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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: Marton Simon

Name: Marton Simon
Age: 18
Event: K1 1000 m
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Hometown: Walton on Thames
Club: Royal Canoe Club, Elmbridge Canoe Club
High School: Rydens School of Enterprise
College/University: Brunel University
Area of Study/Major: Economics

1. At what age did you start paddling and how did you become involved in the sport?
I started paddling at age 7, partially to get fit and partially because of family backgrounds (both my father and Godfather are canoeing coaches, the latter also ran the canoe club I initially joined).

2. Where and when was your first competition, and how did you do?
My first competition was the Hungarian National Championships 2004 and I came 5th.

3. What has inspired you to train and compete at an International level?
Watching the 2004 Olympics made me determined to be as great, if not greater, than the athletes I saw on screen, and I knew that such a thing could not be achieved without absolute focus, relentless training and international experience.

4. What is your preference - individual or team boats, and why?
Individual boats as a general rule, although I am also interested in trying my worth in a crew boat. In an individual boat I feel that I am in complete control of the situation and that the race depends on no-one but me, unlike in a crew boat.

5. What race distance do you prefer, and why?
1000 meter race is my preferred distance as I feel I am able to put a tactical edge over my competitors on that distance, something which is far more difficult over the other, shorter distances.

6. What has been your biggest accomplishment(s) in the sport?
My biggest accomplishment so far is getting a Bronze medal in the Junior European Championships on the 500 meter K1 in Zagreb.

7. Tell us about your current training schedule. Describe an average day for you.
My current training schedule starts with a morning session around 7:30, either a paddle or a gym. which is followed closely by University, which unfortunately prevents a midday session most of the time. Afterwards I have another session (mostly paddling) around 3pm for an average of an hour and a half.

8. What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Reading, or computer games. If there is no session the next morning I also enjoy going out with m friends.

9. 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 have never before been outside of Europe, so I felt that the race being in Canada just added another layer of motivation for me to make the team.

10. What would you like to do after your Canoe/Kayak career is over?
I would like to settle in the financial sector somehow, working in a bank, or perhaps in the Government.

11. What is your favourite thing about the sport of Canoe/Kayak? Do you have any special memory that you would like to share?
My favorite thing about the sport is that you can always find ways to challenge yourself and others on the water and nevertheless you always leave the water in good spirits no matter the outcome. My only real special memory is the enormous pride I felt every time I stepped on the podium, but especially when I knew I beat international elites to get there.

12. What is your goal for the 2013 season?
To make the senior team in some fashion (either in K1 and K4) and at the same time make the U23 team in K1 and have a great race on both the World and the European Championships.

15. What is your dream goal?
To win Gold in the Olympic games in K1.