Young speed boat racer ex­cels

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Brown

THOUGH not old enough to hold a driver’s li­cence, 13year-old Tay­lor Jel­lis is com­fort­able at high speed.

Not on the road though. The open wa­ter is her field of choice, with Tay­lor re­cently crowned as one of the best speed­boat rac­ers in the state.

The St Stephen’s School Car­ra­mar Year 8 stu­dent re­cently took out three ti­tles – the State Cham­pion Award and WA Speed­boat Club Cham­pion for the 15 horse­power ju­nior cat­e­gory and the Club Con­sis­tency Award – demon­strat­ing se­ri­ous skills for a young racer.

It didn’t take long for a love of speed­boat rac­ing to de­velop for Tay­lor, who started rac­ing only two years ago.

“My cousin and I went down to watch one of the race meets and at the end we got to have a go in the boat and just go around a cou­ple of times,” she said.

“Then when they had the next race meet, we were rac­ing.”

Proud mum Leigh Jel­lis knew Tay­lor would be­come ob­sessed with the sport.

“That’s all it needed to get them in the boats and we haven’t been able to get them out since,” she said.

Tay­lor said her in­ter­est in the unique sport had fil­tered through to her ex­tended fam­ily, mak­ing com­pe­ti­tions all the more ex­cit­ing.

“Mum comes down to help out and Dad races in the 15-horse­power se­niors and the 25s,” she said.

“And my cousin also races in the 15-horse­power ju­niors with me.”

The sport sees Tay­lor cruis­ing the Swan River most week­ends in sum­mer, as well as re­gional WA.

De­spite her re­cent achieve­ments, Tay­lor’s goal is to go even faster.

“When I have enough money, I do want to get a faster boat and get into the higher classes be­cause that seems fun,” she said.

Tay­lor Jel­lis with her tro­phies and speed boat.

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