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Our ‘Queen of Cloudbreak’ Needs $$$ To Compete

As a female role model in Fiji, we ask for your support in her journey in realising her dream. She is forever grateful for any assistance she will receive in the form of either cash or kind and she thanks her parents, coaches and her supporters for their continuous support and assistance so far.
08 Mar 2022 16:40
Our ‘Queen of Cloudbreak’ Needs $$$ To Compete
Keisha Wakeham, 16, looks for funds to enable her to compete in surfing competitions in Australia. Photo: Fiji Surfing

Keisha Wakeham is a 16-year-old who is passionate about surfing as a sport.

When she’s not surfing, she’s attending school at Andhra Sangam College in Sigatoka.

She has three siblings and began surfing at the age of nine.

 

Since then she’s participated in various competitions both locally and abroad.

She’s travelled and competed internationally in Japan in September 2017, Vanuatu in April 2018, United States of America in November 2018 and Australia in April 2019.

In June 2019, at the age of 13, she won a local competition by the Fiji Surfing Association (FSA) and became the Queen of Cloudbreak as our top woman surfer.

Keisha Wakeham, Queen of Cloudbreak as our top woman surfer.

Keisha Wakeham, Queen of Cloudbreak as our top woman surfer. Photo: Fiji Surfing

She was also very fortunate to be exposed to Carissa Moore for two weeks in December 2019 when she was chosen to go to Hawaii on a global exchange programme.

Moore is an American professional surfer and the 2020 first Olympic champion for women and five times World Champion for the years 2011, 2013, 2015, 2019 and 2021 for the World Surfing League (WSL).

After that exposure and her experiences so far, Keisha is now more determined and has every intention of becoming a professional in this sport and to represent Fiji on an international level.

 

She now has the opportunity to compete in Australia again in March and May, this year in eight separate competitions organised by the WSL.

The competitions begin March 12. Keisha was also fortunate to have obtained the ISA (International Surfing Association) scholarship this year so she has initial funding for the competitions however, it is not enough to cover all her expenses.

Surfing is an expensive sport and so her family has had to make sacrifices along the way to make it possible.

 

They moved from Nadi to the coral coast to be closer to the waves.

She practically surfs everyday to perfect and hone her surfing skills.

Her family and friends have organised a Go Fund Me initiative to assist her, in this regard.

Keisha Wakeham.

Keisha Wakeham.

As a female role model in Fiji, we ask for your support in her journey in realising her dream.

She is forever grateful for any assistance she will receive in the form of either cash or kind and she thanks her parents, coaches and her supporters for their continuous support and assistance so far.

The link to the Go Fund Me initiative can be found below:
– GoFundMe: Support Kiesha Represent Fiji World Junior Surf

 

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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