30th November 2010
star is riding high...
gave him an inflatable surfboard as a 13th birthday present…
now Ronan Oertzen is on the real thing and on the crest of a wave.
And to mark
his progress to becoming one of Ireland’s top surfers, the
now 20-year-old is a winner in the Belfast Telegraph’s Emo
Sports Awards, sponsored by the leading oil company in partnership
with the Mary Peters Trust.
been in the top two in every national event. He has also been
in the leading ten at European level and in the top 40 in world
home is in south Belfast, but his surfing schedule has taken him
to several countries, from Australia, Costa Rica and Morocco,
to the Canary Islands, France and Spain.
mix with academia and he has decided to study for a science degree
at the Institute of Technology in Sligo, just to be near super
surfing beaches like Tulland Strand at Bundoran, and Strandhill.
“My ambition is to be a professional, competitive surfer.
I’ve been involved in sports including football, GAA, hockey
and swimming, but there’s nothing like surfing.
can be dangerous, but when your technique is right and the waves
are right it’s absolutely exhilarating.”
The Emo Sports Awards in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust
are open to young sportsmen and women from the age of 12. You
can nominate yourself or apply through a parent, coach, club or
governing body. Each month’s £400 winner will be featured
in the Belfast Telegraph.
Full details from governing
bodies or on the trust website www.marypeterstrust.org