From a young age, I participated in a range of different sports, but it was when I started kayaking that I found my sporting passion. I was first introduced to kayaking in 2017 when I began paddling with the North Shore Canoe Club on Lake Pupuke. I feel so fortunate that this sport has provided me with so many wonderful opportunities. While mainly focusing on kayaking, I also compete in surf lifesaving. This variation in my training helps keep me engaged while further developing my skills and fitness.

In 2022 I represented New Zealand at the U18 Canoe Sprint World Championships. I will be representing New Zealand at the same competition this year which is being held in Auronzo, Italy, contesting the U18 K1 500m and K2 500m events.

It has always been a dream of mine to represent New Zealand on the international sporting stage. I feel incredibly grateful to the Bobby-Stafford Bush Foundation for their support in enabling me to achieve my goals.


madeline loughton