Javier REJA (ESP)

ESSpain
Age:
47 years
Languages:
Spanish
Federation:
REAL FEDERACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE PIRAGÜISMO
Javier Reja (ESP)

Biography

Further Personal Information

NICKNAME
Javi
BIOGRAPHY
RankEventYearLocationResult
World Championships
1V1 200m TA2013Duisburg, GER56.111
2VL22016Duisburg, GER53.909
2VL22015Milan, ITA52.205
5V1 200m TA2014Moscow, RUS52.554
8KL22016Duisburg, GER48.626
14KL22015Milan, ITA47.791
PLACE OF RESIDENCE
Seville, Spain
HIGHER EDUCATION
University of Seville, Spain - electronic technician
WHEN/WHERE DID YOU START CANOEING/ KAYAKING?
He took up the sport in 2011.
REASON FOR TAKING UP THE SPORT
He practised powerlifting, Para swimming, Para cycling and Para triathlon before focusing on Para canoe, after seeing some paddlers on the Guadalquivir river in Seville, Spain. He first paddled on a kayak, but then switched to canoe due to problems in his hip. "Canoeing is like a suit that fits me well." (marca.com, 19 May 2016; avancedeportivo.es, 23 Sep 2013)
HOBBIES
Spending time with family, football and food
CLUB
Nautic Seville
NAME OF COACH
Jose Carlos
NATIONALITY OF YOUR COACH
Spain
SINCE WHEN HAVE YOU BEEN COACHED BY HIM/ HER?
always
SENIOR INTERNATIONAL DEBUT YEAR
2013
SENIOR INTERNATIONAL DEBUT COUNTRY
Portugal
SENIOR INTERNATIONAL DEBUT COMPETITION
European Champtionships
SENIOR INTERNATIONAL DEBUT LOCATION
Montemor o Velho
MEMORABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
Paracanoe 2013 world champtionship gold medal, Duisburg, Germany, VL2
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN CAREER
family, co-training, technical and sponsors
HERO/IDOL
David Cal
FAVOURITE FOOD
ham
FAVOURITE MUSIC
Flemish
AMBITIONS
gold medal at the Paralympic games 
AWARDS AND HONORS
best athlete with a disability of Andalusia in 2013
OTHER INFORMATION
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency (marca.com, 19 May 2016)

Origin of Impairment
Acquired (marca.com, 19 May 2016)

Impairment Details
In 2006 he was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in his right leg being amputated. (javireja.com, Sep 2016)

Awards
He was named Male Para Athlete of the Year by the Royal Spanish Canoe Federation [RFEP] in 2015 and 2016. (canoe-europe.org, 03 Mar 2017; lavozdetalavera.com, 31 Jan 2016)

He was named Best Male Para Athlete at the 2015 Andalusia Sports Awards in Spain. (upo.es, 18 Apr 2016)

General
OCCUPATION
He worked as a mechanic before his accident. (marca.com, 19 May 2016)

CLASSIFICATION
KL2
OTHER SPORTS
He has competed in Para swimming and Para cycling at national level in Spain