Kayla’s riding wave of success
KAYLA Osborne's dream was born when as a young girl she played confidently in the water off Yeppoon's Main Beach.
She decided then that she wanted to compete in the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series, the country's elite professional racing series, based on surf live saving.
Fast forward to 2015 and the 14-year-old Emmaus College student continues to take giant steps towards realising that dream.
Her most recent success came at the Surf Life Saving Queensland Secondary School Surf League Carnival at Tannum Sands last Friday.
Osborne was crowned age champion in the under-15 division and also won the ironwoman event.
Emmaus finished second at the carnival, 20 points behind eventual winner, Tannum Sands.
Emmaus has won the event for the past three years, but its second placing was impressive given its senior boys were on school camp and unavailable for the event, impacting numbers and points.
Mason Hebbard also shone for Emmaus, winning age champion in the under-15 division and the ironman event.
Osborne was pleased with her performance at Tannum and now has her sights set on the SLSQ North Australian Championships in Mackay in two weeks.
There she will aim for selection in the Queensland Country team, an honour she also achieved last year.
The Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club member is clearly committed to the sport, completing six swim sessions, two to three board sessions, two runs and regular gym sessions each week.
But it is clearly something she loves.
"It's a great way to get out with your friends, get in the water, jump on the board and enjoy the sun," she said.
Osborne is proficient at each element of surf live saving, but admits she prefers the swim events.
And swimming is where she intends to channel her energy as she works towards achieving her sporting dream.
"I know it's a pretty big goal but it's something I've wanted ever since I was little," she said.