Burringbar rower wants world title
KHANEY Lakaev is not just Nobel's brother. He too is an Australian with talent.
While brother Nobel, a grand finalist on television variety program Australia's Got Talent, moves around the dance floor Khaney puts in the hard yards on the water.
Having moved to Brisbane to train and study, the Burringbar local rises at 4.30am six mornings a week to train twice a day at the Toowong Rowing Club.
He then ramps up his to six hours of rigorous training on Saturdays and Sundays.
Lakaev's dedication and commitment have paid dividends and after winning three of his four races at the Murwillumbah Rowing Club Regatta on Saturday, the 20-year-old has made it into the preliminary selection for the Queensland State Rowing team for the Eight.
Lakaev was a clear winner in the Division 2 men's Single Skull at the weekend, blitzed the Division 1 men's Quad, was an integral part of the triumphant Division 1 men's Eight and finished runner-up in the Division 1 men's Foursome.
Now the former Burringbar Public and Wollumbin High School pupil has his sights set on representing Australia in future World Championships.
“I'm looking forward to one day succeeding in the World Championships,” Lakaev said this week.
“I want to put Burringbar on the world map.”