NIAMH MATHIAS  - COMPETITOR STORY

I got into surfing when a leaflet was circulated around my school. A group of us decided to attend the weekly surf training with Masterclass Surf Club, from joining this club my interest grew from there.

I really enjoy surfing as it is great way to keep fit. It’s a challenging sport as it is you competing against the sea - a natural environment; every wave is different.

I’ve been competing since 2011 and this has giving me an opportunity to travel as well as meet new people.

In terms of how I would like to see the sport expand in the future, I’d like to see it recognised as an Olympic sport. This would give surfing the platform to promote the sport to a wider audience.

As a female surfer I would also like to see women’s and girls competitions get the recognition it deserves. Women’s surfing will only get better when their competitions are accredited on par with the men’s divisions. There is no reason why this shouldn’t be already happening. In my experience women have to compete in the worst state of tide. This needs to change and there needs to be equality between the sexes.

As for my future I would like to continue competing but on a higher level. I’m getting this opportunity by going to the Junior World Championship in California in October. This will be a great experience for me to compete at an international level.

I’d like to continue promoting surfing by coaching and inspiring younger girls to take an interest and develop a passion for the sport that I love.