“Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it” – Peter Pan
Bernadette Wallace, 24, is determined to break all the boundaries of womens sprint kayaking. Her experience with a blade, self motivation, work ethic and ability to fearlessly take on her opponents promises success and delivery.
“Be honest with yourself, with every effort, with every stroke … because when it counts, the clock will never lie” – Bernadette Wallace
Wallace has her sights set on Gold and is eager to set new standards along the way, aiming to shave down the worlds best times. During the 2012/13 season alone she picked up a 7th and 10th place in at the ICF Sprint World Championships in a hot post Olympic team boat field as well as two World Cup Golds, four National titles, five QLD Canoeing State titles and many more.
Wallace’s skills extend beyond the flat water as she is also heavily involved in surf life saving. She has medalled numerous times in both State and Australian Life Saving Championships. Wallace is rated amongst the best in the world for ski paddling. Her love of team events has seen many successes in taplin relays, ski relays, R&R, Patrol Teams and the double skis. Her love of blade sport also saw her place 3rd in the 2010 Na Wahine O Ke Kai, Molokai crossing in the 6 man outrigger event (team of ten).
“I’m not paddling for the medals, the titles or the accolades…for me its about being able to sleep at night because I have no unanswered questions. To take a deep breathe and know truly that I have no doubt I gave my everything to the fight” – Bernadette Wallace
Keep up to date on all of Bernadette’s upcoming events and results on Australian Canoeing’s ‘Team Australia – Sprint/Slalom‘ Facebook page.
Header Images – Balint Vekassy (ICF)