Body Boarding Belle- Millie Chalker
Ok so we might be biased because we not only have some of the countries best beaches to call our local, but our region also hosts one of Australia’s largest independent bodyboarding comps – The Jeff Wilcox Memorial.
Right from the beginning Travel Play Live has been supporting women in this sport and we just had to introduce to you our home- grown talent. Millie Chalker has taken to the sport like well, a fish to water and she is now being mentored by Australian champion Lilly Pollard.
We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this pair.
Millie where are you based?
Forster-Tuncurry on the Mid North Coast NSW
How old are you?
How long have you been bodyboarding?
Dad had been pushing me onto the white wash since I was little and I’ve loved the ocean and the beach my whole life, but I only started competing and taking it seriously in the last 18 months.
How did you get involved?
My dad was my biggest reason to get involved in body boarding, always seeing him out in the surf shredding inspired me to give it a go. He has been there every step of the way. He is the one who has taught me everything, from the basics like duck diving to the more complicated things like reading waves and doing tricks.
Favourite bodyboarding location & why?
To be honest I really don’t have a favourite location, just anywhere local that is pumping. But if I really had to choose it would be Tuncurry beach or Bulls Paddock. But as I get older and my skill progress there are many waves around the world that I’d love to surf so I’m sure I’ll have a new favourite in the future.
What is it about bodyboarding that you love?
I love absolutely everything about bodyboarding! It’s great because I just love being in the ocean and the waves. I also love that it’s constantly changing and you will never ever catch two waves the same. Another thing I love about it is that there's nothing better than sharing the waves and the beach with friends.
Recently I had a group coaching session with myself and seven other girls with champion Bodyboarder Lilly Pollard, it was great to see my friends having so much fun doing the sport that I love.
What do you say to young girls out there who might be thinking about trying the sport?
Just give it a go. When you go to the beach next, just catch the whitewash. That’s what I did and I love it! I’m sure all girls would really enjoy it because it’s a unique and isn’t like sports like netball and soccer – it’s different every time you paddle out.
What have been some of your competition highlights so far?
My biggest competition highlight would have to be in the last FTBA (Forster Tuncurry Bodyboarding Association) competition where there wasn’t any boys for me to compete against in my age division so I had to go in juniors against boys that are three years older than me and I ended up knocking one of them out of the competition which got me into the semi finals.
Another highlight would be going in the Open Women's division at the Jeff Wilcox Memorial, surfing against pro women, including the legendary Lilly Pollard.
What are your favourite words to live by?
My favourite quote is, “try your hardest, and if that doesn’t work try harder” I think of this quote if I can’t quite make a trick or do something at school.
Photos: Shane Chalker Photography