Congratulations Kayla Imrie on your Nomination for Wellington Sports Woman of the Year 2017!
We caught up with the Kayak and Surf Lifesaving superstar who has just successfully finished up at the 2017 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in the Czech Republic.
Kayla discussed her sporting highlights, role models, aspirations, sacrifices and rewards with us. What an inspirational young athlete! We are excited to see what the next year holds for you Kayla.
What has been your biggest sporting highlight in the last year?
My biggest sporting highlight in the last year was racing in the A-final in the K4 at the Rio Olympics
As a successful female athlete, you must be aware that you are a role model for young aspiring athletes. Who has been your biggest role model in your life and sporting career?
Many female athletes have inspired me throughout my journey. Valarie Adams, Lisa Carrington and many more have inspired me. Each has their own way of approaching sport and dealing with their lifestyles as female athletes. Drawing off these aspects helps me create an intense drive to keep progressing in sport as well as accepting myself in a hostile society where females are excepted to look and act in a certain way.
What are your aspirations for the year to come?
My aspirations in the year to come include successes in both international Canoe Sprint paddling and Surf Lifesaving.
What does it take to be at the top of your field? For you what is the biggest sacrifice and what is the biggest reward?
To be at the top of your game is different for everyone. For me, it’s about focus and passion to turn up to training and aim for high quality and to be the best version of myself every time.
Th biggest sacrifice in any elite sport is your lifestyle. Unfortunately, our job is around the clock where recovery, sleep, training and nutrition always comes first. This means nights out with friends can be minimal. In saying this, you find out who your closest mates are when the ones who understand stick by your side through thick and thin. The biggest reward is being able to succeed in what I do for family and friends who have supported me all these years. The best feeling is making them all excited and proud to be a part of this journey.
Lastly, a fun one; if you were an animal what animal would you be and why?
If I were an animal I would be an elephant I’m obsessed with how loving they are and that they never leave anyone in the herd behind
Best of luck for awards night and your future endeavors Kayla from the team at Wellington Sports Med!