Medal-winning dreams for Chilean Junior
Natalia Sánchez Rojas (JW1+, CHI) participates for the third time in the World Rowing Junior Championships. The fifteen-year-old girl is the current South American Junior Champion in the single and started rowing when she was 10 years old.
World Rowing: My sporting hero is…
Natalia Sanchez Rojas: Frida Svensson, the Swedish sculler.
WR: I row because…
NSR: My uncles Marcelo and Alejandro Rojas, are both rowers. They competed in the men’s double sculls at the Olympics in 1988 in Seoul. So I have been in touch with rowing really early on in life and I wanted to do it as well.
WR: My goal in rowing is….?
NSR: I would like to go on in the JW1x and try to improve my rowing skills. I know that I still have two years to go in the Junior level and my main goal is to win a medal.
WR: On the erg, I listen to…..?
NSR: A bit of everything. Mostly electronic or pop music.
WR: I’m most relaxed when…?
NSR: I am mostly relaxed. The only time I get nervous is before regattas.
WR: My least favourite training session is…
NSR: I hate 2000m on the erg.
WR: My favourite training session is…
NSR: I like to row long distances.
WR: My favourite subject is….
NSR: Biology. I find it really interesting and would love to study medicine after school.
WR: In 10 years time I will…
NSR: I will still be rowing. Hopefully preparing for Olympics.
WR: My toughest race…
NSR: The races during the World Junior Championships last year in Racice were the hardest ones.
WR: I’m motivated by….
NSR: I get motivated by the idea of winning the World Championships.
WR: A typical day….
NSR: I normally get up at 6am and go to school. When it ends at 4pm, I go straight to the rowing club where I train. When I come back home around 8pm I am really tired. But I still manage to study as much as possible. Sometimes before important regattas I need to train twice in the day as well.
WR: I get annoyed when…?
NSR: People are not right on time.
WR: My favourite boat to row is …?
NSR: The single. I have never raced in another boat.