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Tyler Wright back home in Australia to celebrate world surfing title

Australia’s newest world champion was mobbed by family and friends at Sydney Airport on Saturday morning after arriving home from Europe barely two days after stamping herself as the world’s best female surfer.
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After traversing four airports in 35 hours since winning her maiden world title, Tyler Wright was greeted by a crowd of those closest to her, many of them wearing the surfing jersey she so successfully sported this year.

Wright etched her name in surfing history early on Thursday morning when she became Australia’s seventh women’s world champion after a harrowing 12 months during which she lost her uncle, and her brother Owen suffered a brain injury.

She joins good friend Stephanie Gilmore, Layne Beachley, Chelsea Georgeson, Pauline Menczer, Wendy Botha and Phyllis O’Donnell to have conquered the world, but an emotional Wright said she’d give up her world title in an instant if it meant bringing her uncle back.

“I’d do anything, I’d give it back if it meant that he was here,” the world champion said. “I love that man a lot. To be honest, he’s one of the main reasons why I’m in this position today.”

The 22-year-old left the airport in a limousine and plans to spend the weekend celebrating her win with close family and friends, but she admits the gravity of her triumph is yet to fully sink in.

“It doesn’t even feel like cloud nine. I don’t feel too different, I generally just feel like me,” Wright told Fairfax Media.

“I’m the same person I was three days ago, doing the same things with the same people except we’ve just got a bigger reason to celebrate now, I guess.”

Wright announced herself to the surfing world aged just 14 when she beat the best in the world to claim the Layne Beachley Classic.

Since then she’s rocketed up the pecking order, and after a few near misses in the past four years she has opted to bring in a new coach, Glenn Hall from the Central Coast, to help her reach the pinnacle.

No one in the surfing world was surprised to see Wright finally standing atop the championship podium this week.

“I always knew I would win a world title,” she said. “It was just a matter of deciding I was ready to do it. I’ve grown up a lot in the last year, and because of that I decided that it was time to put my mind to it, to really throw everything into it – and now that I’m here, I feel like it’s right where I should be.

“It hasn’t come too soon and it hasn’t come too late.

“It was definitely just doing the thing that I love, and that was surfing and doing it really well and learning as much as I can this year with a new coach.

“Having a world title in my hands doesn’t change anything. We’re still the same family up to the same shenanigans, out being hooligans.

“I mean, look at them back there, wearing jerseys and causing a ruckus. It’s a family I’m so happy I’m a part of.”

Wright said she was yet to even contemplate next year’s world tour, or the prospect of competing for Olympic gold in four years at the Tokyo Games.

“I’ve always been very content with where I’m at on that day,” she said. “I’m very happy with what I’ve done so far and I’ll just keep doing what I want to do pretty much and have the career that I want.”

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