The president of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, accompanied by the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandro Blanco; and the president of the Spanish Paralympic Committee, Miguel Carballeda; announced this Tuesday the company’s support for Spanish Olympic and Paralympic athletes on their way to the Paris Games in 2024.
At a meeting held at the company’s headquarters in Madrid, the president of Iberdrola presented the Iberdrola Medal for Energy in Sports to 48 athletes, who have represented Spain at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This recognition is aimed at highlight the sporting successes achieved and above all the effort, ability to improve and professionalism demonstrated by the athletes in some Games that have been developed with the complexity of the COVID-19 context.
In the act, Ignacio Galán, highlighted that “you are the mirror in which all young women want to look at themselves. In you they can find the example of women who, having achieved great successes, are not satisfied with what they have achieved, but who aspire to improve each day. That has to make you feel proud, but you also know that with this admiration comes a responsibility: to continue working to break down barriers and give the sport practiced by women the visibility it deserves “. “There are those who may think that the next Games are still years away, but I know that for you the work has already begun. For this reason, I want to announce that we will continue by your side, from today to Paris. A path that will surely end with many successes, but whatever happens, it will have been worth visiting “, he added.
In this sense, the president of the electricity company has also reaffirmed the commitment to sports careers and the future of female athletes. The company will launch, in collaboration with the COE, a new edition of the training program for athletes in finance, economics and law.
Among the athletes who have participated in this celebration of the Olympic spirit and equal opportunities, have been the gold medalists Sandra Sánchez, best karateka in history with seven consecutive European golds; Adriana Cerezo, the taekwondo player who at the age of 17 won the first silver medal for Spain in Tokyo; and the canoeists and silver medals Teresa Portela and Maialen Chourraut, who achieved second place in K1-200 and slalom respectively in these Games. As well as some of the Paralympic gold medalists: the triathlete Susana Rodríguez and the young swimmer Marta Fernández. What’s more; The silver medalist Eva Moral, triathlete in the PTWC1 class, and Sara Martínez, in the T12 long jump, also attended the event. Also present were the members of the hockey team, a representation of the national teams of handball, wheelchair basketball and artistic gymnastics, as well as a dozen athletes, several canoeists, and athletes belonging to ten different sports disciplines.