Name: Isabella Choate
Pursuit: Canoe Slalom
I am a 16 year old kayaker from Perth, WA. I began Slalom at Swan Canoe Club at the age of 10, it was a family tradition of some sort. At first it was just an afternoon activity however, as I became more familiar with the sport I became fascinated by it. The strength, technical skill and focus that the athletes demonstrated amazed me. I have been selected for the 2015 National Talent Squad and am aiming to race my way onto the Australian Junior team. My hope for the future is to be the best that I can be and I will train as smart and as hard as I can to achieve that.
When did you start?
I started paddling in 2009, at the age of 10.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
Placing first in all of my events at the Australian Championships 2014 and being named Junior Australian Champion Girl in 2014 and Senior Australian Champion Girl 2015, in the Australian Schools Championships.
What is your dream?
My ultimate dream is to become a respected athlete competing at world class events, who can inspire others as I am inspired today by so many great athletes in my sport.
Who or what have inspired you?
I am inspired by my family, friends and boyfriend. They are always there for me through my ups and downs and remind me about the important things in life.
Who's your hero?
My coach, Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic and my mother are my heroes. They are both so inspiring and hard working, and have some amazing stories to share. It’s really fantastic to have the people you admire most supporting you :D
Any other special talents?
Does playing an instrument count as a special talent? I’ve been involved in music since I was one and at first played the Violin and did a lot of singing. Through primary school I played Percussion and Double Bass as well as my main instrument, the Cello!
I love listening music, choosing a genre is too hard!! I listen to EVERYTHING from Western Art music to Neo-folk. I especially love Woodkid’s work at the moment ☺
I love Australia, Run Lola Run and Kings of Summer. I also really like the Hobbit film series! It’s hard to pick one movie…
I have so so so many favourite books. I would say... Sophie
Favourite TV Show?
I really love Arrow!
I love a nicely done roast of any kind!
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
The Aim for the Stars grant will assist my travel and accommodation costs for training camps held often over east as well as helping fund travel to international events which will really help me improve my paddling.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
“When an archer is shooting for nothing he has all his skill. If he shoots for a brass buckle he is already nervous. If he shoots for a prize of gold he goes blind or sees two targets - he is out of his mind! His skill has not changed. But the prize divides him. He cares. He thinks more of winning than of shooting and the need to win drains him of power.” – Chuang Tzu (300 BC) This is my favourite quote and goes well with what I was once told by my coach, “Focus on the performance, not the result” – Zlatan