Fernando PIMENTA (POR)

PTPortugal
Date of birth:
13 August 1989
Languages:
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Federation:
FEDERAÇÃO PORTUGUESA DE CANOAGEM
Fernando Pimenta (POR)

Biography

Further Personal Information

WEBSITE
http://www.fernandopimenta.com
PLACE OF RESIDENCE
Ponte de Lima
OCCUPATION
Athlete, Student
HIGHER EDUCATION
Health Studies - Fernando Pessoa University: Ponte de Lima
WHEN/WHERE DID YOU START CANOEING/ KAYAKING?
He took up the sport at age 11 at Clube Nautico de Ponte de Lima in Portugal
REASON FOR TAKING UP THE SPORT
"I thought it would be a new experience and I wanted to do something with my free time during summer."
HOBBIES
Cycling, swimming, running, watching films, eating out with friends
CLUB
Clube Nautico de Ponte de Lima: Portugal
NAME OF COACH
Helio Lucas Araujo [club]; Jose Sousa [club]
MEMORABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
Winning silver in the K2 1000m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London
SPORTING PHILOSOPHY/ MOTTO
"Your dreams command your life." (sapo.com, 16 Apr 2014)
AWARDS AND HONORS
In May 2015 he was named Grand Official of the Order of Prince Henry in Portugal. (fernandopimenta.com, 27 May 2015)He was named the 2014 Male Athlete of the Year by the Portuguese Canoeing Federation [FPC]. The award was shared with Emanuel Silva, Joao Ribeiro and David Fernandes. (sporting.pt, 13 Feb 2015)He was the flag bearer for Portugal at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (fernandopimenta.com, 27 May 2015)He won a Portuguese Golden Globe for Best Male Sportsperson in 2012. The award was shared with Emanuel Silva. He was a finalist for the same award in 2015 but lost out to footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. (atelevisao.com, 19 May 2013; ominho.pt, 16 May 2016)
OTHER INFORMATION
NATIONAL FIRST He and Emanuel Silva became the first Portuguese sprint paddlers to win a medal at the Olympic Games. The pair claimed silver in the K2 1000m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Aug 2015; Facebook page, 08 May 2016)