Medals galore for Kawana kayaking students

Emma Walters and Eilisha Short

 Emma Walters and Eilisha Short
Emma Walters and Eilisha Short

Kawana Waters State College (KWSC) students have once again reigned supreme in the water, with five Year 9 and 10 students earning a sweep of medals at the State Marathon Kayaking Championship held at the Gold Coast in recent weeks.
Kawana Waters State College Principal Paul Williamson said the outstanding results were testament to the students’ dedication and skill, and he was thrilled to see the budding athletes achieving at a state level.
“The students have worked incredibly hard to achieve these results; they train both outside of school hours and at school as part of our Aquatics excellence program, and I’m proud to see their efforts have paid off,” Mr Williamson said.
The committed kayaking team contested both single (K1 and TK1) and doubles (K2 and TK2) events over three and six kilometres, with Year 9 student Eilisha Short taking out the gold in the K1 and Emma Walters going on to win silver in the under 15 K1 event. The two then teamed up to claim gold in the K2 race.
“One of our first-time competitors Caitlin Burt-Polai also came away with two gold medals, which was a truly remarkable achievement, particularly for her first time competing at a state level,” Mr Williamson said.
“And it wasn’t just the girls that claimed victory. Josh Jones-Rew was the winner in the under 14 boys K1 event and then went on to claim a bronze alongside teammate Jacob Slater in the under 15 K2 race,” he said.

“It was an exceptional effort from the whole team, including coach Shane Dalziel.”

Mr Williamson said Kawana Waters State College students had long been renowned for their prowess in the water, with pupils having competed at a state and national level in a variety of aquatic sports.
“Our Aquatics School of Excellence enables students to hone their skills at surfing, kayaking, water polo, kite surfing, swimming and diving using first-rate facilities including Kawana’s Olympic-standard kayaking and rowing course,” Mr Williamson said.
“Having Lake Kawana, the Kawana Aquatic Centre and the beach in such close proximity make it perfect for training and mentoring our aquatics teams.”
Mr Williamson said the college placed a strong focus on learning both in and out of the water, with students able to obtain First Aid accreditation and undertake a Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue), Certificate III in Fitness and a traineeship in outdoor recreation as part of their studies.
“We’re dedicated to promoting life-long learning and these qualifications provide students with a head start for pursuing career paths in the sporting industry.”
For further information regarding Kawana Waters State College and the sporting programs on offer, visit, call (07) 5493 3388 or email