GLADSTONE teenagers are taking on the outrigging world, one stroke at a time.

In August four sporting mad students will compete in the World Outrigging Sprint Titles in Canada.

Often likened to canoeing, outrigging involves the athlete paddling in a rigger to compete in either sprint or marathon events.

Representing the under 16s team, Talisha Buttsworth, 16, will wave the flag for St Stephen's Lutheran College in Gladstone while Jack Larson and Jocelyn Anderson, both 15, and Mitchell Hurst, 14, will represent Tannum Sands State School in the event.

Since learning the good news all four students have been fundraising to help pay for their airfares and additional expenses for their trip overseas.

The students have been trying their luck by selling raffle tickets of a framed 30th anniversary State of Origin jersey from 2010.

The students are among 12 Australians competing at the event.

"I think it's very important for students to have an idea of where they want to end up when they leave school," St Stephens Lutheran College teacher Danielle Atkinson said.

As for students looking at pursuing a sporting career while studying, Miss Atkinson said with the right attitude they could achieve anything.

"Although students need to be focused on their career path, they also need to be well rounded and understand that things might not go to plan," she said.

The students will spend one week competing with up to 20 different countries in the World Championships.



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