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  • At 14 years of age, she is the only girl in the Spanish Boxing Federation of Schoolboys and Schoolgirls Boxing technique development program, and the only child training with the national team. After a break for personal reasons — she started at the age of five — Laura says that boxing has made her stronger. Her greatest ambition: the Olympic Games 2024.

  • Helen Roca and María Ribera, Maribí, fell in love with rugby at university. Now, they are both coaches in the División de Honor Femenina (the top Spanish league competition for women) and faced each other at the Liga Iberdrola final in 2019. As players, María has got an Olympic diploma and Helen played in three world championships. But neither can earn a living from sport and they have to combine their passion with other jobs.

    They were pioneers and their discoveries and inventions made history. However, their work has often been brushed aside and even vetoed by their peers. However, great women like Marie Curie, Virginia Apgar and Gertrude B. Ellion succeeded in being recognised in their respective fields of study. But they are not the only women who have changed the world.

  • Sara Hurtado was one half of the first pair to represent Spain in ice skating at the Olympic Games. In 2018, she won a silver medal at the Rostelecom Cup Grand Prix event with her partner, Kirill Khaliavin, something that until then only Javier Fernández had achieved for our country. The seven-time Spanish champion has always had to live abroad due to the lack of coaches in her own country. Although she laments still not being able to make a living from skating, her efforts are made worthwhile by the fact that she is able to follow her dream.

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    Canoeist Teresa Portela has been world champion twice and European champion seven times. She almost gave up her sports career when she decided to become a mother after the London Olympics. Today she is just a step away from becoming the woman with most Olympic Games under her belt.