Christ School sophomore Miller Kaderabek has qualified for the International Canoe Federation Junior & U23 World Championships which is July 12-17 in Krakow, Poland.
Kadarabek has been a Greenies student for two years and also plays football (as a defensive back and running back). He is a headmasters scholar with a weighted grade-point average of 4.35.
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After coming in third two weeks ago at the U.S. Olympic Trails, Miller Kaderabek made the Senior US National Team. Just one weekend later at the U.S. Junior Championships, Kaderabek and his teammate Wes Bolyard finished with the gold medal in C2 (Tandem Canoe). He will compete in the Junior World Championships in Krakow, Poland this summer.
Though he is young, he is unafraid of his older competitors. This summer, along with teammate Wes Bolyard, Kaderabek traveled to London to race in a sport normally dominated by Europeans. Kaderabek more than held his own, but humbly shared he could have finished better, stating that greater focus could have brought a better result.
Just two weeks ago at the U.S. Open, he finished 2nd in K1 (Kayak) and 4th in C2. “The season basically just started, but competing this summer gave me some much needed experience. I took a bit of time off to play Football this fall, but I still train off-campus about five to six days a week. Since January, we’ve raced every two weeks and will continue to do so until August.”
Kaderabek got his start at the age of seven when he recreationally kayaked at the summer camp High Rocks in Cedar Mountain, NC and fell in love. One day when kayaking at the Whitewater Center, he was recognized and encouraged to get a coach and pursue kayaking competitions. “Everything went from there. It has been a great experience so far. I have had quite a bit of help along the way from 2012 Olympian coach Eric Hurd as well as coaches Sam David and Lee Leibsardh. After 2.5 years of serious practice and focus, the opportunity to compete has presented itself.
Though unable to compete in the 2016 Olympics, Kaderabek has set his sights on Tokyo in 2020. “It would be crazy! The Olympics are something that everyone watches, but you never think that you could be one of those people. Elite human beings from around the world come together to get the Gold. It would be an amazing experience. The Olympics are a once in a lifetime opportunity for an athlete, and I hope I get the chance.”
In Christ School’s storied athletic history, there have been quite a few excellent competitors, and even a gold medal, when Mason Plumlee won a Gold for team USA in the World Championships. However, if Kaderabek can pull it off four years from now, he would be the first to represent the United States in the games. “Christ School has been incredibly flexible with my schedule. I spend quite a bit of time travelling and competing. They are the only school who has been supportive of my goals. It means a lot.”