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Chadwick’s carving way in wakeboarding

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March 16, 2017

Superstar: Laney Chadwick (right) took out third place in the 2017 Australian Nationals earlier this month, with Charlie Russell (second place, left) and Darcy Plumridge (first, centre).

Cobram’s Laney Chadwick is continuing to make waves in a stellar watersports career, taking our third place at the 2017 Australian Wakeboard National championships on March 2 to 5.

Chadwick, 10, said she travelled to the Gold Coast location for two-and-a-half days for the competition in the 10-14 girls’ division.

After moving up an age bracket this year and competing against girls much older than she, Chadwick still took out a podium finish.

Competing in the under-9 girls’ last year in Canberra, Chadwick finished in first place.

Chadwick was the only primary school age (Year 5) competitor in the final this year, competing against five others in the last race.

‘‘This year I had two heats, in the first heat I rode first and came second in the second heat and rode third overall,’’ she said.

Chadwick said she was already training for her next competition this weekend, the state championships on March 18, which is the last competition for the season.

‘‘I’m really happy with what I achieved at nationals and I’m really thankful for the support from my family, friends and sponsors,’’ she said.

Chadwick has been training hard with her coach, Yarrawonga’s Chloe Mills, who is ranked the number five pro female wakeboarder in the world.

In January, Chadwick placed second in the Malibu Australian Open’s 10-14 girls’ age division.

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