Mullaway?s perfect 10
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IF YOU are the type of person who believes in omens then you will be predicting big things for Mullaway surfer Angela Keighran.
At the Australian Grommet Titles held at Roaring Beach in Tasmania, the 16-year-old was awarded the prestigious Mabendall/Isobell Letham Trophy.
Each year the award is given to an emerging female talent who exhibits exceptional levels of skill and sportsmanship at the titles.
Steph Gilmore and Jessi Milly-Dyer have won the last two awards and both went on to win the world junior title the next year.
The award came as some consolation for Keighran who finished runner-up in the under-18s national titles behind Sawtell's Kirra Townsend.
Keighran's not counting her chickens yet about the world titles as she's still to gain selection in the Australian team for the event to be held in Brazil.
"There are two camps at Casuarina at the High Performance Centre and there are three other wild card girls who go there as well as the girls that finished second, third and fourth," Keighran explained.
"I think I'll get into the team but I'll have to work hard though, you just never know, I'm going to have to start doing some more fitness work."
Having the Letham Award on her resume is a handy asset to wave in front of the selectors eyes as well as knowing that the only perfect 10 ride at the entire Oz Grommets was completed by herself.
Hard work is no stranger to Keighran though and the Woolgoolga High student believes that recent efforts to improve her surfing will hold her in good stead.
"Just before the titles I got some coaching from Martin Dunn down at Old Bar," she added.
"He was helping with my technique and I had a few little things worked on.
"There were no big issues to work on but it made my surfing heaps better."
Once Keighran got to Roaring Beach, the fact she performed so well was a surprise to no-one.
This was her fourth visit to the Grommet titles after previously fininshing third twice and reaching the semi's the year before that in the under-16 section.
"I was in pretty good form leading up the final and got a 10 point ride in the quarter final, I was pretty happy with that," the natural footer said.
"In the final I made a tactical error.
"Watching before the final the waves where I wanted to surf were more consistent.
"Kirra made the right choice though surfing where she did and good luck to her."
The tables could be turned in Brazil if the omen believers get their way.