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Santiago does it again! - an insight into the young life of a winner

June 18, 2018

At 12 years, Santiago has made great strides. He has won more than 50 trophies in competitions such as marathons, triathlons, Duathlons and Aquathlons!

He just made 1st place at the podium in the Stadtparksee triathlon and is a good candidate to win the Hamburg Kids Cup this year. 

When he has time, like his mum and dad, he will catch a flight to a far off land, just to participate in these competitions. “It takes passion and wanting to have fun to be awesome, ”he says cheekily.

But he seriously talks about the mental preparation and the will-power it takes to get to the physical prowess point. 

“While running, I think a lot about patience. It’s a virtue that I keep working on and knowing that I couldn’t start again if I stopped in the middle of the race gives me the will power to keep running. 

He remembers always running but here in Hamburg, his trainer Frederick Tychsen spotted his prowess out of a group of 25 teammates, and immediately put him to work – and he is the youngest of them all.

Santiago has a smile that gives a laid back attitude but quite the opposite he is full-on a minimum of five days a week with workouts with his trainer and here at school. These involve core training, muscle training, drills, long distance running in the Stadtpark Hamburg, cross-country and track and field. But what’s his motivation? He wants to become a professional sportsman!

“That can only happen if I finish my homework in time and get good grades. Otherwise my mother won’t let me go for training if that’s not done. So I do it, because I love it all!” 

Well done, Santiago!