Sports city puts La Palma on the right track
The island of La Palma is aspiring to be a winter destination for the training of top level athletes.
This was pledged by Cabildo President, Anselmo Pestana, and the Minister of Sports, Ascensión Rodríguez, during a meeting with a group of seven international Spanish athletes who are currently doing a ‘stage’ in the Sports City of Miraflores, dependent on the institution insular and recently remodelled.
Particularly noteworthy is the presence in La Palma of the sprinter Bruno Hortelano, European champion of 200 metres, as well as that of Samuel García, in his capacity as host and outstanding sportsman of the island, since he is a palmero athlete, European bronze in 4 x 400 metres.
Bruno Hortelano, visiting Isla Bonita for the first time, said: “This is a great place to train, especially because it is a quiet place, apart from the fact that it is an island that I love because I like the mountains and the sea a lot. What I’m looking for in a year of training is calm and there is no better place than this, at least, in this era.”
Samuel García said he was “delighted” to be training on his island and praised the newly renovated athletic tracks and the Sports City of Miraflores.
He revealed that these training sessions are focused on preparing for the World Athletics Championships in Doha (Qatar), which will be held in September 2019.
Sr. Pestana, says that “with this meeting of elite athletes in La Palma, from the Cabildo we want to promote our island as an ideal location for training, especially during this time of year where in the rest of Europe the temperatures are colder, while here we enjoy better weather conditions for sports”.