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Uploaded : 12/03/2015 by Ballyhass Wake Park

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Ellies Story

Meet Ellie, the second of our students introduced to you this week. She gives a great idea of what its like to be on the scholarship.

Name: Ellie
Age: 15
School: Scoil Mhuire Kanturk
Where Are you from: Outside Mallow - Castlemagner/Lombardstown

One sentance your friends would use to describe you? Creative, trustworthy & always up for anything!

The most adventorous thing you have ever done? I havent really done anything relatively adventurous in my life yet? I have a mobile home in Banna & go swimming almost every day. We always watch the tide times & surf forecast to so we can know when the waves will be big. The red flags are put up when its too dangerous to go in but we always do anyway which is more stupid then adventurous but thug life & what not.

The bravest thing you have ever done? Moving schools in 2nd year is the bravest thing I have had to do. I
moved from Colaiste Treasa to Scoil Mhuire. It was a last minute decision, I decided the night before the start of the school year.

Whats the funniest thing that ever happened you? Probably when my friend & I were playing the water game during the summer (You each fill your mouth with water & try & make each other laugh). We were playing this game & she managed to make me laugh so I spat out the water. I soaked myself & her floor. She laughed so hard she actually peed herself.  Every time I think about it I laugh.

Why did you apply to the scholarship? I applied because I love water sports. I have a mobile home in Banna & have spent every summer there for the 
past 14 years. Im in the water almost every day either swimming,  kayaking or paddle boarding. If it was up to me I would spend the whole year there but unfortunately I have to return to school at the end of August. The scholarship was not only an opportunity to take up a new sport but to continue doing a water sport throughout the year. My second reason for applying was probably Transition Year. I got sick during 3rd year & had to quit all sports for a year, this was quite hard as I am a crazy competitive & up until then I had been extremely active. By summer I was well again but coming into TY I knewI would have loads of free time & needed to do something new. Wakeboarding seemed perfect.

What were you feeling when you heard you were on the Scholarship? I was actually at the dentist when our P.E teacher announced who had got the scholarship. I had gotten braces so when I arrived back at school everyone was poking my face & commenting on whether they suited me or not. They forgot to tell me about the scholarship. It wasnt  till later in the day when someone congratulated me (I presumed they were mocking me about my braces) one of my friends actually told me. I was beyond happy because I honestly didnt think I would get it. I didnt actually have anyone to tell because everyone knew before I did.

Two weeks in how are you finding it? What are the hardiest & easiest things about it? So far Im loving it but the water is beyond cold! Besides the cold water though it's really good & I find I am picking it up quicker then I would have expected. I thought the simple things like learning heel-side & toe-side would be trickier & take more time but it was quite easy. The hardiest thing is the cold. It's hard to stay concentrated when you feel like your fingers are about to fall off.

Are you learning a lot about Wakeboarding from being on the scholarship?
Before the scholarship I knew that Ballyhass had a wakepark but I knew nothing about it. I have learnt a lot about the sport & come to realise how popular it actually is. Unlimited search results come up when you Google cable wakeboarding. I spend my evening on YouTube just watching some of the pro wake boarders. Their skill is amazing & some of their tricks are crazy. Pros seem to have a particular dress sense with most of them wearing brands like Billabong & O' Neills. Wakeboarding is a massive sport & its growing fast!

Do you find learning wakeboarding hard or easy or both? Learning to wakeboard is both easy & hard. In the beginning you pick things up easily enough. I got standing on my first go & I thought I was amazing but I soon realised as you progress things don't come to you as easily. Corners for me were really difficult. I had a mental block against corners. As soon as I came close to a corner my brain would just shutdown. But as soon as I got it, it all just came together & I got it.

How does it feel trying to get to your obstacle standard? I am very close to obstacle standard . I'm excited about going over my first obstacle but I will be scared when the time comes. I am accident prone & will probably end up hurting myself. I'm getting bored of doing ollies & switches so I'm excited. It's a challenge but I can't wait just to try it. Its hard to be excited about going wakeboarding when it's this cold. I have gone surfing at the beach in October & that was freezing but the lakes are even colder. It's really refreshing though & gives you an adrenaline rush so you forget about the cold. Although the cold is awful it's worth it & gives you a buzz.

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