Alejandra Alonso is an athlete of the Paraguayan Rowing Federation.
W1x U23 Women Single Sculls
-Olympic and Panamerican finalist
-Vice South American Champion
She is currently training at Miami Beach Rowing Club and is one of the Paraguayan representatives at the World Junior and U23 rowing, which will take place from August 21 to 28 2016 in the Netherlands. Ale will compete in the 1X Senior B female category.
Her story, through her words:
I started to row about 5 years ago thanks to my father – initially involuntary, but with time it’s something I’ve learned to love on my own. I started by competing in a double and about four years ago I decided to dedicate my time as a single rower. All the international competitions I’ve competed in have been on a single; I think it’s the perfect boat because you depend on yourself, it’s just you and the boat.
My first International jump was in 2013, I was awarded with a gold medal in the South American Games in the youth division in Lima, Peru – with a view to the II Olympic Games of Youth Nanjing, China. By their own merit, I could win in the 2014 Latin American Olympic qualification regatta, which gave only three seats. My first Olympic Games, as youth, has been one of my best personal achievements. I competed at country level to gain access to the end of the Olympic Games and placed sixth. It was there where I realized how far someone can go with the persistence of wanting to be the best; that there are no limits – only in our heads.
In 2015 I had the opportunity to participate in the Pan American Games in Toronto, where I finished in sixth place in the Finals A. Everything was falling into, I was ready to classify for Rio 2016, but because of impromptu planning, by my coach at the time, I was left out and unqualified. At the beginning I was shocked, but in no way did I let that get to me. My panorama changed 180 degrees. I decided to leave Paraguay and come to the United States, away from the insane environment and to close those wounds.
I contacted Eduardo de Camillis, who since November 2015 has been my official coach, who currently trains me daily and has even drawn up a vision board with goals and plans for the next four years. Upon my arrival I received offers from several Universities and have decided on attending Barry University, because of its eminent rowing program. These next four years are going to be intense as I am going to be carrying two races, studying for my degree in Sports Management as well as rowing on the Universities team. I was never really interested in rowing with in groups because in my Country it’s very rare to find a partner who you synchronize with, but with my arrival in Miami I see the 8+ and 4+ I would like to give it a try.
My goal for these next four years is to arrive in the best conditions to Tokyo 2020 and find the Olympic classification in the world 2019. With the help from Eduardo I am sure it will be possible, as he has set up a good system that pushes me to work on my weaknesses, and I’ll also be training with the girls of Barry. The Olympic Games in Rio have yet to begin, but for me my Olympic cycle began November 2015. I’m aware that the next couple of years will consist of long training hours, but they’ll help me achieve what I have in mind and will take me to Tokyo 2020.