Cobram wakeboarding prodigy Laney Chadwick, 13, blew her competition out of the water at the World Wake Association championships in Mexico last month, finishing second in the 10-13-year-old category.
After making waves on the state and national scene for a number of years, Chadwick took her skills to the world stage on October 17 on 20, where she carved up in her first heat to finish in top spot.
From there she was granted immediate access into the final, flipping and gyrating in front of the crowd scattered along the banks of the Mayan Water Complex to fall just short of the gold medal behind American Kira Lewis.
“She was absolutely stoked with the result,” father Craig said.
“It was her first international competition, it was her first trip overseas even.”
However, Chadwick did not become a superstar overnight.
Completely fixated on rising up the ranks, the Cobram resident makes the trip to Bundalong four nights a week to train during summer and still makes it out every weekend in winter, according to her father.
“She gets out there in her wetsuit, gloves and hot water bottle, comes out completely freezing but never complains once,” her dad said.
“She absolutely loves it, but she also understands that she has to work hard to get where she wants to be.”
More recently, Chadwick spent two weeks before the event in Orlando, training every day with coach Chloe Mills before heading to Cancun for the world championships.
Now looking forward to another year of competition, the silver medalist will no doubt be out on the water throughout the warmer months and will be primed and ready to take the wakeboarding world by storm yet again in 2020.
The Chadwick family thanked its sponsors.