2016 proved to be a huge year not without it's challenges. At the start of the year I secured a scholarship in the WAIS (WA Institute of Sport) program which was really exciting. With my sights set on winning the World Sailing Youth World Cup spot for Australia I trained hard ahead of the deciding selection regatta in Brisbane. Winning convincingly I turned my attention the the ILCA Youth World Championships in Ireland my first international competition in the Laser Radial. I won! This was very exciting and I'll never forget my team mates hoisting my boat out the water with me on it chanting Aussie Aussie Aussie!
On returning home I began to feel unusually tired and was diagnosed with glandular fever. It was so frustrating as I was unable to train for upcoming major competitions that included Sail Melbourne and my Youth World Cup event in New Zealand. Under the circumstances I was pleased to achieve a place in the medal race and a credible 7th at the Youth World cup.