South West sends three surfers to ISA World Junior Championships

World stage: Emma Cattlin who will be taking off for California in October to compete in the ISA World Junior Championships with fellow South West junior surfers Cy Cox and Seth Van Haeften. Photo: Woolacott.
World stage: Emma Cattlin who will be taking off for California in October to compete in the ISA World Junior Championships with fellow South West junior surfers Cy Cox and Seth Van Haeften. Photo: Woolacott.

Three local junior surfers have qualified for the elite ISA World Junior Championships in California this year.  

Yallingup’s Emma Cattlin has been chosen to compete in the U16 Girls division along with Cy Cox and Seth Van Haeften from Margaret River. 

Their results from last year’s Australian Junior Titles, where Cattlin placed third overall, earned them a place on the team.

Mike McAuliffe has been named co-coach for Team Australia at the 2018 ISA Would Junior Championships. Photo: Surfing WA/Majeks

Mike McAuliffe has been named co-coach for Team Australia at the 2018 ISA Would Junior Championships. Photo: Surfing WA/Majeks

There are only 12 competitors on the team so to have three from the South West is a huge achievement and will be a valuable experience. 

Our junior athletes and their families and support teams invest so heavily for these competition opportunities, so we can’t wait to see them show the world what they can do on the international stage.

Kim Crane - National high performance director

The team has been bolstered by the appointment of Surfing WA’s head coach and competition veteran, Mike McAuliffe, as a co-coach for Team Australia. 

National high performance director Kim Crane said the championships were a great opportunity for young surfers to improve their skills. 

“Our junior athletes and their families invest so heavily for these competition opportunities, so we can’t wait to see them show the world what they can do on the international stage.”