Date of birth:
1996.03.28
Hometown:
Cochrane, Chile
Sponsors:
Arborea, DER BERG CHILE, Team Escualos, Patagona Rafting,
Hobbies:
Climbing, MTB, Music
Favourite athletes:
Climbing, MTB, Music

BIO

I am a professional kayaker from Cochrane, Chile. I started kayaking when I was twelve in a small kayak club in my home town called Los Escualos. When I was seventeen years old I moved to Pucón, leaving my family to devote my time to kayaking. l’m currently part of the Chilean national kayak team representing both slalom and extreme kayaking.


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2013: 1st place Palguin fest junior catergory Pucon Chile
  • 2013: 2nd King of the Maipo junior category Santiago Chile
  • 2014: 15 of 50 EN Futa fest international Kayak Competion Futaleufu Chile
  • 2014: 1st place National championship kayak slalom junior category Pucon Chile
  • 2015: 3rd place Giant slalom Futafest Futaleufu Chile
  • 2015: 9th place Step creek championship Gopro Mountain Games Vail USA

INTERVIEW 2015.06.22

What are you looking for to accomplish?

Win a World Cup Medal, compete in the Olympic Games, and kayak as many days I can.  

"Jaime Lancaster"

What would be your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement would be to become the best Chilean representative in the various disciplines of whitewater kayaking. I want to represent my home town of Cochrane in the best possible way.

What kind of difficulties does your sport’s performance involve?

Whitewater kayaking is one of the most dangerous sports, because of all the consequences that it has, such that you can hit rock with your head, go unconscious and simply drown or get stuck in trees that are in the river and die.

"Jaime Lancaster"

So “you have to learn to master something that is unpredictable” you can’t give chances to the river, you need to be able to flow and stay focused so that everything goes well.  

What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

One of the things that makes me feel good is when I finish running a rapid or a waterfall and I turn around to look at the immensity of nature, and see all of its consequences, and that it all went well. The other thing that is incredible about kayaking is the special places that you get to arrive to in a kayak.

Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

When I’m training alone normally I focus on bringing in my physical and technical part in some calm place where there are not very strong rapids, such as in the río Trancura, in Pucon, Chile. 

"Jaime Lancaster"

There I can train on skills in my slalom boat, then lower on the river I can improve my endurance. These times practicing alone have helped me with many parts of my kayaking. 

What do you do during your training which is key to your success?

I think the key thing during my training that helps me is to think about what my goals are, and also to think of all the people that supported me and are still supporting me to get to where I am.

For example, my family believing in me that I could do this even if it seemed impossible given how remote and small of town I came from has helped me to fulfill my dreams. This is my motivation.

What are you most nervous about when competing?

What makes me the most nervous is when I am at the starting line and the countdown begins. 3, 2, 1, GO! But after that I’m able to focus on making sure everything will go as I planned.

Jaime Lancaster Photo by Steve Marangi

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

Of course my family is my biggest fan, since they are the ones who got me into all and are always excited to see the new crazy ideas that I have and support me in the competitions. 

What is the best piece of advice you have been ever given?

The best advice I’ve ever received was from my friend Juanito de Ugarte who said “always be a humble rat, that is the key to success”  

"Jaime Lancaster"

What are your future plans?

My future plans are to train much more than I am now, so I can become the number one kayaker in Chile. And why not — become one of the best 10 kayakers in the world? 

What are your tips for those who begin now?

The advice that I would give to those who are starting is that if they like kayaking they need to fight to fulfill their goals. Although people may say to you that you are wasting your time, stay focused, nothing is impossible, with steadfastness and dedication you will be able to do everything that you propose to yourself.

"Jaime Lancaster"