By Bianca Silva
Gabrielle Amato’s blossoming rowing talent is difficult to ignore. As the Miami native is wrapping up her junior year of high school through an online school program (she plans on re-enrolling at Miami Beach Senior HS for her senior year) that helps her keep up with her studies as she trains for rowing competitions, she has achieved more than a teenaged girl could imagine.
In 2016, she became the first rower to represent Haiti in the Rio Olympics. This year, she has placed gold, silver and bronze in the Central America Regional Rowing Regatta, the American Cup, El Tigre contest in Buenos Aires and the Sarasota Sculling Championship in Florida among other competitions. Her latest competition was the U.S. Youth Nationals race on June 7.
For Amato, it’s surreal having been competing at a professional level for the past five years and is speaking to various universities on possibly rowing for them, even more knowing that she began rowing as a result of her mom looking for summer camps at the age of 11.
“I enjoy the rush of it and also enjoy competing against other people,” she says about rowing.
Amato speaks with the Haitian Times on her preparation for a race, life outside rowing and her future.
When you’re competing against other people, what’s your approach, your mentality when you’re training for a competition?
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