Proud to support paralympic sport

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Iberdrola has collaborated with the ADOP Plan, the Spanish plan to support paralympians, since it was initially created in 2005. The plan aims to provide Spanish paralympic athletes with the best possible conditions to train and achieve success in the Paralympic Games.

The ADOP Plan is an initiative by the Spanish Paralympic Committee, the Higher Sports Council (CSD) and the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030. Its existence is made possible by financial contributions from companies like Iberdrola, which took the decision to invest in paralympic sport as a way of transmitting the values that these athletes represent — such as effort, determination and teamwork — to society. The company was one of the first sponsors of this programme, which was launched in 2005, and it continues to be totally committed to paralympic sport.

The ADOP Plan includes a Scholarship Programme which provides athletes with financial aid so they can focus on sport as their main activity, and a Programme of Services that includes an integral training support system, with training at high performance facilities and a medical service, among others. It also has a Direct Federation Sponsorship Programme and a Social Dissemination and Sponsor Return Programme.

At present, a total of 22 disciplines are considered paralympic sports. Paralympic sports include both conventional sports in which people with disabilities can take part without modification, as well as sports that have been adapted for people with disabilities and created specifically for these participants.

Just as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regulates Olympic sports, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) supervises the Paralympic Games through its national federations. There are two categories of Paralympic Games: the winter games (alpine skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, biathlon, chair curling and ice hockey) and the summer games (athletics, chair basketball, boccia, cycling, riding, wheelchair fencing, 5-a-side football, goalball, weightlifting, judo, swimming, paratriathlon, canoeing, rowing, chair rugby, table tennis, archery and Olympic shooting).


To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), which is held on 3 December 2020 every year, Iberdrola launched Invincibles, a set of interviews designed to raise the profile of paralympic sport in Spain and underline values such as the will to succeed, the desire to chase your dreams and the capacity to forge ahead. Meet the stars!


    A story about how effort can be shared and distances divided

    "Being visually impaired from an early age can make things seem like an uphill struggle. But I decided to pedal." Adolfo Bellido has a condition called Stargardt disease, which degenerates the eyesight. But that hasn't stopped him. He started taking part in paralympic athletics at the age of 14 and, after becoming the Spanish shot put and discus throw champion, he switched to adapted cycling. He and tandem partner Noel Martín, who he teamed up with in 2017, won the gold in the World Championship in 2019 and the bronze in 2018. They will be representing Spain in Tokyo in 2021. They say it is a "privilege and honour" that big brands like Iberdrola support adapted sport, where athletes find it particularly hard to secure sponsors and resources.


    "When you challenge yourself, there is always a winner"

    "We are all born with an alloted time given to us. What we do with that time is up to us." Toni Ponce has degenerative bilateral spastic paraplegia, a disease which affects his entire body and particularly his legs. Tough training has speeded up the degeneration process, but even that won't stop Toni from continuing to fight on. Specialising in freestyle, he has won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in world and European championships and he will be one of the athletes to represent Spain at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2021. Ponce talks about Iberdrola's work promoting equality and sport.


    "Chase your dreams, but conquer your space"

    "Every day, I tell myself: Sara, there's a place for you out there. Earn it with the same determination with which you earned your place here." Sara Revuelta overcame leukaemia when she was five years old, which left her paralysed in the lower part of her body. Since that time, she has won two European championships, four Ligas and six King's Cups in chair basketball. Born in Madrid, she plays for the Ilunion team and will captain the Spanish national team at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2021. She is studying Physics and dreams of working at NASA some day. Through the Invincibles campaign, Revuelta would like to thank Iberdrola for supporting adapted sport, which is essential to raise its visibility.


Iberdrola looks upon sport as the perfect vehicle for progressing toward equality. The group is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment where everyone feels represented, for which it carries out different activities and initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion.

Through sport, Iberdrola supports the inclusion of people with disability and encourages equality and the empowerment of women, promoting talent, real equality and social development. As well as collaborating with the ADOP Plan, the company is the main driving force behind women's sport in Spain, through its sponsorship of the Women's Universe programme from the CSD. It also has an International corporate volunteering programme through which it carries out social projects aimed at integrating vulnerable groups.


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Diversity and Inclusion Report 2019.

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Carolina Marín

Encouraging participation by women in the world of sports

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Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

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