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Brendan Hoey
May 8, 2017

In The Locker Room With ... Montannah Murray (Marathon Kayaker)

May 8, 2017 by Brendan Hoey

“In the locker room with …”, is a regular series of news articles that will showcase the amazing student athletes that we have amongst our student body here at Western Sydney University. It will allow you to get to know them a little better and give you some insight into the lives of these amazingly talented individuals. This week it is with Montannah Murray (Marathon Kayaker) and we will try to feature a new student each week and ask for you all to get involved by submitting questions you would like to hear answered from the following week’s student athlete. All questions can be sent to Next week’s featured Student Athlete will be Tim Anstee (Australian Rugby 7's Player)
Mini Bio’s can be found about all our Elite Student Athletes by visiting -

What sport do you compete in?
Marathon kayaking, ocean ski racing, surf life saving

Who are you currently playing/competing for?
Cronulla Sutherland Kayak Club, Wollongong Paddlers, Cronulla Surf Club

What course are you studying and when do you expect to graduate?
Bachelor of Health Science (Sport and Exercise Science). Graduate 2018

What has been a highlight to you whilst being a student at Western Sydney University?
Studying the cadavers in the anatomy labs has been my highlight! I love learning about the muscles, bones, organs etc and how they contribute to the way we move and function.

What is your dream job after sport?

Physiotherapist in the army

How did you first get into your sport?
I enjoyed racing the surf ski in Surf Life Saving and decided to give kayaking a go. Now I enjoy doing anything paddling related (surf ski, ocean ski, kayaking)

What other sports did you play as a kid?
Little athletics, swimming, Surf Life Saving

If you had the talent to play any sport you wanted to what would it be?
Tennis, as it is a very physical sport, demanding a lot of mental strength

Who is your sporting idol and why?
Serena Williams, as she is a great sports ambassador for women in sport and shows that different body types can be elite athletes

What is your major goal for the year?
To make the 2017 Australian marathon kayaking team which will go to South Africa in September to compete

Have you had any amazing results so far this year?
NSW U23 marathon kayaking champion, 3rd in U23 K1 and 2nd in open k2 AUS marathon championship, 1st female in makai cup ocean ski race

Do you have a secret talent or party trick?
I paint really good acryllic artworks of the beach

Anyone you wish to give a shout out to that has made your time at Western Sydney University more enjoyable or easier?
Cherylea Browne for helping me with HAP2 and HAP1

Community Question 1 (submitted by M.Murray)
What is you major career achievement so far?
Making in the 2016 AUS marathon kayaking team to compete at the world championships in Brandenburg, Germany in September last year. There I placed 18th in the U23 K1. This was a great achievement for me as I had only been racing competitively in the sport for not even a year!

Community Question 2 (submitted by B M.Murray)
What is your dream travel destination and why?

To travel to Hawaii. I love watching shows like Hawaii five O and seeing how beautiful the Hawaiin islands are. I would absolutely love to go snorkeling, rapid riding and bush walking there

Don't forget, next weeks In The Locker Room chat will be with Tim Anstee (Australian Rugby 7's Player).
If you have any questions you would like to ask Tim, please submit them by emailing