KAYAKER ON FAST TRACK
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.