Meet out January athlete of the month Nicole Tattersall, Nicole competes in the discipline of marathon kayaking and her enthusiastic and friendly attitude makes her an excellent ambassador for the sport of paddling and a great role model to those around her.
To read about Nicole’s aspirations and what has made her the athlete that she is today please read the interview below or you can watch a video of the interview on the Canoeing Victoria Facebook page by clicking here:
Paddler Profile Questions.
So tell me a bit about yourself, what type of kayaking do you compete in?
My name in Nicole Tattersall and I’m Melbourne born and breed and came into kayaking through introduction by my dad Neil Tattersall. I’ve been a member of Ivanhoe Northcote Canoe Club for just over a year, prior to that I was at Patterson Lakes, where I joined after being a member at Chelsea Longbeach Surf Life Saving Club. I’ve been involved in water sports before I could walk.
I compete in flatwater marathon, however am interested in trying sprint and other disciplines.
You recently competed in the Goulburn Classic tell me a bit about the event and how you went?
At the end of 2017 I competed in the Goulburn Classic. I competed in the race for the first time in 2016 and absolutely loved it. I enjoyed the challenge of not only the distance but that you’ve got a few small rapids to work around. I think I was 1 of 2 or 3 females to complete all 3 legs solo, and I think I was 2nd, I honestly do not remember where I placed. I was pretty happy with how I went other than second guessing myself on one of the rapids and getting a bit stuck.
What part of Victoria are you from (country or city)?
I’m Melbourne born and breed.
What do you love most about kayaking?
I enjoy being out in nature and being able to push myself.
How do you juggle such a busy schedule of work/school/training?
I’m lucky that I work at a gym, John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA, and that my partner Mark whilst not a paddler is just as keen to be active and train. It makes things a bit easier.
Do you have any advice for upcoming athletes?
Keep things simple, the less complicated things are the easier they will be.
Lastly do you have a coach, support network or training partners who you would like to thank or talk a bit about what they have done to assist you?
My support network is made up of a variety of people, my partner Mark who has a background in exercise sports science and is a high performance basketball coach, the members at Ivanhoe Northcote Canoe Club, Kieran Dews and Amanda Reynolds both of whom I’ve been speaking to about my paddling technique, and the team at John Donehue Jiu Jitsu & MMA where I work and take part in boxing, muay thai and ultimate fit classes.
Last but not least my mum and dad (Neil), who not only taught me how to swim but encouraged me to excel in swimming, without my love of swimming I may not of taken up surf life saving, I may not of taken up surfing, and I may never of hoped into a kayak or canoe.
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me today and we wish you all the best with your upcoming competitions.
Check out the amazing photos of Nicole in action below:
Wednesday February 14th, 2018 8:35am -> Monday April 10th, 2017 1:55pm