A City of Playford community sporting grant has helped propel Australian junior kayaker Ashlee Schoene to four international medals on a recent European tour.
The 16-year-old Hope Christian College student has returned to school following the Australian Canoe Sprint Junior Development Squad tour that took in Germany and Slovakia.
Among the Craigmore girl’s medals was her first international individual honour, a bronze in the K1 500m at Wiesbaden in Germany.
It was a good result, with Schoene not daunted by the world stage.
“There were over 500 competitors, we don’t even get that many kayers at our Australian nationals,” Schoene said.
“It was hectic. But I felt like I developed a lot more on this tour than my first one last year.”
Schoene also won three other medals at the Wiesbaden meet, including:
- Bronze in the K2 1000m
- Silver in the K4 500
- Bronze in the K2 500m
Schoene’s next step is to prepare for next March’s nationals, hoping to gain selection for further international events.
Her long-term aim is, of course, to gain Olympic selection, but she’s not in any rush.
“I want to go to an Olympics, but 2020 is a bit close so my aim is 2024 in Paris,” the Year 11 student said.
“It takes a long time to develop as a kayaker – people don’t normally peak until their mid-20s, so I’m there for the long haul.”
Part of the expenses of Schoene’s overseas tour were funded by the City of Playford’s Outstanding Achievements Grants program, just one of a number of Council funding opportunities available to local residents.
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