Engineering student, Solomon Maragh, selected to represent Jamaica in Canoe Slalom Championships
UTC Sheffield City Centre Engineering student, Solomon Maragh, has been selected to represent Jamaica in the ICF Pan-American Canoe Slalom Championships, as their first Canoe Slalom athlete, in Rio de Janeiro in April 2020.
The competition is one of the most spectacular water sports, which demands skill, stamina and courage. The aim is to run a rapid river course, whilst ensuring you stick to the rules of the competition and perform within the shortest amount of time.
Fifteen-year-old Solomon became eligible for Jamaican citizenship because his paternal grandmother was born in Jamaica. This event is an Olympic Qualifier; therefore, he will be competing to represent Jamaica at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo!
Solomon has been competing in Canoe Slalom for three years now and had his sights set on the Paris 2024 Olympics, but is delighted that the opportunity has arisen sooner than expected. The President of the Jamaica Canoe Federation, Leon McNeil, is currently securing a letter of support from the Jamaica Olympic Association. The Pan-American Canoe Federation have also invited Solomon to an International Canoe Federation training camp from March 23rd, up until the event.
Solomon’s Mum, Julie, said: “Solomon has always loved being in a canoe and quickly became interested in competing in Canoe Slalom, rising from division 4 to division 2 in kayak and canoe in less than three seasons! Setting a goal of becoming an Olympian, Solomon chose to race for Jamaica.”
Solomon is completing his GCSEs this year and realises that it is an important year in education, therefore he has been receiving additional tutoring at Explore Learning, an organisation that provides additional educational support in Maths and English.
Solomon said: “I’ve met a lot of great people through canoeing from different competitive and non-competitive disciplines. Following my GCSEs, my aim is to secure an Engineering Apprenticeship with The AMRC. My life is pretty busy at the moment, I’m either studying, training in the gym or on the water – but I wouldn’t change it!”
UTC Sheffield City Centre Principal, Alex Reynolds, said, “We wish Solomon the very best in both his racing and exams. It shows what you can achieve with determination and dedication. The whole school is behind him and wishing him success!”