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La Orotava honours sporting successes in emotional XVI gala 

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La Orotava has honoured its best sportsmen and women of the year, as well as clubs.

The XVI Sports Gala was chaired by the Director General of Sports, José Francisco Pérez; the island councillor Coromoto Yanes; the Mayor Francisco Linares García and local sports councillor, Eduardo Rodríguez.

The event was also attended by other members of the municipal corporation, athletes, friends, family and the general public.

This gala is one of the most anticipated events of the year, in the local sports field, as it pays homage to the best athletes, clubs and teams of the last season. Thus awards are given to the best sportsman, male and female; to the best club; sports trajectory, revelation, sports spirit and special distinctions.

The recognition Sportsman Revelation was granted to Cristian Hernandez Trujillo, a federated driver since 2010 who has participated in the regional Canary and Provincial Championships of Tenerife of Speed and Pit Master modality, obtaining great results as champion and runner-up.

The prize for the Sports Trajectory was for José Ángel Expósito García, dedicated to Olympic shooting and winning in numerous competitions on an island, regional and even international level. He is currently a national and international referee.

The award to Sports Spirit went to the team Ni Más Ni Menos, the oldest in La Orotava. Its foundation goes back to the old murga of the same name that is prior to 1967, but this year they began to carry out sports activity continuously. Therefore, in this year 2017 they are celebrating 50 years of existence. Two Special Distinctions were granted. One to David Díaz Amador, Ironman Lanzarote and Mallorca in 2015 and 2016, and Ironman South Africa and World Champion-ship 2017 and the other to Alberto Delgado González, eight times Ironman finisher (five Lanzarote, one Frankfurt, one Nice and one Kona). He was also the first Spaniard to complete the cycling challenge Bicinglés in 2013.

The title of Best Sports Club of La Orotava in the last season fell to the Florida Football Club whilst the prize for Human Values went to the collective Pichon Trail Proyect, an association that has 600 solidarity friends and more than 90 runners. The group was born of the concerns of a group of amateur athletes when one of their members was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and they wanted to join together to help combat the disease. The recognition for the Best Sportswoman went to Veronica Trujillo Marrero, player of the Perdoma Handball Club since she was 10 years old. The Best Sportsman is Javier Díaz Amador, a real promise in Spanish athletics, having started at the age of six. He is now 19 and a member ofd the Orotava Athletics Club (CLATOR). Tributes were paid during the gala to all those who had played any part whatsover in the successful world of sport in La Orotava.