Swimmer honoured with pool dedication
The municipal swimming pool at Santa Cruz has been named after the outstanding swimmer David González Rodríguez who won six gold medals at the Paralympic Games in Barcelona ’92.
The Mayor, Jose Manuel Bermudez unveiled a plaque in the presence of invited guests, including the swimmer himself and his mother, Begoña Rodriguez.
Sr. Bermúdez said the the fact that the pool “bears the name of David Gonzalez Rodriguez is a decision of justice and is a way of giving back a little of how much this swimmer has given to the city of Santa Cruz.”
The athlete, visibly moved by the recognition, showed his “enormous pride in being able to give my name to this sports facility.”
The unveiling of the plaque coincided with the seventh edition of the David González Rodríguez Adapted Swimming Tournament, held on the same date, which also marked World Disability Day.
David started swimming at the age of 15 and has won numerous medals, Spanish and European championships and his six golds. In addition, he was also world record holder of butterfly on five occasions.