Rebecca Mann

Nicknames: Bec, Becca, Beaker

Place of birth: Goomaling, WA.

Please list your sporting career highlights:

  • 1st Junior WK1 500m at National Championships 2013                                                    
  • 8th Junior WK1 500m at Junior World Championships 2013                                                           
  • Australian Junior Canoeist of the Year 2013 (Olympic Division)
  • 1st U23 WK2 500m at National Championships 2014                                                         
  • 1st U23 WK4 500m at National Championships 2014                                                        
  • 8th U23 WK4 500m at U23 World Championships 2014

At what age did you start seriously training and competing in your sport(s)?

Age 15.

What (and/or who) got you started in the sport?

My dad was involved in the sport and he introduced me to it when I was very little.

Are other family members involved in sport?

My dad and younger brother.

Who has been the biggest influence in your sporting career?

My dad. He helps me out a lot. He was my coach when I was in my early teens and he attends most of my regattas to support me. Also he pays all my bills.

Who has been the biggest influence in your academic life?

So far in my journey, it has to be my year 12 teachers. They put in a lot of extra time to help me out, especially when I missed classes because of paddling. I wouldn't have got into the course I wanted if It hadn't been for them.

Do you support any other sport and/or teams?

I like AFL and basketball. I also follow the other disciplines of kayaking such as slalom, whitewater and marathon. I myself am a sprint kayaker.

How do you relax? Do you have other life interests outside of your sport? 

Sport and Uni take up most of my time, but when I do find a spare moment, I like to cook, listen to music or go out with friends.

What is one thing that might surprise readers to learn about you?

I have two cats, 3 chickens and a worm farm.

What is your favourite food?  Movie? Music/performer?

Favourite food – yoghurt

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Wear your cap backwards, it'll make you go faster.

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

'Don't quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' – Muhammad Ali.