Sebastian BRENDEL (GER)

DEGermany
Date of birth:
12 March 1988
Languages:
English, German
Federation:
DEUTSCHER KANU VERBAND E. V.
Sebastian Brendel (GER)

Biography

Further Personal Information

OLYMPIC GAMES
C1 Male 1.000 m
WEBSITE
http://sebastian-brendel.de
PLACE OF RESIDENCE
Potsdam
OCCUPATION
Athlete, Police Officer
WHEN/WHERE DID YOU START CANOEING/ KAYAKING?
He took up the sport at age eight in Schwedt, Germany. After three years he moved to Potsdam in order to attend a school for talented athletes.

REASON FOR TAKING UP THE SPORT
He tried football, karate and athletics before he decided to take up canoe sprint.
HOBBIES
Spending time with family
CLUB
KC Potsdam
NAME OF COACH
Ralph Welke [club, national], Reiner Kiessler [national]
NATIONALITY OF YOUR COACH
German
SENIOR INTERNATIONAL DEBUT YEAR
2007
MEMORABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
Winning gold in the C1 1000m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London
HERO/IDOL
US swimmer Michael Phelps
SPORTING PHILOSOPHY/ MOTTO
"If you drive in the wake of others, you can not overtake." (Kant)
AMBITIONS
With Tokyo in view and the paddle in hand, I head for my third Olympic Games
AWARDS AND HONORS
He received the 2015 Kienbaum Award from the German Olympic Committee [DOSB] in recognition of his diligence during training and for being a positive example to young people. (dosb.de, 05 Jun 2015)He was named the 2015 Champion of the Year in Germany. (Facebook page, 29 May 2016; sport1.de, 02 Oct 2015)He was named Male Athlete of the Year in Brandenburg, Germany, in 2012, 2014 and 2015. (kanu.de, 14 Dec 2015; rbb-online.de, 13 Dec 2014)He received the Silbernen Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf] in 2012. It is the highest state sports award in Germany. (bundespraesident.de, 07 Nov 2012)