OTHER WOMEN'S SPORTS
A global commitment to women's sport in Spain
We sponsor 10 federations, out of the 64 federations in Spain: athletics, badminton, boxing, canoeing, field hockey, ice sports, karate, swimming, table tennis, surf and volleyball.
Instant of a women's volleyball match.
We have seen a huge increase in the achievements of sportswomen in the past few years. Women's sport is starting to attract more interest from the media and public in general. The company has recently renewed its commitment supporting 6 more national federations added to the initial 10: a total of 16 federations.
OTHER SPORTS SUPPORTED BY IBERDROLA I
Spanish athletics conquered the 24th edition of the European Athletics Championships, which took place at the Berlin Olympiastadion from 7 to 12 August 2018, taking home a total of ten medals. Two of the main protagonists were Julia Takacs, who took a historic bronze medal in the 50 Kilometre Race Walk, and Ana Peleteiro, who brought home the bronze in the Triple Jump after achieving the second best jump of her life (14.40 metres).
Ana Peleteiro wins the bronze medal in the Women's Triple Jump final on 10 August 2018.
At the European Athletics U18 Championships, which were held in Gyor (Hungary) from 5 to 8 July, María Vicente won two gold medals: one for heptathlon (to add to the gold medal she won in Nairobi at the 2017 World U18 Championships) and one for triple jump. The Spanish athlete set a new world record for the heptathlon and achieved a personal best in triple jump (13.95 metres), in addition to breaking the championship record for this category.
María Vicente wins the gold medal for heptathlon and triple jump at the European Athletics U18 Championships.
BEST ATHLETES OF 2017
On 7 April 2018, the 13th Spanish Athletics Gala was held in the Auditorium of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE). The awarding of the prizes to the two best athletes of 2017 — Adel Mechaal and Ruth Beitia — was the crowning moment of a great evening at the COE Alfredo Goyeneche Auditorium with a wide and select list of winners that included athletes, clubs, coaches, judges, organisers, federations, women and athletics and Spanish record holders.
For its part, the Iberdrola Women and Athletics 2017 Award went to one of the greatest Spanish athletes in history, Carmen Valero, double world cross-country champion and the first Spanish female athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.
Carmen Valero collecting the Iberdrola Women and Athletics 2017 Award.
On 24 January 2018, the Spanish National Sports Council in Madrid was presented the new Women's Athletics Liga Iberdrola and the Copa de S.M. La Reina Iberdrola, both organised by Iberdrola's fresh impetus to women's athletics within the framework of its Women's Universe program.
Representatives from each of the 16 clubs participating in the Iberdrola Women's Athletics League. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
The Spanish Royal Athletics Federation (RFEA), which is sponsored by Iberdrola, decided to revamp its image to coincide with the start of the 2017/2018 season.
New image of the RFEA. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
Spaniard Carolina Marín has made history by becoming the first player to win three gold medals. The 25 year old Huelvan dominated Indian Pusarla Shindu 21-19 and 21-10, in 25 and 21 minutes, respectively, at the 2018 World Badminton Championship, in Nanjing, China. This is one in a series of major wins in 2014 and 2015 by Marín and comes on the heels of her fourth consecutive European gold medal, which she won by beating Russian Evgeniya Kosetskaya in her native town of Huelva.
Carolina Marín, European champion in 2018.
The President of the Spanish National Sports Council (CSD), José Ramón Lete, visited the women's national boxing team at the Madrid High-Performance Centre. They faced Bulgaria in the European Elite Championships from 4 to 13 June 2018. Lete addressed the Spanish team to wish them luck in the competition: "We have much hope placed in you for the Tokyo Olympics of 2020. I'm sure that you will gain good experience at this match."
The president of the CSD wished luck to the boxers who competed in the European Elite Championships.
Unfortunately, no Spanish woman won a medal at the Elite European Championships, although Laura Fuertes finished fifth in the -48 kg category. The other sportswomen who attended the competition were Andrea Lasheras (-51), Lara Rebeca García (-54), Melissa Noemí González (-60 kg), Lucía Blázquez (-64) and Patricia Martín (-75 kg).
