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Stelian Naftanaila

Stelian Naftanaila

Sprint - Podium Potential

2018 saw Stelian focus mainly on crew-boat competitions where he finished 11th in the K4 500m World Championships at Montemor O Velho. He also competed in Sprint World Cup 1, paddling with Trevor Thomson in the K2 200m to finish 4th in a very competitive field. At the same meeting, Stelian also competed in the men's K4 500m and finished 16th.

Stelian studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham and is now employed as an engineer.


Date of Birth: 1995
Born: Ploiesti, Romania
Hometown: Dagenham
Lives: Nottingham
Occupation: Engineer
Height / Weight: 6'3" 87kg


Class: K1
Paddling since: 2009
Club: Nottingham Kayak Club
Coach: Rene Olsen
Boat Manufacturer: Nelo, Quattro
Paddles Manufacturer: Jantex
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Potential Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2019 Szeged:
K2 200m - 10th
WC1 Poznan:
K2 200m - 6th

WC2 Duisburg:
K2 200m - 5th
2018 U23 Plovdiv:
K4 500m - 11th
WC1 Szeged:
K2 200m - 4th
K4 500m - 16th

WC2 Duisburg:
K1 200m - 23rd
2017 Montemor O Velho:
K1 200m - 8th