Bendigo teen set to race the wild waters of Europe

BOUND FOR ITALY: Stephen Iser and Maddie Batters at Bendigo's Lake Weeroona before she jets off overseas. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

BOUND FOR ITALY: Stephen Iser and Maddie Batters at Bendigo's Lake Weeroona before she jets off overseas. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

THE wild waters of Europe are waiting for Bendigo paddler Maddie Batters.

The 18-year-old will go head-to-head with the world’s best at the World Wildwater Championships in Italy before competing at World Cup events in Austria.

It’s not the first time Batters has competed overseas, this will be her fourth international event in the past four years.

Batters said she was looking forward to gaining more experience on an international stage.

“Last year at the world seniors event I was around 25th spot and this year I am hoping to get a lot better than that,” she said.

The Catholic College Bendigo student said despite the risky nature of wildwater kayaking she enjoyed the challenge.

“I have done flat water sprints overseas and then last year I did the wildwater stuff for the first time,” she said.

“The wildwater stuff is pretty exciting.

“There is different skills involved for wild water, like reading the river.”

Batters said she has had to travel to train and prepare for her six week European adventure.

She said it was hard to prepare for European events due to the different river sizes.

“I do all my fitness training in Bendigo and I train on flat water a lot here,” Batters said.

“But this past weekend I went to Tasmania on the Mersey River and I did some whitewater training there.

“I do travel a lot.” 

Batters wanted to thank her coach Tony Misson, sponsor Hume and Iser and her parents for their ongoing support.

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