Teresa Portela: “Being in Paris 2024 would be something incredible”

The canoeist Teresa Portela, a silver medalist in K1 200 meters in Tokyo, said that she still sees “a long way off” the possibility of playing the next Olympic Games in Paris 2024, although she dreams with reaching his seventh Olympic event in the French capital.

“Now I still see it very far, but dreaming of being able to be in Paría is already something incredible. The strengths give me the results, they are the motivation I need to keep training and keep improving, and this medal has given me a lot of motivation, “said the paddler from Cangas de Morrazo during the presentation of the Woman Kayak program of the Spanish Federation with the Xunta.

After years preparing alone under the command of Daniel Brage, Portela will work in this new Olympic cycle with the entire national team that will be led by the coach who has accompanied her in recent times., which increases the options that can compete in K2 or K4 because the 200 meter test in K1 disappears in Paris.

“Until now I was considering it,” said the kangaroo, for whom the The national team to have its new base in the Galician Center for Sports Technification (CGTD) in Pontevedra instead of in the REAR in Seville is “perfect”. “With my daughter in school, it was not going through my head that I had to go to Seville or Madrid,” he said.

The Selection of kayak, in Pontevedra

In fact, the Women’s kayak team will prepare for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games at the Verducido David Cal Canoeing Center, located in the Pontillón de Castro reservoir (Pontevedra). Sara Ouzande, Laia Pelachs, Begoña Lazkano, Miriam Vega, Mireia Vázquez and Carolina García will work alongside paddler Teresa Portela, silver medalist in K-1 200 meters in Tokyo, under the command of Daniel Brage, trainer of the Cangas canoeist in recent years.

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Two Young Galician promises, Lara Feijoo and Irene Lata, will also be part of the elite group led by Brage, although neither of them is part of the three-way agreement, which includes accommodation and meals for the six international paddlers. It will be the second time in history that the women’s kayak team prepares an Olympic cycle in Pontevedra after that of Beijing 2008, the last curiously of Portela in a group since the last three (London 12, Rio de Janeiro 16 and Tokyo 2020) he prepared them alone.

The Spanish Canoeing Federation (RFEP) signed an agreement with the General Secretariat for Sports of the Xunta and the Galician Federation for the national team to move its base from the REAR in Seville to the Galician Center for Sports Technification (CGTD). ANDhe agreement for the development of the ‘Woman Kayak’ Program has an approximate cost of about 230,000 euros, of which 105,000 will be assumed by the RFEP and the remaining 125,000 by the Galician Government.

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