Say hey to our M8 of April 2021, Raf Fabrega-Teixeira
Our M8 of April is Brazilian native, Australian chiropractor Raf Fabrega-Teixeira. Raf has been fitness-focused ever since he commenced swimming at 10 years of age. At 14 his life changed and swimming became his first “job”. He left his parents home and home town of Bragança for São Paulo to continue chasing his dream competing against top South American swimmers, when he managed to receive his first international gold medal.
Raf spent his next 8 years travelling the world and representing his country as a part of the Brazilian swimming team. The whole experience taught him that hard work is the most important key to success.
Raf studied journalism and worked as a journalist for three years, but soon after he chose to move to Australia to chase a new direction. He wanted to turn his world upside down and start a different career, one that he would truly be passionate about and would make him happy.
During his studies at university, Raf worked as a trainer and swimming coach. Soon after he chose to pursue his career as a chiropractor, where he could use some of his previous knowledge and experience as a swimmer and as a coach, to help inspire others to live a pain-free life and be able to do what they love the most.
Raf is wearing Volley Short in blue.
In 2020 Raf opened his own chiropractic clinic, Back Up Clinic in Sydney's CBD. He is very passionate about his new career path and is excited for what the next chapter will bring.
NAME: Raf Fabrega-Teixeira
CURRENT POSITION: Chiropractor
WHERE IS YOUR HOME TEAM?
I was born in a small Brazilian town called Bragança but spent most of my teenage years and twenties in São Paulo.
WHO DO YOU PLAY FOR NOW?
I’ve been living in Sydney for the last 13 years. I love it here and I’m very happy to call it home!
WHAT’S YOUR GAME PLAN?
It is also important that I surround myself with my friends and interesting people that make me feel alive, and that challenge me to improve myself everyday.
WHAT’S YOUR STRATEGY TO ACHIEVE IT?
I love learning and sharing that knowledge. I’m always keeping myself up to date with the latest research and manual techniques in my field, in order to provide the best care for my patients.
Keeping myself very fit is also important so I can do my job well and inspire other people too.
LIST 1 OR 2 ‘GOLD MEDAL’ MOMENTS IN YOUR LIFE...
Growing up I was fully dedicated to swimming. At 14 years old I achieved my gold medal in an international competition. That was a turning point in my life. I was then part of an elite swimming team, surrounded by the best athletes and professionals. In that environment I learnt a lot about body movement and training and most importantly, discipline and hard work.
Another highlight would be completing my Masters in Chiropractic in 2016. Including the bachelor’s degree, the whole journey took five years of extreme hard work and sleepless nights but it changed my life. I left university with more than a job, I left with a passion! The one and only tattoo I have today was made to represent those years.
WHO ARE YOUR CHAMPIONS?
I find inspiration in a variety of people and things. I would have to say that the person who has most greatly inspired me has been my mother. She always has a smile on her face no matter how hard she works, and she loves everyone. She is well respected and always gives more than she receives. I try to live like she does, as much as I possibly can.
IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT MAKES AN EVERYDAY CHAMPION?
Being a champion is a state of mind that gives you the strength to achieve your goals, remain calm under pressure and overcome adversity.
WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?
Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.
Follow Back Up Clinic & Raf:
- Instagram - @dr.raf.chiro (professional)
- Instagram - @raf_tex (personal)
- Website - backupclinic.com.au
SYDNEY TEAMM8 OFFER - $49 FOR INITIAL CONSULTATION*
Sydney M8s, Raf from Back Up Clinic is offering an initial one hour consultation, originally worth $130 for just $49*! The initial consultation includes:
- a thorough chiropractic exam
- a postural analysis
- a referral for further studies such as x-rays (if needed)
- a chiropractic treatment
Terms and conditions: offer is valid exclusively to TEAMM8 and only for the initial consultation until May 31, 2021.