Ashton Reiser is one of New Zealand’s top kayaking talents, currently a member of the NZ Elite Sprint Kayaking team. Having been practicing his water skills since his surf lifesaving career commenced in his teen years, Ashton, now at 21 years of age, currently holds the 2019 Oceania K1 title for 200m sprint and won the New Zealand elite individual crown the same year.
Ashton started kayaking with the North Shore Canoe Club when he was 15, driven by a desire to perfect his paddling technique, with his sights set on kayaking as an Olympic sport, where New Zealand has a long and proud tradition. He wants to follow in the paddling glory of Sir Ian Ferguson and other Kiwi kayaking greats, to get the most out of his potential as one of the world’s top athletes.
Ashton prides himself on being a grounded person, multi-talented at that. When he is not training or kayaking, Ashton is busy studying for a Bachelor of Science at the University of Waikato.