IBERDROLA, PROMOTING WOMEN'S SPORTS
Women, increasingly at the forefront of Spanish sport
The achievements of Spanish sportswomen clearly show the advances made in the last 25 years. What drives women to play sports? Health-related aspects and the emotional benefits: sport relieves stress, helps you to lose weight, feel good about yourself, connect with like-minded people, and more... Today, Spanish sport has a woman's name.
The number of women playing sport today, or following sporting events closely, is steadily increasing. This increase is a result of changes that took place in schools in the 1970s, and it is in the 21st century that it is beginning to have a greater impact.
Noa Mateos is just a child, but she is highly focused: "Karate is my destiny." She dreams of being a professional athlete and, to get there, she plans to follow in the footsteps of her idol: Sandra Sánchez. The karateka, who struggled to make her way in the elite sports world, is this youngster's role model when it comes to hard work and perseverance. These values have made her the best karateka in the history of kata.
At 12, Sara Peñalver left her home to devote herself totally to badminton. She is now training in Madrid with the trainer of Carolina Marín, with whom she is already being compared
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.
Expand your horizons and have a go at trail running, mountain runs where the main challenges to overcome are the unevenness, rough terrain and ever-changing weather conditions.
Fancy trying something new this summer? Surfing in calm waters with a board and a paddle is relatively cheap and easy to learn. Let's have some fun!
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