieve that do­ing sport as a child not only builds char­ac­ter but also pre­pares kids for life by teach­ing them about team­work, per­sis­tence and how to cope in good or bad times.”

Club par­ent Britt-Marie GoodGerne said Pa­jor was al­ways in the wa­ter kayak­ing with her ju­niors, and ded­i­cated to help­ing them achieve their very best.

Agnes Pa­jor, sec­ond from left at the back, coaches at Cham­pion Lakes Boat­ing Club.

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