Matt O'Garey (Australia)
Matt was introduced into a Sprint K1 at the age of 13 and have been passionate about paddling ever since. Sprint Canoeing went hand in hand with surf lifesaving, ski paddling and in recent years Ocean Ski Paddling. Matt was fortunate to grow up with family and close friends that shared this passion and were active in ski paddling, sprint canoeing and surf lifesaving. He was surrounded by coaches and peers that taught him about the disciplines of training, rewards of competing and the love of all things associated with paddling.
Matt has been paddling for Stellar since 2010 and we are enormously fortunate to have him as part of our team and an ambassador for the sport. Matt is currently racing and training in our SES and Apex K1 where you can frequently see him training and gearing up for the next big event!
Currently, ocean ski racing dominates his calendar and including some great results such as back to back series wins in the PACOS ocean series in 2011/2012 & 2012/2013 as well as regular podium finishes up and down the east coast of Australia. Matt is a multiple Molokai World Championship veteran. In 2012, he finished in the top 15 outright and with some demons to settle, returned in 2013 to finish on the podium and in 2nd place in the 40-49 Category!