Erin BakerErin, 15, is a competitive kayaker and fulltime high school student. Prior to taking up kayaking a year ago, she was an able-bodied competitive swimmer for six years, but was forced out of the sport after having spinal surgery for severe scoliosis.

Erin currently uses a borrowed K1 kayak and will be putting her grant towards buying one of her own for use in training and competitions.

The year 10 student from Mermaid Waters also plays hockey and water polo.