All of them are part of the Spanish Elite Women's Boxing Team, promoted mainly by Iberdrola under the Women's Universe program. The team had already taken part in the Sub-22 European Championships in Romania on 26 March 2018. On this occasion, the representatives were Melissa Noemí González, María González and Marina Carrasco.
The work plan designed by Spanish team manager Rafael Lozano consisted in making different temporary groups throughout 2018 with the best Spanish women boxers. From there the future permanent national team will be forged, with their sights set on the dream of the Olympic Games in 2020 and, above all, 2024.
The Spanish national women's team made history at the 2018 14th Women's Hockey World Cup, which was held in London between 21 July and 5 August, by winning the bronze medal after defeating Australia 3-1. Adrian Lock's #RedSticks were at the top of their game throughout the encounter, earning Bea Pérez recognition as the match's most valuable player.
But here it doesn't finish the awards for the #RedSticks. In September 2018, the Chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, presented Lucía Jiménez, who plays as a defender for SVP Complutense, with the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award that accredits her as last season's best player in the Iberdrola Field Hockey League.
During the visit, the captains of the national squad, Carlota Petchamé, María López and Rocío Gutiérrez, presented Ignacio Galán with a replica of the bronze medal won at the recent 2018 World Championships in gratitude for Iberdrola's support for their sport.
The Chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, and the players of the Spanish national women's team. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
The event was held at the company's offices in Madrid and attended by 13 players from Spain's senior national women's hockey squad, their technical team and the chairman of the Royal Hockey Federation of Spain (RFEH), Santiago Deó.
Furthermore, the Iberdrola's Chairman ratified the company's commitment to supporting both women's sport and the overall development of women. Currently, Iberdrola is the main sponsor of women's field hockey in our country, in line with its commitment to promote and sponsor not only the League, but also the national team.
The RFEH and Iberdrola presented the new 2018-2019 Iberdrola Women's Hockey League during an event that took place at the League facilities in Madrid.
The President of the RFEH, Santiago Deó, along with members of the Iberdrola Women's Hockey League and the Men's Honorary Division.
During the ceremony, the President of the RFEH, Santiago Deó, also expressed his gratitude for the support that Iberdrola gives to the sportswomen: "Iberdrola has been instrumental in promoting women's sport in Spain, and that is already paying off in hockey with a recent bronze medal in the world championships."
Other great achievements of the Spanish team include becoming the champions of the World League Round 2 held in Valencia and the Olympic diplomas received by four members of the national team in the last Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
On 21 December 2017 the Iberdrola Women's Ice Hockey League, the top national competition for this sport, was presented, thanks to the agreement between the company and the Royal Spanish Ice Sports Federation.
After 14 days, SAD Majadahonda were proclaimed champions after trouncing CH Huarte 6 to 0. This wasn't their only triumph either. The women from Madrid won the Iberdrola Spain Final Cup in March 2018 for the second year in a row after a perfect season, with 28 consecutive wins.
Representatives of the different teams of the new Women's Ice Hockey League.
The presentation ceremony of the Iberdrola Women's Ice Hockey League, which was presented at the headquarters of the National Sports Council (CSD), was attended by the general director of the CSD, Jaime González Castaño; deputy general director of Women and Sports of the CSD, Susana Pérez-Amor; the Head of Sponsorship of Iberdrola, Carmen Cabrera; and the president of the Royal Spanish Federation of Ice Sports, Frank González.
OTHER SPORTS SUPPORTED BY IBERDROLA II
Iberdrola is also one of the main sponsors of women's karate in our country and supports the Royal Spanish Karate Federation. The company presented the 2018-2019 Iberdrola Karate League on 18 January with the Royal Spanish Karate Federation at the headquarters of the National Sports Council in Madrid. Jaime González, Director of the Higher Council for Sport; Carmen Cabrera, Head of Sponsorship at Iberdrola and Antonio Moreno Marqueño, President of the Royal Spanish Karate Federation, attended the event. In addition, Sandra Sánchez, ambassador of the Women, Health and Sport program and number one karateka of the world ranking and other women athletes sponsored by Iberdrola also attended the event.
Jaime González Castaño, Director of the Higher Council for Sport; Carmen Cabrera, Head of Sponsorship at Iberdrola; Antonio Moreno Marqueño, President of the Royal Spanish Karate Federation and José María de Dios, Technical Director of the RFEK, accompanied by the karatekas sponsored by Iberdrola.
