Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­news.com.au

SINCE he was 10 years old, Lach­lan Ban­croft fell in love with kayak­ing.

It was a love also held dearly by his fam­ily who are still very ac­tive in his sport­ing jour­ney.

Now 16 years old, the Bud­erim res­i­dent has again been se­lected to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Olympic Hopes Re­gatta held in Septem­ber this year.

The Ma­roochy­dore State High School stu­dent has be­gan work­ing hard to pay his way for the trip, do­ing ev­ery­thing from wash­ing cars to mowing lawns.

The Sun­shine Coast Pad­dle Sports Club stu­dent said he didn’t want a free ride to Europe and is ex­cited to be earn­ing his way there.

“I have been work­ing hard ev­ery week­end and I have been giv­ing money to my par­ents as soon as I get it,” he said.

“We have to pay Aus­tralian ca­noe­ing $6000 which cov­ers the cost of ev­ery­thing.

“I will be over there for 5-6 weeks so I will also need money to live.”

Lach­lan was proud of his achieve­ment, mak­ing the team for the sec­ond year run­ning.

“You have to go to Na­tion­als and it’s on a points sys­tem, so if you get a cer­tain amount of points you make it,” he said.

“The top six peo­ple go out of about 40 peo­ple.”

The team is called the “Olympic Hopes team” and is a group of peo­ple who hope to make the Games as they de­velop in their sports.

“My grand­par­ents were cham­pi­ons in their time,” Lach­lan said.

“They are now my coaches.”

To help Lach­lan live his dream, visit www.gofundme.com/olympic-hopes.

❝The top six peo­ple go out of about 40 peo­ple.

— Lach­lan Ban­croft


ON HIS WAY: Lach­lan Ban­croft has been se­lected to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in Septem­ber.

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