Student wins rowing medals in South American competition

Daniel Passold Filho, student at Blumenau Adventist Schoolwon a silver and two bronze medals as part of the Brazilian national rowing team participating in the South American Rowing Tournament in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in late March 2022. Passold Filho won a won the silver medal in the junior coxless pair, a bronze in the coxless four and another bronze in the eightfold sculls.

Passold Filho said that since he was a child, he felt encouraged by his family to play sports. “I took judo and swimming lessons very early on, and when I was nine I started taking rowing lessons,” he said. Now 17, Passold Filho focuses on daily rowing training, and he also dedicates one day a week to other sports like bodybuilding and cycling. He is a member of Clube Náutico América, one of the oldest rowing organizations in Brazil.

Whenever he is close to a competition date, Passold Filho said, he increases the pace of his training. “I row before and after class,” he said. He usually trains on the Itajaí-Acú River in his hometown of Blumenau. It’s not a smooth process, Passold Filho reported, as his regular training is often interrupted during the annual heavy rain weeks. On such days, rowing becomes a dangerous business as large tree branches end up floating in the river and can cause fatal accidents.

The South American Rowing Tournament marked the first time that Passold Filho competed at the international level. His next goal is to be selected in the Brazilian team for the Rowing World Cup, which will take place in Italy in June 2022. To make the team, Passold Filho must first participate in several qualifying rounds, he said.

In addition to the support of his family, friends and coaches, Passold Filho received encouragement from the employees of the Adventist school in Blumenau. During pre-competition training and during competitions, Passold Filho’s teachers make available on the E-class online platform all the school requirements so that he can keep up to date with his studies.

“Seventh-day Adventist education believes in the holistic development of our students,” said Blumenau Adventist School chaplain Darlan Silva. “Sport is one of the means of supporting this development, and each success of our students is a great joy for our establishment.

the original version of this story was published on the South American Division in the Portuguese language news sites.

Teresa E. Burton