Ellis overcomes Lyme disease to return to surfing
THE Jetts Fitness Senior Sportsperson of the Month is Wooleweyah longboarder Di Ellis. A keen shortboard surfer as a teenager, Ellis took up longboarding three years ago when a friend of her daughter Lily encouraged them to go along to a Clarence Head Longboarders event.
"It's a really great club that we have," Ellis said.
"Trips away to Scotts Head and Crescent Head have become a bit of a ritual. They're a big family gathering and everyone has fun. My daughter got really good at longboarding so I got addicted to it."
Since then Lily won a national junior title in 2014 and this year mum finished third in the Over-35 Women's Division at the recent Australian Surfing Festival.
It was an outstanding achievement for Ellis considering she very nearly didn't enter the NSW Championships hosted at Yamba, which served as a qualifier for nationals, due to her ongoing battle with Lymes Disease.
"I haven't really surfed much for a whole year because I've been having intensive Lyme Disease treatment," she said.
"It's natural therapy and works really well but makes me very tired.
"I suppose I've been doing a lot of filming over the last year with Clarence Head Longboarders and that might be why I am surfing well. "I'm watching what other people are doing and learning more."