Jake shines on big stage

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport -

Mar­garet River lo­cal Jake Ghiretti is the new Aus­tralian Ju­nior Wave­sail­ing Cham­pion after an ex­cep­tional per­for­mance at the re­cent Aus­tralian Wave­sail­ing Ti­tles.

Eleven-year-old Jake was the youngest com­peti­tor wind­surf­ing at what were his first na­tional ti­tles.

Bus­sel­ton’s Camillo Pil­lonel was also among the stand­out per­form­ers com­ing fourth in last week’s comp.

Jake and Camillo started wind­surf­ing three years ago through the South West Ju­nior Wind­surf­ing School.

The boys said they loved wind­surf­ing to­gether and en­cour­aged each other to push their lim­its and try new moves.

“I like sail­ing with my mates be­cause it makes me feel more con­fi­dent,” Jake said.

“I have peo­ple who know me re­ally well and they can help me if I need help.

“Ev­ery­one pushes me. If the other per­son does it, you feel like if you friend can do it, I want to do that too. It gives me mo­ti­va­tion.”

Camillo said the sport made him “way more con­fi­dent”.

The Aus­tralian Wave­sail­ing Ti­tles were held at Coro­na­tion Beach in Geraldton from De­cem­ber 5-9.

It was the first time the na­tion­als were held in WA since 2005.

WA ju­niors dom­i­nated the fi­nal, knock­ing out all east coast com­peti­tors in pre­vi­ous heats.

In sec­ond and third place were Perth boys Kai Marns Mor­ris and Toby Web­ster.

Or­gan­is­ers said. there had been a strong resur­gence in ju­nior wind­surf­ing around the world,

Pic­ture: Jane Se­man

Mar­garet River’s Jake Ghiretti is the new Aus­tralian Ju­nior Wave­sail­ing Cham­pion.

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