Amy Hilgertova

Amalie Hilgertova Hiko Team Rider

DOB: September 9th, 1997
Natural habitat: Canoe Slalom (K1)
Nationality: CZE
Career Highlights:
+ 2nd place World Ranking Race Markkleeberg 2019
+3rd place U23 World Championship Ivrea 2018- boater cross 
+8th place World Cup Liptovsky Mikulas 2018
+ 3rd place World Championship Pau 2017 - boater cross
+3rd place YOG Nanjing 2014 
+1st place Junior World Championship Liptovsky Mikulas 2013
Where did you start kayaking?
"I started with my parents just occasionally going for a paddle at our family trip. Then friends of my parents from their paddling years were teaching me how to paddle during summer. So basically I did not  start only in Troja but now I love it there."
Why do you paddle? 
"Why do I paddle? Hmmm. I love to play with the water. When you make the right stroke in the right moment and it pushes you exactly where you want with a minimal effort. Plus when you add the race mood and concentration it is a dangerously addictive combination. But what's the most important are the people around this sport, they make it fun!"
What is you favourite course?
"My favourite course is obviously Troja, it is the place where I learnt how to play with the water. It is my natural habitat, you don't need to paddle so much if you know how to use the water there. Also I like Penrith in Australia, that's where we spend our winters mostly, the main wave in the middle of the course there is amazing. And one of my recent favorites is Ivrea that combines features of river and artificial course and is very fun to paddle."
What is your best paddling experience?
"Paddling down some nice river, successful race – my winning race on Junior World Championship. And I also enjoyed very much the fantastic atmosphere on Troja World Championship, where I was like a fan."
What are your future goals and plans?
"I generally don't like to set long term goals because I think you need to be flexible in life but sure there are dreams. I would love to go to the Olympics one day but first things first. I need to make successful selections this Spring and I want to bring some medals from the U23 races."
What do you like to do when you are not in a kayak?
"I love to spend free time walking with my dogs, reading books and traveling with my friends. I am also a big fan of yoga and skiing!"

Contact: facebook, @hilgertova.amy