Hayley sets her sights on national outrigging stage
A TRIP to an All Schools events just more than two years ago was enough to convince Hayley Quinlan that outrigging was a sport at which she could excel.
The now- 12-year-old was a spectator on that day, but soon after began her journey as a competitor.
A South Queensland title and a silver medal at the Aussie Aito in Mooloolaba late last month have proved she's made the right choice.
Hayley's not one to rest on her laurels: she has set her sights on the biggest stages.
"I really want to try to get to the Australian titles,” Hayley said.
Hayley, who also plays for St James in Hervey Bay Netball Association's Division 9 competition and is a member of Hervey Bay's 12/13s development squad, said technique was one of the hardest aspects of the sport to master.
" It was okay (to get hold of). Technique is the most difficult part, getting the technique right can be a challenge,” Hayley said.
"Overall it was pretty easy after I got used to it and getting a bit more coaching.”
Hayley is in the midst of a transition from OC 1 and 2 classes to V1, but she is yet to settle on a favourite.
"The difference is the OC1 and 2 is you have foot pedals to control the boat, but in the V1 you have to steer with your blade so it's a lot harder to turn and keep shape,” she explained.
"I like them both.”
Hayley will next compete at the first race of the Southern Queensland zone's OC series on July 22.