LUCA HOMONNAI (Hungary) - Nominee for the 2015 'Sports Junior of the Year' award.
- Born: 1998, Sports: Kayak Sprint (K1, K2, K4), Represents: Hungary.
- 2015: 1st K1 500m & K1 200m Junior World Championships, Portugal. 2nd K2 200m Senior World Championships, Italy.
- 2014: 1st K1 sprint Youth Olympic Games Nanjing, China.
- 2013: 2nd K1 1000m Junior European Championships, Poland.
Luca Homonnai took the world by storm this year, becoming a double World Junior Champion in the K1 500m and K1 200m.
Sporting blue hair throughout the championships, the 16-year-old Hungarian showed her strength and determination to win both distances in a strong field. In the K1 200m she posted a time of 42.57s to take the win over Denmark's Julie French. A couple of hours later, as the wind strengthened, she powered home to win in an impressive time of 1:59.16s with another Danish paddler, Pernille Knudsen, in second.
Three weeks later Luca had her debut on the Senior World Championship stage in the K2 200m with 19-time World Champion Natasha Dusev-Janics, who is 16 years her senior. With Natasha coming to the end of her long and illustrious career and Luca only just beginning, this was an amazing opportunity to learn from the best.
With Luca in the drivers seat, the duo had a tough battle on their hands against the experienced Belarusian paring of Marharyta Makhneva and Maryna Litvinchuk, powering home at the end Luca and Natasha settled for second place in a time of 38.65s just 0.18s behind Belarus. Whilst the gold medal was their ultimate aim, winning a medal of any colour on debut as a junior is an amazing achievement.
In 2014 at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing Luca won a silver medal in the K1 sprint behind Inna Nikittina of Russia. This experience inspired and motivated her to train even harder for the upcoming season.
Luca Homonnai is certainly one to watch out for in future international canoe sprint competition. As a result of her stellar 2015 season, the canoeing community have nominated her for the World Paddle Awards.
Activities and achievements off water:
- Loves to colour her hair
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