Some of the karatekas sponsored by the company include the current World Champions of the 2017 Tenerife Championship: Lidia Rodriguez Encabo and Nadia Gomez Morales, as well as other international champions, such as Marina Cáceres Quiñonero, María Torres García, Marta García Lozano, Nidia García Moya, María Espinosa, Raquel Roy Rubio, Naiara Moreno Monfort and Carlota Fernández Osorio.
On 25th of October the 2017-2018 Women's Water polo League has been officially presented to the Higher Council for Sport with the presence of some of the most important players, managers and agents of the competition. The AstralPool Sabadel was proclaimed champion of the League, a team that already has eight consecutive Leagues.
Presentation of the Women's Water polo League 2017-2018.
The League groups a total of 10 teams: CN Sabadell Astralpool, La Sirena CN Mataró, CN Sant Andreu, CN Madrid Moscardó, CE Mediterrani, CN Terrassa, CN Rubí, CN Sant Feliú, CW Dos Hermanas y EW Zaragoza.
Since July 2016, Iberdrola has been supporting the Spanish Royal Swimming Federation. This support is reflected in the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award given by the company to the best player of the Copa de la Reina de Waterpolo 2017, held in Terrassa (Barcelona). The final between Mataró and Sabadell was won by the latter and is the team's 13th cup.
The Iberdrola MVP award was won by Californian water polo star Kiley Neushul, who plays for Sabadell.
Fernando Carpena, RFEN President, Kiley Neushul, Iberdrola MVP, and Noelia Florín, a partner of Iberdrola in the Women's Universe initiative.
In the build-up to the game, the Spanish Swimming Federation acknowledged the sporting achievements of Jennifer Pareja —currently the ambassador for Women's Universe and former star of the Spanish water polo team and CN Sabadell— by awarding her the Gold and Diamond Badge.
The company has presented the different Iberdrola Women's Canoeing Leagues that encompass the following specialities: dragon boat, kayak polo, sea kayak, and rivers and marathon.
The presentation, which was held at the headquarters of the Higher Council for Sport in Madrid, was attended by the president of the national canoeing federation, Juan José Román Mangas; the Deputy Director of Women and Sports of the Higher Council for Sport (CSD), Susana Pérez-Amor; the Head of Sponsorship at Iberdrola, Carmen Cabrera; and the Director of the Higher Council for Sport, Jaime González Castaño.
Juan José Román Mangas, the president of the national canoeing federation; Susana Pérez-Amor, the Deputy Director of Women and Sports of the Higher Council for Sport (CSD); Jaime González Castaño, the Director of the Higher Council for Sport; and Carmen Cabrera, the Head of Sponsorship at Iberdrola; along with some federated paddlers.
During the 35th National Canoeing Gala, the Spanish Canoeing Federation gave a total of 11 national awards, in addition to 27 special mentions, which included an award given to Iberdrola for its sponsorship activities. The award is in recognition for the company's support to the sport.
Raquel Blanco, Marketing and Product Manager of Iberdrola, next to Pipe Gómez, coordinator of LaLiga4Sports; José Perurena, President of the International Canoeing Federation; Juan José Román Mangas, President of the Spanish Canoeing Federation; Inmaculada García, President of the State Lotteries, and David Martínez, Chairman of Caliche Group.
In fact, Iberdrola has become the official sponsor of the women's canoe polo league, known as the Iberdrola First Senior Division. This sporting discipline is not very well known in Spain. It is a water sport that combines features of other sports, such as water polo, football and canoeing, the Federation of the latter also being sponsored by the company.
The fourth edition of the Spanish Canoe Polo Cup for Clubs was held from 10-11 June 2017 in San Pedro del Pinatar (Murcia).
Members of the women's national canoe polo team.
The 2nd Spanish Women's Canoeing Free Style Cup was also held during the same days in Salt (Girona).
Spain's national surfing team has made history at the 2018 ISA World Surfing Games, namely the World Championships of this sporting discipline that brings together the top eight teams of the previous year's event. At the finals, being held in Tahara (Japan) between September 15 and 22, the four members of our national team have won their first ever gold after beating Costa Rica and Japan.
