No limits for Calla – but it won’t be easy

 

BUSY YEAR: Promising oarswoman Calla Gould-Whaley at the Lismore Rowing Club this week. Calla is in action at the NSW championships starting today.
BUSY YEAR: Promising oarswoman Calla Gould-Whaley at the Lismore Rowing Club this week. Calla is in action at the NSW championships starting today. Patrick Gorbunovs

LISMORE rower Calla Gould-Whaley approaches the sport with a set-no-limits attitude.

And it's that sort of mindset that had her beaming as she prepared for the opening day of the NSW rowing championships at Penrith.

The three-day event begins today with Gould-Whaley racing the first of her three events at 2pm.

The 16-year-old expects plenty of competition stepping up into the Under-19 division.

"I've moved up into a higher age group and it's definitely not going to be easy," Gould-Whaley said.

"There will be some really good competition and I'm not getting too far ahead of myself.

"I'll aim to make the semi-finals and see where it goes from there."

The event also doubles as the Australian schoolgirls championships, which makes it a busy three days for Gould-Whaley.

She will compete in the Under-19 2000m single and quad sculls as well as the schoolgirl events.

Gould-Whaley competed in the Australian rowing championships in Perth last year where she made the second-tier final and came 12th in her age division.

"I've done a lot of work on improving my fast-twitch muscles fibres," she said

"It's a lot of hard work with plyometrics and sprinting."

The rowing season has been building towards the NSW event with the Australian championships in Sydney to follow next month.

When they finish Gould-Whaley will head to Queensland to compete in regattas at places like Bundaberg.

She is in the North Coast Academy of Sport rowing program and doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon.

"I train 18 hours a week and I want to increase that in the next year," Gould-Whaley said.

"I've set no limits with how far I want to go and as long as I'm enjoying it I'll keep going."



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