Cat­tlin set for Cal­i­for­nia tilt

South Western Times - - Sport -

Sally Fitzgib­bons, Stephanie Gil­more, Gabriel Me­d­ina — and soon, you will be able to add Emma Cat­tlin to the list.

The Yallingup teenager will fol­low in the foot­steps of a long list of surf­ing greats when she com­petes at this year’s ISA World Ju­nior Surf­ing Cham­pi­onship.

The 16-year-old South West Acad­emy of Sport ath­lete will join fu­ture stars of the sport at Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Cal­i­for­nia from Oc­to­ber 27 to Novem­ber 4 when she will fly the flag for Aus­tralia at the big­gest ju­nior surf­ing com­pe­ti­tion in the world.

The only West Aus­tralian girl to make the 12-strong Wool­worths Aus­tralian Ju­nior Surf­ing Team, Emma se­cured her ticket to Surf City USA fol­low­ing out­stand­ing re­sults in the 2017 Surf N Ski Aus­tralian Ju­nior Surf Ti­tles.

Emma claimed third at na­tion­als in De­cem­ber, and then ce­mented her sta­tus as one of the coun­try’s top ju­nior surfers by claim­ing the un­der-18 girls’ State cham­pion ti­tle.

Most re­cently, her po­ten­tial was recog­nised by the South West Acad­emy of Sport, which of­fered her a place in its in­di­vid­ual ath­lete sup­port pro­gram.

Emma said she had al­ready ben­e­fited from be­ing part of the pro­gram.

She said what she had learnt from SWAS would come in handy when she com­peted at the world ju­nior surf­ing cham­pi­onships.

An­tic­i­pat­ing a high level of com­pe­ti­tion and an ex­cit­ing at­mos­phere when she steps on to Hunt­ing­ton Beach, the power surfer is look­ing for­ward to her time on the in­ter­na­tional stage as she pro­gresses her surf­ing ca­reer.

“I def­i­nitely want to be a pro­fes­sional on the tour for sure, but yeah, step by step,” Emma said.

Pic­ture: Teneille Wat­son

Yallingup surf­ing tal­ent Emma Cat­tlin, who was named as a lo­cal wild­card for the re­cent World Surf League Cape Nat­u­ral­iste Pro Qual­i­fy­ing Series, is pre­par­ing to fly to Cal­i­for­nia as part of the Aus­tralian ju­nior team con­test­ing this year’s ISA World Ju­nior Surf­ing Cham­pi­onship.

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