Iberdrola sponsored the Royal Spanish Surfing Federation (Fesurfing) since 10 September 2018. The sponsorship was announced at an event that took place in the Samaranch Hall of the National Sports Council, and attended by María José Rienda, president of the institution; Carlos García Gómez, president of Fesurfing; Noelía Florín de Oro, sponsorship coordinator of Iberdrola; the current Spanish surfing champion, Garazi Sánchez, as well as other members of the Spanish team leaving for Asia.
Garazi Sánchez is the current Spanish surfing champion.
Sánchez, whose goal is to attend the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, is twice champion of Spain — in 2017 and 2018 — and came third in Europe in the Professional WSL Tour (World Surf League). For her, the sea is her life: "I grew up in the sea and learned the best lessons of my life in it."
Women's table tennis has had its own Iberdrola League since October 2018. In addition, the most outstanding match of each round of the new League, which comprises 12 teams, will be streamed, giving more visibility to this sport.
The Iberdrola Table Tennis League was presented at the headquarters of the Superior Sports Council (CSD), in an event attended by Miguel Ángel Machado, president of the Royal Spanish Table Tennis Federation; Noelia Florín de Oro, representative of the Iberdrola Sports Sponsorship team; Mamen Valverde, representative of the Women's Universe Programme; Ana García, player in the Women's Table Tennis Superdivision; as well as Ainhoa Cristóbal, Andrea Pérez and Alba Fernández, all international table tennis players.
Presentation of the Iberdrola Table Tennis League.
Machado thanked Iberdrola for supporting table tennis and stressed that "being part of this group of federations that spread the sport internationally is vital". In the same vein, Ana Garcia acclaimed the "greater visibility" for this sport.
Iberdrola also has an international scholarship program for Spanish women's table tennis, thanks to which the Royal Spanish Table Tennis Federation can expand the international activity of the players with scholarships, both in competition and in training camps.
Iberdrola is also the main sponsor of women's volleyball in Spain and supports the Royal Spanish Volleyball Federation. Alongside the Federation, Iberdrola presented the Iberdrola Volleyball League's 2017-2018 on 17 October 2017 at the National Sports Council (CSD) in Madrid. The current League champions are Minis de Arluy VB Logroño, winning the title for the fifth year in a row. Their player Fernanda Critzbach, who covers middle, received the Iberdrola MVP award for her performance in the final match.
The Iberdrola Volleyball League ceremony was attended by Jaime González, the council's Director General of Sports; Carmen Cabrera, Iberdrola sponsorship director, and Agustín Martín Santos, chairman of the Royal Spanish Volleyball Federation. The players of the teams participated in the 2017-2018 Iberdrola League also attended the event.
Official presentation of the 2017-2018 Iberdrola Volleyball League at the headquarters of the National Sports Council in Madrid.
Since 2017 Iberdrola has also sponsored the 'Madison Beach Volley Tour' (MBVT), a professional beach volleyball tour that pits the best players of this form of volleyball against each other. This edition — the sixth since the tour began in 2013 — began on 18 May on Maspalomas Beach (Gran Canaria) with the Spain Cup and will conclude on 2 September in Fuengirola (Málaga) with the Championship of Spain. The other hosts of the 2018 edition of this tour are the beaches of San Lorenzo (Melilla), l'Arrabassada (Tarragona), Isla Canela (Huelva) and La Salvé (Laredo).
Presentation of the MBVT 2017 circuit.
On 28 December 2016 took place the 'All-Star Iberdrola 2016', an historic moment that brought the best players from the SFV together to play in the All-Star Game in Guadalajara at the Multipurpose Palace. The purple team beat the green team 2-1 before over 4,000 fans in attendance at the venue.
'All-Star Iberdrola 2016': The All-Star Game.
- The 2017/2018 Iberdrola Women's Water polo League is presented to the CSD
- The Royal Spanish Hockey Federation and Iberdrola present the Iberdrola Hockey League 2017-2018
- Presentation of the 2017-2018 Iberdrola Volleyball League
- Iberdrola presents the fifth edition of the Beach Volley Tour
- Iberdrola and Royal Spanish Hockey Federation sign agreement to support women's sport
- Iberdrola and the Royal Spanish Volleyball Federation enter an agreement to promote women's sport