Mikayo ‘Kayo’ Mundy was awarded a Tier 1 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program and was paired with Malcolm Page OAM as his Mentor. Mikayo was the first wakeboarder to be a part of the Program.
Kayo was born on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and is a dual Australian-Canadian citizen. He was born into a wakeboarding family and was immediately thrust into the excitement of the sport when, at just two years of age, he was being towed behind a boat in his dad’s arms. Those early years proved to be the perfect platform and by the time he was five, Kayo was already going it alone, but it wasn’t until he was ten years old something sparked and he entered his first competition, Cable Wakeboard Nationals.
In 2016, as a twelve-year-old, Kayo headed overseas to his first international event – the Asia Oceania Championships in Kaohsiung, Taiwan – where he finished third in the U15’s. That same year, with the aid of his dual citizenship, he competed at the Canadian National Championships and won gold the U13 category. He then toured the USA and claimed top spot on the podium at the State of America Games in the U15 category.
Kayo’s travels then landed him in Auckland, New Zealand where he contested the NZ National Championships. As a twelve-year-old in an Open Men’s competition, nobody was quite sure how he would fare, however, any concerns were quickly put to rest as he showed a maturity and skill level well beyond his years to claim first place! He continued to ride the wave of success and finished the 2017 season with another silver medal, this time at the U13 World Wakeboard Titles in Camsur, Philippines.
After an outstanding season, Mikayo returned home and was awarded the Mark Kenney Memorial Award for most promising wakeboarder on & off the water, which remains a lifetime highlight to this day.
In 2018, Mikayo, was ranked as the number one Junior Pro in rounds one (Thailand) and two (UK) of the Plastic Playground World Series and received the Australian Junior Riders Choice Award. Then in 2019 he earned the Junior Pro World Title in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
As he continued traveling and dominating the world wakeboard scene, Kayo was all the while completing his schooling through distance education. This assisted him in maturing and gaining early entry into a Diploma of Film & Screen Media TAFE program. As a success story on and off the board, he was recognised as the North Coast Regional Vocational Student of the Year in 2020. This award fast-tracked his acceptance into university where he is completing a Bachelor of Film & Screen Media; he will graduate at 18 years of age.
Kayo is excited to continue his journey as a successful Wakeboarder and hopes that Cable Wakeboarding will feature on an Olympic Programme soon. He is also looking forward to becoming a respected film industry director.
“To be honest, I’ve watched this Scholarship for ages unsure if I should apply. Cable Wakeboard is not a mainstream sport and to achieve such recognition and have an opportunity to be a part of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame family is a life changing achievement. It is incredible for myself and for this sport in Australia. The funding will allow me to achieve my goals; to maintain my university studies and compete on the World circuit. The access to a sporting legend such as Malcolm, that has walked the path and continued through to help others is exactly what I want to do and will appreciate his knowledge and experience to help me steer through this journey. Bring on 2022!”.” – Mikayo Mundy on being selected as a Tier 1 Scholarship Holder.
- 2016: Asia Oceania Championships, Kaohsiung, Taiwan – bronze, U15
- 2016: Canadian Nationals – gold, U13
- 2016: State of America Games – gold, U15
- 2016: New Zealand Nationals – gold, Open Men’s, age 12
- 2016: U13 World Wakeboard Titles, Camsur, Philippines – silver
- 2017: Mark Kenney Memorial Award Winner – Most Promising Wakeboarder on and off the water Winner
- 2017: IWWF U15 Asia Oceania Championships – Champion, age 13
- 2018: Junior Riders Choice Awards Australia – Winner, age 14
- 2019: WWA U19 Junior Pro Championships – World Champion, age 15
- 2018: Plastic Playground World Series Round 1, Bangkok Thailand – Champion
- 2018: Plastic Playground World Series Round 2, London England – Ranking 1st in Series, Junior Pro U18, age 14
- 2019: WWA World Championships, Playa Del Carmen Mexico – U19 Champion, age 15
- 2019: IWWF World Titles, Campana Argentina – 9th, Pro Division Traditional, age 15