Mark Mono Stewart Australia's Newest World Champion
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The World Adaptive Championships have wrapped up in California and Australia has a new World Champ and a team of absolute legends. Mark 'Mono' Stewart has won his second consecutive AS2 Stand/Kneel title after scoring 15.50 to beat the final field of four in La Jolla.
“Last year was great but this year even more special, mainly because I have seen so much progression in our sport this year and the amount of young people coming up and taking on what the older surfers are teaching them and that’s what it is all about.”
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“Getting our youth involved now so when we get in the Paralympics we will be ready to show the world what can be done,” Stewart told ISA commentator Todd Klein.
Barney Miller, who released his first major film this year with his wife, You & Me, –about the injury that debilitated him and his road to recovery and learning to walk and surf again – made his debut at the ISA World Adaptive Games in the AS5 Assist Final. He narrowly missed out on a maiden title but was stoked with the whole experience. "I get to live a dream of representing my country a the ISA World Adaptive Surf Championships...thanks to everyone for their support so far." Miller said on social media.
In other results Matt Formston finished third in the AS Vi Visually Impaired division, Jade 'Red' Wheatley finished third in the ASQ Stand/Kneel division and former Paralympian, Dave Monk made it through to round 2 in the AS3 Standup division.
Overall team Australia came in fourth behind Brazil, USA and Chile.
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