CHARLI Shore has got a world title under her belt having returned from the 2017 Nautique World Wake Association (WWA) Wakeboard World Championship.
The 18-year-old travelled to Toronto, Canada, this August and finished up winning her heat to be named the best amateur wakeboarder in the junior women (aged 14-18).
As her final year in juniors, Shore was determined to come away with the win, having finished second in 2015 in her first world championship event.
Her parents, Rikki and Doug, and friends were also in Canada supporting her at this year’s titles.
Her mother Rikki said she was incredibly glad to have been there after missing her first championship.
‘‘She went in to the race determined to win it this year,’’ Shore said.
‘‘It wasn’t an easy thing to pull off and she had to work for it.
‘‘The lake itself was freezing, which made it difficult, but she has the attitude of being able to do anything she puts her mind to.
‘‘Deep down she knew she could win it, and it was pretty amazing to watch her achieve that.’’
Her family lives in Cranbourne, but Shore spends every summer in Echuca-Moama training on the Murray river.
Shore started wakeboarding at the age of 10 after receiving her first wakeboard and was given her introductory lesson by Echuca’s Brett Sands.
She soon joined Wakeboarding Victoria after finding she had a natural gift for the sport and began competing around the state.
From there she progressed to national events and has trained in America for three years and competed in two world events.
Shore now trains in Black Diamond, Sydney, with some of the best young wakeboarders from around Australia and is looking to enter the pro-tour next year.
The championship was a part of the Nautique Wake Series, which was started in 2014 as a way of progressing the sport by offering some of the highest level of competition on the planet.
The series includes Melbourne’s Moomba Masters, contested in each year around March as the first round in the series, which Shore intends to contest again in 2018 having competed several times before.