Andrés González, a Year 11 student at O Castro British International School won the bronze medal last August at the National U16 Race Walking Championships.
Andrés González, a Year 11 student at O Castro British International School won the bronze medal last August at the National U16 Race Walking Championships, held in Avilés. This award is a recognition of the effort, hard work, perseverance and sacrifice of Andrés, who recognises that his sporting success came when he decided “to turn on batteries".
His trajectory is totally ascending. During his first year competing seriously, he achieved several podiums, in the second year he get several victories in the Galician Championships and in the third year, he jumped to national competitions and competed in the first division league. "Thanks to the medal in the national competition in Avilés, I was invited to a national training camp in October, where I will train with the best in Spain and I hope that all these rewards will help me to improve for this new season", he explains.
Behind these moments of glory lie a lot of dedication and perseverance and the apparent difficulty of combining sporting and academic performance. Although his day-to-day life is non-stop, from school to training and then back to studying again, which takes time away from rest and leisure time with friends, in the end it's all about getting used to it. "The key is to create small routines and schedules and to never give up, something that school has helped me a lot with”.
However, Andrés' greatest success is his human qualities, as witnessed by his teachers and classmates, as well as his family and his sister Natalia, also a race walker, to whom he dedicated a piece of his most recent medal for her support and company. "For me a medal is simply a piece of metal, the real success is in the evolution, to look back and see how my current marks seemed impossible".
With the humility that characterises him, he wants to share a valuable piece of advice with all young people or children who are starting a sport: "don't get frustrated, enjoy the process, in the end the rewards come, but all of the above has to be a game".