Get Danielle to World Champs
Cantabrian Danielle Currie needs your help to get her to Canoe Sprint World Champs in 2015 and ultimately to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Danielle is a rising star, having been selected into the New Zealand Junior Representative Team every year since 2011.
Christchurch Born And Bred
Twenty-year-old Danielle is from Christchurch, New Zealand. Involved in Surf Life Saving since she was 7, she changed to Canoe Sprint four years ago to fuel her passion and drive to succeed in an Olympic-level sport.
Despite her hectic schedule balancing training, work and study, Danielle still manages to do volunteer Surf Living Saving at her local club.
Danielle is currently in her final year of a National Diploma in Quantity Surveying at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.
Danielle works part-time at Christchurch Bakers Gerry's Wraps to help pay her way.
Danielle’s highest achievement to date is representing New Zealand at all three Junior International Canoe Federation World Championships, placing 6th in the World in 2013 for the K4 500m discipline.
Danielle has also gained two U23 National Titles and won the both the U18 and U23 K1 1000m New Zealand National Titles.
Canoe Racing New Zealand has reselected Danielle for its High Performance Squad for the 2014/2015 season, as part of High Performance Sport New Zealand's support programme for promising world-class athletes.
Your Help Counts
To succeed at world-class level for future selection at national and Olympic levels, training requires world-best coaches, equipment and environments, all of which cost money.
This year's training ahead of the World Champs is in Hungary, where the NZ squad will train and compete with the Hungarian team for three weeks before going to the World Champs in Portugal.
This training is essential to prepare for the World Champs.
To get there, Danielle needs help with:
- Flights – US$3050 (NZ$4000)
- Accommodation and meals - US$1980 (NZ$2600)
- Uniforms - US$340 (NZ$450)
- Paddles - US$650(NZ$850)
Can you help? Danielle would be grateful for any donations, no matter how small.
Sponsors are also very welcome.
Danielle (second from left) at last year's World Champs in Hungary, with other members of New Zealand's U23 500 K4 team and its coach: Kim Thompson, Kayla Imrie, Lucy Johnson and Gergely Gyertyános.
Help Inspire Future Generations
Danielle's inspiration when growing up was New Zealand’s most successful Olympian, Ian Ferguson, who won two Gold Medals at two successive Olympics.
More recently, 2012 London Olympic Gold Medallist, Lisa Carrington inspired Danielle to go for her dream to get to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
With your help, and Danielle's hard work and grit, she could be our next Olympian representing New Zealand, inspiring future generations of Kiwis to give it a go.
Be Part Of Danielle's Support Team
Danielle says she wouldn't be where she is without the help of many people, including but not limited to her family and her Coach Leigh Barker: “Leigh gave up many hours of his own time to coach us in the cold and dark and kept us going when it got tough.”
Image courtesy Mat Kermeen/Fairfaz NZ
Danielle (right) pictured with fellow Cantabrian Lucy Johnson, training on the Avon last year before the under-23 World Champs in Hungary. This year's World Champs are in Portugal.
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Thanks for taking the time to read Danielle's story and please support her with a donation or sponsorship.
Select A Support Level
$20Email of thanksDanielle will email you to thank you for your kind donation.
$35Autographed photoDanielle will send you an autographed photo of herself in thanks.
$50Postcard from DanielleDanielle will post you an autographed postcard thanking you for your donation.
$100Help with Canoe Sprint TechniqueEmail your training footage to Danielle so she can give you some feedback on your technique and things you could do to improve.
$200Personal training sessionAn hour's training on the Avon with Danielle during which she will give you feedback on your technique and potential ways to improve.