Third generation sailing competitor ready to take on best
FOR Brent Pearson, moth sailing is in his DNA.
Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Yeppoon's Pearson will do his family proud when he jets to the UK later this month to compete at the 2014 Moth World Championships.
As he prepared to take to the international stage, the 24-year-old reflected on his roots and how the sport first caught his attention.
"I remember I picked up a magazine and it had a few things on the Moth World Championships. From that point on I said 'right, this is where I want to get to'," Pearson said. "My father and my grandfather also sailed and it's great (to have the family support).
"I've competed in international events in Australia before, but have never travelled overseas."
Moth sailing since he was only seven years of age, Pearson was ranked 45th in the world from 2010-2011.
But he said the training involved in the lead-up to the World Championships was as brutal as it gets.
"This has been a long time in the making; over the past two years actually," Pearson, who is also a regular surfer, said.
"Sailing doesn't come across as a physical sport, but my heart-rate can go beyond 160 from effort as well as adrenaline.
"There's quite a lot of fitness training involved and I've shed 23kg to be ready for this."
Pearson will certainly have to be on top of his game, as he will be contending with sailors who have competed in the Olympics and in the Americas Cup.
Despite facing some of the best competitors in the world, Pearson went into the biggest event of his young career with a positive mind-frame; and a humble one.
"It will be a great opportunity to gauge where I am at personally as a moth sailor," he said. "I want to give a massive shout out to Yeppoon Health and Fitness, (trainer) Kay Becker and Keppel Bay Sailing Club. They've all been a huge help.
"I have a lot of people in my corner."
2014 INTERNATIONAL MOTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hayling Island Sailing Club, Britain