Kitefoil Olympic Campaign - Hector Paturau

Kitefoil Olympic Campaign - Hector Paturau

Hector was born in 1998 in Mauritius Island and moved over to Perth, Western Australia in 2017 to complete a degree in engineering. He graduated in 2021 with a Master of Professional Engineering specialising in Mechanical Engineering.


Hector was raised in water-sports from a very young age with his parents being elite athletes in water-skiing and windsurfing. He started water-skiing at 4 years old and windsurfing soon after. With the global development of kitesurfing, he started traditional kiteboarding under his mother's supervision in 2009. Throughout school his daily activities and hobbies include kitesurfing, freestyle kiteboarding, surfing, freediving, swimming, wakeboarding, water-ski racing or slalom, and a bit of windsurfing. Hector picked up hydrofoiling with a kite in 2015 with friends. The sport was growing considerably fast and he competed in his first international kitefoiling competition in 2016.


While mainly focusing on university in Australia, he would occasionally participate in kitefoil races and ride recreationally. However, he took the opportunity of entering high performance in 2021 with the Australian Sailing Futures Program. After competing in his first Australian Nationals and winning his first title, Hector was then awarded a scholarship with the Western Australian Institute of Sport for the Sailing Program early 2022. He competed for the first time in Europe for the major kitefoiling events of 2022 and finished 40th at the World Championships.


Hector was selected in the Australian Sailing Squad early 2023 and plans to compete nationally and internationally during the 2023 season. Additionally, he aims to continuously develop and promote this new Olympic sport in the country and encourage young aspiring athletes. Furthermore, Hector aims to continue his performance progress with international racing experience and quality training to qualify Australia for the 2024 Olympic Games. After his first European trip in March/April 2023 for regattas in Palma and Hyères, Hector was nominated to represent Australia for Paris 2024 Olympic Test Event in Marseille in July 2023.


"I'm taking on this Olympic campaign as I really believe that we are designed for challenge, and it is a real honour to take on the best in the world in a sport I am so passionate about. Kitefoiling, in particular, is an exciting and fast-paced sport that requires a unique set of skills and strategy. Campaigning for Olympic kitefoiling not only raises awareness about the sport, but it also gives athletes like me the opportunity to showcase our abilities and compete at the highest level. Additionally, it provides a platform for me to inspire others to take on challenges, overcome obstacles, and pursue their passions. Overall, campaigning for the inclusion of kitefoiling in the Olympics is a way to promote growth and diversity in the world of sports while pursuing personal goals and aspirations." - (Hector)


Competing at high-level in kitefoiling requires a considerable amount of technical, financial, physical, mental and organisational resources. Donations received through this partnership with the Australian Sporting Foundation (ASF) will specifically be directed towards the cost of not only crucial equipment such as kites, but also travel and accommodation costs.

By supporting this fundraising project, donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible. Indeed, the ASF is the only organisation in Australia to have Deductible Gift Recipient status for sport. Every bit of support, regardless of the amount, will be highly valued and immensely assist Hector on his sporting journey. Therefore, we kindly thank you in advance!

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