Javier Reja

JAVIER REJA

Rowing
Javier Reja
"Sport has been a lifesaver for me."
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MY PENDING SUBJECT

I started practising canoeing because walking along the Guadalquivir river, I felt like it and I dedicated myself to ask club by club to do an initiation course. Living in Seville and having this wonderful river, I had to try it no matter what. It was my pending subject. And I found on it a lifeboat where to hold in order to go afloat after a shipwreck.

My first contact with handbiking was on a route I did with a foundation. And I immediately said to myself "I have to get one of these no matter what." I love the freedom it gives me, I only need to take out my handbike and roll. A luxury.

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THE BEST THERAPY

I am a native of Seville, the second of four brothers. I was very naughty as a child, but always with a smile on my face (which I still have) and eager to help people.

I have always liked sports, especially risk sports: climbing, surfing, enduro, but never at competition level, always as an amateur and to hang out with friends.

In October 2006, after a traffic accident, I spent 2 months and 10 days hospitalised, of which 14 days were in the ICU. My right leg was amputated and I had several injuries and cracks.

Initially, I wanted to walk using prostheses, until I realised that my new companion was going to be the wheelchair, and since then, I have forgotten about going to the emergency room with episodes of pain in the hip in search of morphine.

When I left the hospital I started to try sports disciplines (I am still trying, I have not stopped). I saw in sports a way out of the slump. It was the best therapy.

Thanks to family and friends, they helped me to adapt to this new way of life much easier. Currently, I am happily married with two children and practice various sports disciplines.

"I saw in sports a way out of the slump. It was the best therapy."
My sports wheelchair
"My QUICKIE Shark RS Attack is very stable, and it sticks to the ground amazingly in road curves. "
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My everyday wheelchair
"I love how manoeuvrable my QUICKIE Helium Pro is!"

Road to Glory

2021
Paralympic Games (Tokyo)

4th place

2021
Spanish Championship - Rowing

1st place 2000m

1st place long distance

2021
Spanish Cup - Paracanoeing

1st place VL3 (500 m)

1st place KL2 (500 m and 200 m)

2019
Paracanoe European Championships, Poznan, Poland

6th place

2019
Paracanoe Spanish Championship

1st place VL3

2019
Paracanoe Spanish World Cup

1st place

2018
Paracanoe Spanish Championship

1st place in VL2

2018
Paracanoe Sprint World Championships - Montemor, Portugal

9th place

2018
Paracanoe European Championships, Belgrade, Serbia

8th place

2018
Paracanoe Spanish World Cup

1st place VL2

2017
Paracanoe Spanish Championship

1st place VL2 and KL2

1st place AS1

2017
ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Račice

3rd place VL2

2017
Paracycling Andalusian Championship

1st place

2017
Paracycling Spanish Championship

1st place