Cabrera inspired to reach golden heights after Commonwealth Games

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Cabrera is British U18 champion in the men’s K4 5000m, while he finished ninth in the world in the same discipline

British canoeing prodigy Benji Cabrera is a man on a mission, having revealed his seismic ambitions for gold medal success, having been inspired by the Commonwealth Games, writes Chris Byfield.

The 22nd Commonwealth Games are now underway, with over five thousand athletes, representing 72 nations and territories, gathering in Birmingham to compete for gold.

Although paddling is not included in the Games, the Truro star Cabrera said he was “inspired” by the 11-day flagship event.

“Everyone at this time of year is training for the Commonwealth Games, so knowing that all the best in the world are there to give it their all – I find that really inspiring,” said the 18-year-old, who is a member of Aldi’s Rising Stars, a program that supports 20 young athletes by offering a financial reward to help defray training and competition costs, while providing personal development opportunities for many athletes through workshops.

“I managed to get access to a lake and I’m reaching this running speed. I see every part of my training fitting together like a puzzle. It’s almost there. »

Each year, athletes are nominated to SportsAid by the national governing bodies of over 60 sports, based on established criteria.

Rising Stars athletes will receive financial support through Aldi as well as a monthly food voucher, to fuel them during training, competitions and future Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For Cabrera, the goal is to compete for Team GB at the Olympics, and that is a tangible ambition.

After showing up at Fowey River Canoe Club, Cabrera finished first at the British Open National Championships in the Under-18 K4 5k, while he was ninth in the Under-18 category at the World Marathon Championships. .

He said: “Every athlete’s ultimate dream is to go to the Olympics and I really want to do that.

“I used to watch the Olympics before I got into fitness and sports and even then I would watch them and feel like I was at the Games.

“When I watch the Olympics, it’s a whole different thing from watching football on TV – it’s four years of hard work that turns into five or ten minutes of sporting activity.

“Just watching other people achieve their dreams, and most of the time people come from relatively little – it just goes to show that if you put your mind to it and put that much effort into it, it’s doable.”

In the short term, Cabrera is to study product design at the University of Nottingham.

However, the young athlete trains six days a week and has set his sights far beyond the amphitheater.

He said: “Five years from now I see myself going to a world championship, to the 500k team and just smashing it, and hopefully making a final, top five maybe? Even a medal?

British canoeing prodigy Benji Cabrera is a man on a mission, having revealed his seismic ambitions for gold medal success after being inspired by the Commonwealth Games.

The 22nd Commonwealth Games are now underway, with over five thousand athletes, representing 72 nations and territories, gathering in Birmingham to compete for gold.

Although paddling is not included in the Games, the Truro star Cabrera said he was “inspired” by the 11-day flagship event.

“Everyone at this time of year is training for the Commonwealth Games, so knowing that all the best in the world are there to give it their all – I find that really inspiring,” said the 18-year-old, who is a member of Aldi’s Rising Stars, a program that supports 20 young athletes by offering a financial reward to help defray training and competition costs, while providing personal development opportunities for many athletes through workshops.

“I managed to get access to a lake and I’m reaching this running speed. I see every part of my training fitting together like a puzzle. It’s almost there. »

Each year, athletes are nominated to SportsAid by the national governing bodies of over 60 sports, based on set criteria.

Rising Stars athletes will receive financial support through Aldi as well as a monthly food voucher, to fuel them during training, competitions and future Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For Cabrera, the goal is to compete for Team GB at the Olympics, and that is a tangible ambition.

After showing up at Fowey River Canoe Club, Cabrera finished first at the British Open National Championships in the Under-18 K4 5k, while he was ninth in the Under-18 category at the World Marathon Championships. .

He said: “Every athlete’s ultimate dream is to go to the Olympics and I really want to do that.

“I used to watch the Olympics before I got into fitness and sports and even then I would watch them and feel like I was at the Games.

“When I watch the Olympics, it’s a whole different thing from watching football on TV – it’s four years of hard work that turns into five or ten minutes of sporting activity.

“Just watching other people achieve their dreams, and most of the time people come from relatively little – it just goes to show that if you put your mind to it and put that much effort into it, it’s doable.”

In the short term, Cabrera is to study product design at the University of Nottingham.

However, the young athlete trains six days a week and has set his sights far beyond the amphitheater.

He said: “Five years from now I see myself going to a world championship, to the 500k team and just smashing it, and hopefully making a final, top five maybe? Even a medal?

Aldi is the official supermarket partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB and has been a partner of Team GB since 2015, ParalympicsGB since 2022 and will support them until Paris 2024

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