Carla Papac






2020/2021 SERIES




Name: Carla Papac
Competitive club: Wanda SLSC
Original Club: Cronulla SLSC
Best round of 2020/21: Round 3 - 11th
Best series finish: 20th in the 19/20 Nutri-Grain Series
Aussie title(s):  2016 - U19 Ironwoman


Representing the Cronulla beaches on Sydney’s south, Carla Papac has been involved in surf lifesaving since she was 6 years old. After winning her first Ironwoman Aussie Title in 2016, her next goal was to pursue the Coolangatta gold and Nutri-Gran Series. Papac placed 7th among the IronWomen in the 2019 Coolangatta Gold, and now has the oppitunity to mark her on the 20/21 Nutri-Grain Series.  Out of the surf, Papac enjoys giving back to the community through her roles as an exercise physiologist, beach lifeguard and swimming instructor.

Carla, how old were you when youstarted surf lifesaving and why?

8 years old. My parents put me into Nippers as I was doing a lot of water sports.

Who was your hero growing up in and out of surf lifesaving?

My biggest inspirations would be my parents.

Dad teaches me to work hard and Mum teaches me how to control me own mind.

What is the best piece of advice that you have ever been given?

“Don’t tell yourself that it will be hard,” – Trevor Hendy

Your advice for aspiring Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain athletes?

Be consistent, make sacrifices and find balance.

What do you think about during a race?

I think about how I’m going to catch up and sing songs in my head.

Carla, what has been a high and low in your IronWoman journey?

High: Winning an Aussie Ironwoman title in 2015

Low: I have had a few knee injuries that I have had to overcome.

Do you have any secret talents?

I can speak Spanish and have to ability to always be late.

Do you have any race day superstitions?

I do a set of stretches just after I wake up.