Brad Wiley : Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)
Kayaking / Surf Life-saving
Brad has been involved in surf life-saving and kayaking for a number of years, having grown up near the beach in his hometown of Whakatane. The former Trident High School student has achieved a lot since starting these two disciplines. In 2012 he came first in the Surf Life-saving Nationals U16 Ski Race in Gisborne, and in 2014 was a member of the New Zealand Marathon U18 team who competed in Oklahoma, USA. In 2014 he came first in the U18 K4 200m Canoe Racing New Zealand Nationals, and in 2015 came first in the Surf Life-saving nationals U19 Ski relay race. Brad chose Waikato because of the excellent facilities and opportunities to excel academically and in his disciplines. At the beginning of 2017 Brad competed in the National Surf Lifesaving Championships held in Christchurch where he place 5th and 6th in the two Open Men Short Course and Long Course Canoe Race finals. For Brad, it’s quite clear where he sees himself in 10 years, and that is competing in the Olympics. Over the 2017/18 summer Brad represented the Bay of Plenty at New Zealand Representative Surf Challenge where he received three 1st place finishes and a 4th place finish in the Canoe and a 1st place finish overall with the BOP team.
- New Zealand Rep Challenge 1st Place - 29/01/2018
On the Monday of the Eastern Regional Championships, the New Zealand Rep Challenge was held at Mount Maunganui on the 29th of January. The top selected athletes from the 8 regions across New Zealand came together to battle it out and prove that their region is the best SLS region in New Zealand. This national competition saw the BOP team take out first place over a series of 40+ events. I was selected for the BOP Open Mens Canoe Team which came away with three 1st place finished and a 4th place finish across the four canoe races.