Inside the Training Camp of Mexico's Para Rowing Duo

In Rio, para rowers Brittany Gutiérrez Vieyra & Miguel Nieto Carpio prepare for the Continental Qualifier en route to Paris 2024 Paralympics. With camaraderie and determination, they aim to overcome physical challenges and rivals, fueled by a decade-long dream of Paralympic glory.

Inside the Training Camp of Mexico's Para Rowing Duo
National coach Alejandra Menzi oversees the training of Brittany Gutiérrez Vieyra and Miguel Nieto Carpio as they strive for Paralympic glory. Credit: CONADE

In the tranquil waters of Rio de Janeiro, amidst the rhythmic cadence of rowing strokes, a tale of perseverance and ambition unfolds. Brittany Gutiérrez Vieyra and Miguel Nieto Carpio, the formidable duo representing Mexico in mixed para rowing, are poised at the brink of a defining moment in their athletic careers. With the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games beckoning on the horizon, their quest for glory is charged with determination and camaraderie, as they navigate the choppy waters of competition and adversity.

As the sun casts its golden hues upon the tranquil waters, Brittany and Miguel stand resolute in their preparation camp, supported by the unwavering commitment of the National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports (CONADE). Their journey, a testament to resilience and dedication, has been marked by years of toil and triumphs, forging a bond that transcends the boundaries of mere teammates.

In a candid interview with CONADE, Miguel Ángel Nieto Carpio reflects on their shared odyssey, recounting the complex layers of their partnership. “We have been working together for many years, we have been on this double boat for two years, but with Brittany I have already rowed other boats, we have known each other for six or seven years,” he shares.

Their prowess was unmistakable in the 2023 South American Championship, held amidst the picturesque backdrop of San Pedro de la Paz, Chile. Despite competing in a PR2 classification, the Mexican duo clinched the gold medal in the PR3 category, a testament to their indomitable spirit and unwavering resolve. Yet, beneath their triumphs lies a poignant truth — the acknowledgment of physical disadvantages, juxtaposed against an unwavering determination to overcome.

“We have certain physical disadvantages, but we prepared well, we have given the time, and we are very close to the best in the world,” Miguel asserts, his voice resonating with a quiet confidence born of relentless preparation and unwavering belief. For Brittany, the journey is not merely about conquering adversaries but embracing the exhilarating pursuit of one's dreams. “My dream is to be in Paris 2024,” she declares. “Being in the Paralympic Games for me is a dream of many years, of a lot of work.”

As they brace themselves for the Continental Qualifier in Rio de Janeiro, the specter of competition looms large on the horizon. Argentina, their formidable rival, stands as a formidable obstacle in their path to Paralympic glory. Yet, buoyed by a steadfast resolve and unwavering camaraderie, Brittany and Miguel remain undeterred in their pursuit of excellence.

“Our strongest rival is Argentina,” Brittany affirms. “But this time, we have prepared much stronger, and we are more confident than ever.” With each stroke of the oar, they inch closer towards their shared dream, their hearts ablaze with the fire of determination and the promise of glory.

Under the watchful gaze of national coach Alejandra Menzi, they embark on a journey that transcends the confines of competition, a journey fueled by passion and fortified by friendship. “I am very excited,” Brittany exclaims, her eyes sparkling with anticipation. “I have prepared very hard, and I already want to see the results.”

In the tranquil waters of Rio de Janeiro, amidst the ebb and flow of the tide, Brittany Gutiérrez Vieyra and Miguel Nieto Carpio stand as a beacon of hope and inspiration. Their journey, a testament to the power of perseverance and the triumph of the human spirit, serves as a poignant reminder that true greatness lies not in the destination but in the unwavering resolve to chart one's own course, against all odds.