A Law School student has returned from her first international stand up paddle boarding competition, just shy of being among the ten best in the world.
Raglan local and Masters of Law student Alexis Poulter was part of the New Zealand surfing team to be sent to compete at the 2014 International Surfing Association Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, in Nicaragua.
It marked the first time NZ has contested the Stand Up Paddleboard division, with the team finishing 10th overall. Alexis finished 11th in the women’s division, after having been narrowly beaten in her second heat on day two.
“I learned a lot as it was my first time competing internationally on a Stand Up Paddle Board. It was a great experience – hopefully I’ll make the team again next year.”
Alexis received support for the trip from the University of Auckland, having been approved for the Mahé Drysdale Sport Support Fund – a fund which provides financial assistance to high performance athletes and teams competing at the highest levels of their sport.
The fund is an acknowledgement of those who combine high performance sport with academic study, an ideal description for Alexis – her characteristics, achievements and academic record have resulted in her being a Profile student for the LLM programme.
Louis Rattray, Director for Sport and Recreation at the University, says students like Alexis are a great example of university students excelling both inside and outside the classroom.
“This is a great achievement for Alexis and I am pleased that we were able to provide some financial support to help make her trip a successful one. To be an elite athlete while keeping up an exemplary academic record, as Alexis has, is a challenge in itself and we will look to provide support where we can, so that these students can reach both their sporting and academic goals.”
The 2014 ISA Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship finished on 12 May, and was the biggest event with record participation, featuring over 250 athletes, from 27 national teams.