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Canoe/Kayak Sprint Junior & U23 World Championships 2013 Welland (CAN)

Welland 2013 Find all information about the Junior & Under-23 canoe/kayak world champs 2013 in Canadian Welland. The top young canoe/kayak racing athletes can expect a spectacular event right next to the Niagara Falls.
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New Athlete profile by Canoe Niagara: Joana Vasconcelos

Age: 21
Event: Kayak 200m/500m
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 68 kg (149 lbs)
Hometown: Vila Nova de Gaia
Club: Sport Lisboa e Benfica
High School: Escola Secundaria de MontemorĖo-Velho
College/University: Universidade de Coimbra
Area of Study/Major: Sport Science

At what age did you start paddling and how did you become involved in the sport?

I started paddling at the age of 15. I getted involved on this sport by the influence of a friend.

Where and when was your first competition, and how did you do?

My first race was in 2007 at Poland Ė Bydgoszcz. As my first race it was good.

What has inspired you to train and compete at an International level?

At the begin it was the International athletes that inspired me always looking to be as them I always liked Katalin Kovacs.

What is your preference - individual or team boats, and why?

Individual, because I trust a lot in myself and I like to feel my own race.

What race distance do you prefer, and why?

I prefer 500m because itís the distance that I feel better

What has been your biggest accomplishment(s) in the sport?

I was Junior World Champion in 2009 in K1 and 6th in k4 500m at the Olympic Games 2012.

What is the best advice you have been given and who offered it to you?

Always Believe that I am capable.

Tell us about your current training schedule. Describe an average day for you.

Every day in the morning I always go to the water and in the afternoon I have Gym or water and Running.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?

I love go to the Cinema and listen to music. Surf in the internet itís something I like to do either.

Next summer, the Junior and Under 23 World Championships are in Canada, what did you think when you first heard the announcement? Have you been to Canada before?

I had a good reaction since I have made a race there. I Compete in Senior World Championships in 2009 when I was still Junior.

What would you like to do after your Canoe/Kayak career is over?

Have already finished my degree and be Canoeing coach or sports teacher.

What is your favourite thing about the sport of Canoe/Kayak? Do you have any special memory that you would like to share?

I like so much be in contact with the environment thatís my favorite but I also like to feel the competition adrenalin before and after the race.

What is your goal for the 2013 season?

My goal for 2013 season is try to be the best and be able to reach my goals.

What is your dream goal?

My dream goal is to get an Olympic medal.