Martin Cross |

Carlotta Nwajide: rower and activist

Take a look at the first part of Carlotta Nwajide’s biography on her Instagram feed and you start to get some idea of what makes this 25-year-old German such a remarkable person. It reads: Rower & Activist #blacklivesmatter

The rowing part is briefly underlined by this articulate woman’s two stand-out performances so far: a silver in the 2018 World Championships as part of Germany’s top women’s boat – the quadruple scull – backed up with a gold medal, this time in the double sculls at the 2019 European Championships. To those palmarés you could also add an impressive silver medal at this year’s European Championships behind the Dutch quad.

While 2020 has been a year where Carlotta successfully fought her way back into the team after a thrombosis that forced her to miss the 2019 World Championships in Linz, it is a year that has also seen her take up the struggle against racism in all its forms.

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