Angela excited about what lies ahead
By GREG WHITE
WOOLGOOLGA and the Northern Beaches have produced Australia's newest international sporting representative.
Angela Keighran will leave her home at Mullaway this weekend for 12 days competition at the Quiksilver World Youth Surfing Championships in Brazil.
"All my life I've dreamed of a trip like this," the excited teenager said.
"Long term I want to join the world pro tour and this comp will give a taste of what to expect."
Monday to Friday, Angela is a Year 11 student at Woolgoolga High.
But after school and in every waking moment she can spare, the 16-year-old is in the water and it's been that way since she learned to crawl.
"My dad (Terry) would take me with him to the beach and that's where I caught the surfing bug," she said.
So good has she become, Angela now holds the title of New South Wales under-18 surfing champion.
Riding waves at differing locations to win the state crown is ideal preparation for the South American sojourn where the breaks she'll face are still a mystery.
"As far as we know it's all beach breaks rather than off the reefs," she said.
"The advance team are looking at the scene and we'll know what to expect when we arrive.
"That's the way all emerging surfers prepare till you travel to the area and get your own level of experience in the water."
Angela is overjoyed at the level of support she's finding in the local community with many getting behind her to encourage and offer financial contributions.
Dad, Terry, summed up the family's delight.
"We are truly humbled and grateful for the generous support of the amazing community of people in Woolgoolga," he said.
"Woopi may be a small town but it loves and supports it's sports people."
Included in the parochial home town supporters are the Woolgoolga Seahorses who raised $1000 in minutes from a bucket appeal last Sunday.
"We've made Angela an honorary Seahorse as she flies the flag for the town," club secretary Paul Dwyer said proudly.
"The beach and footy go hand in hand up here and we're immensely proud of her."
Like most young surfers, Angela's favourite is Chelsea Georgeson.
And while she doesn't set out to copy the style of the World Champion, she does draw motivation from what Chelsea's achieved.
"Chelsea started with the same dream we all have.
"To get to the top takes hard work.
"That's what I'll be doing in Brazil."
But what about setting aside some time for shopping?