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Introducing Tina, a very special turtle 

PAGE 38 INTRODUCING TINA

Santa Cruz has welcomed Tina, the mascot of the Women’s Basketball World Cup.

This particular speci-men of loggerhead turtle, the work of Raúl Pena, will be the image of the competition that will take place in Tenerife from September 22nd to 30th.

“Tina symbolises the evolution of a tireless fighter from birth until, at last, she is able to achieve her dream,” said the author.

The headquarters of the city council was the setting chosen by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to welcome the mascot, in an act that included the participation of councillor for sports of the capital, Verónica Meseguer; the vice president of the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) and general director of the Women’s Basketball World Cup, José Antonio Montero; as well as Raúl Pena. The Mayor of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, José Alberto Díaz, also attended the inauguration; Tenerife Cabildo’s sports councillor, Cristo Pérez; and the president of the Canarian Basketball Federation, Manuel Gómez, among others.

Verónica Meseguer highlighted the “international projection that Santa Cruz will get for being the host of this tournament”.

José Antonio Montero, for his part, stressed that Tina the turtle “will be the ambassador of the values of the sport and the island. It is an endearing turtle, as are all those who live in Tenerife, and I am sure that it will be remembered with much affection in a few years as the image of a tournament that we intend that, as happened in 2014, with the Men’s World Cup be considered the best in history.”

The general director of the competition stressed that the idea is that the Women’s Basketball World Cup of Tenerife “transcends beyond sports, with more than 50 previous activities related to social, cultural and equality aspects. In addition, there will also be others that will take place once the tournament concludes and that will come, fundamentally, from the hand of the presence of the Spanish men’s team on the island.”