Australian Matt O’Garey “Stellar” Paddler

Matt O’Garey of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia which is about 340 mile North Sydney has been a Stellar sponsored paddler since 2011.  Chris Simpson of Simmocean, Stellar Coffs Coast Dealer, has been one of  Matt’s sponsors.  Matt’s impressive paddling bio is outlined below.  Matt most recently won the Pacific Ocean Series and has raced all season in a SES Ultra.   

PACOS Ocean Series – www.pacificoceanseries.com

Winner of Overall Series  http://blastpaddlers.com/rms/results/show_series/41?site_code=PACOS

See this link for race summary on the last race in this series:   http://pacificoceanseries.com/2012/02/latitude-28-race-report/

Below is an interview with Matt O’Garey with long time friend  Julian Norton-Smith both of Paddling 2 Fitness.  

 

Matt O'Garey in Stellar SES Ultra

 

Matt O'Garey in Stellar SES Ultra

 

Matt O'Garey Bringing it Home

Overall general achievements:

Multiple national medallist –

• Sprint Canoeing

• Outrigger canoeing – both sprint and marathon

 

2 x National Team representative – Sprint Outrigger – (2000 & 2005)

2 x National Team representative – Marathon Outrigger – (2010 & 2011)

3 x state representative – Sprint canoeing

  

Multiple state medallist –

• Surf lifesaving (ski, double ski, iron-man, board, swim etc.)

• Outrigger canoe paddling

• Sprint Canoeing

• Ocean Ski paddling

   

Recent achievements:

2010

1. Hamilton Island Cup – outrigger marathon changes race

3rd Place outright / Open men

 

2. Byron Bay ocean paddle

2nd place outrigger oc1

 

3. National marathon titles – Outrigger oc6

3rd place – Open Men

 

4. National Sprint Titles – outrigger oc6

1st place – Open Men

 

5. Noosa marathon race – outrigger oc6

1st place – Open men

 

6. OC1 Outrigger Marathon National Titles:

5th place – Open Men (qualified me for the National Team).

 

7. Molokai Hoe outrigger world titles:

25th place open men (changes race)

 

OC6 Team

 

2011

1. Canoe/kayak winter marathon series

Race 1 – May 2011

First place ocean ski (2nd outright behind K1)

 

2. Macleay Island Challenge – May 2011

4th place outright

 

3. Coomera Cup – June 2011

3rd open men

 

Matt O'Garey at Coomera Cup 2011

 

 

4. Gold Coast Cup – June 2011

2nd place outright

 

5. Ballina Island Challenge – Oct 2011

1st place outright

 

6. Gold Coast Challenge – Nov 2011

2nd place open men

 

7. Brunswick triangle – Dec 2011

3rd place outright (2nd open men)

 

8. NSW State ocean ski championships:

3rd Place – Open men

  

9. Blast race #2 – Currumbin – Ocean Ski

4th place outright

 

10. Blast race #7 – Gold Coast – K1 Kayak

2nd place outright

  

2012

1. Blast Summer Series

Rose Bay – Jan 2012

2nd place outright

 

2. PACOS Ocean Series – www.pacificoceanseries.com

Winner of Overall Series  http://blastpaddlers.com/rms/results/show_series/41?site_code=PACOS

See this link for race summary on the last race in this series:   http://pacificoceanseries.com/2012/02/latitude-28-race-report/

   

3. Mid North Coast Ocean Series 2011

Race 1

1st place

Race 2

2nd place

Race 3

1st place

 

4. Coffs Coast Ocean Ski Series:

Fastest time in all races entered.

13 November – 12km downwind – fastest time

9 September – out and back race – fastest time

15 October – out and back 16 km – fastest time

Matt is also a coach along with Julian Norton Smith of Paddle2Fitness.

Julian Norton-Smith/Matt O'Garey of Paddle 2 Fitness

 

Courtesy of Paddle 2 Fitness Events

 

Courtesy of Paddle 2 Fitness Events

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About Wesley

Top 10 finisher Blackburn Challenge(20 miles) 2009-2011;Participated since 2003; SurfskiRacing.com Race Series-2nd place finisher 2010,2011; 2009 SurfskiRacing.com Website orginated; 2009,1st person to produce Surf ski informational DVD; 2009,1st person to produce comprehensive Surf ski Comparison Chart; 2005, BCU/ACA Certified Level 3 w/4star training,Open Ocean(both expired); 2004, Participated World Indoor Rowing Championships(Crash B's) since 2004. 2012 Indoor Rowing Foundations 8 Hour Certification Course 1998 Boston Marathon 1997 Baystate Marathon, qualified for Boston Marathon 1997 Vermont City Marathon 1996 Newport Marathon 1983-1991 U.S. Navy - 1st place in in Squadron and Command Physical Fitness Test(sit-ups, pushups, run). 1969-1991 played countless hours of basketball. Work: Pharmaceutical Sales after my 8 years in U.S. Navy