ASB Community: Who we are?
I am Paola Sainz Puente, I am eleven years old, I live in Getxo and I study at the American School of Bilbao.
I started skiing at the age of 3 and a half in Formigal and began to compete at the age of 8 in the 2018/2019 season in the U10 category (first year), federated by the FADI (Aragonese Winter Sports Federation) with number TN2A / 27830 and competing by the FEC (Formigal Ski Club) being the first year placing 9th in the Aragon Cup, this season was a learning curve for me in the world of racing, a world that was was totally unknown to me. I learned a lot and above all made many friends from with whom I currently maintain a close relationship, sharing many experiences with all of them, training outings in summer, etc.
In the following year, in 2019/20 season being 9 years old and competing in the U10, participated in 12 races, making the podium in 7 of them with an overall position of 1st in Formigal and 2nd in the Aragon Cup.
Last year, 2020/2021 season, I went up to a higher category U12 (first year), participating in six races and making the podium in four of them, unfortunately and due to the Covid 19 issue, the rest of the races were suspended, maintaining first place in Formigal and fourth in the Aragon Cup.
I have to say skiing is my passion. I train all winter in the weekends in Formigal / Astún and in summer in the Alps to continue my training. I managed to combine my studies with skiing, and this sport has taught me to develop values of respect, education, sacrifice, companionship, etc. Values that I try to apply in my daily life.
I would like to give a special thanks to my professors at the American School, who are supporting me at all times in my training / races and to my coaches and of the “Nórdica Racing Team” and to “Alzaga Motor” for sponsoring me.
Paola Sainz Puente