Indigenous Brazilian teen eyes Olympic canoeing

Tailo Pontes de Araujo wants

to row at the Olympics

Location: Manaus, Brazil

He’s from an indigenous community

along the Amazon river

His biggest inspiration is gold medalist

Brazilian Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos

(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) 17-YEAR-OLD INDIGENOUS CANOER, TAILO PONTES DE ARAUJO, SAYING:

"He motivates me to row every day. My dream is to take part in the Olympic, win medals and to continue with my career because it is not easy. Nothing is easy in our lives."

Tailo trains with a project called

Canoagem Indigena or Indigenous Canoeing

He and other young rowers

train up to four hours a day

(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) 39-YEAR-OLD CANOEING COACH, NIVALDO OLIVEIRA CORDEIRO, SAYING:

"They were practically born in indigenous canoes and that helps them with their balance and stamina."

Indigenous communities along the Amazon

regularly fish and travel in canoes

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