Catalan sport has celebrated its nice annual celebration this Tuesday in an occasion that has introduced collectively the elite of our sport to distribute the prizes to the most effective athletes of 2022. Catalan Sports activities Pageant in its twenty sixth version, has had as nice stars Toni Bou and Aina Florenza in a packed CaixaForum Barcelona.
Personalities from the sports activities and political world didn’t need to miss this sporting occasion, organized by the Union of Sports activities Federations of Catalonia (UFEC) and the SPORT newspaper, which rewards, 12 months after 12 months, essentially the most excellent athletes and entities within the season, in addition to those that deserve particular recognition for his or her sporting profession.
As is custom, the gala started with interventions by the organizers. Gerard Esteva, president of the UFEC, has highlighted the success of Catalan sport at a global degree and has known as for a brand new effort by the Authorities to host the 2030 Winter Video games in Barcelona. For his half, Lluís Mascaró, director of Diari Sport, added “once we began 26 years in the past we couldn’t think about what this nice celebration can be like. The perfect have handed. Catalan sport could be very huge.” Some interventions which have given option to the supply of recognitions to the good protagonists of the 12 months 2022 in Catalan sport.
Toni Bou, who for the sixteenth consecutive 12 months achieved the Trial world titles in each the indoor and outside modalities in 2022, has been acknowledged as the most effective Catalan athlete of the 12 months. “It’s a very lengthy profession with many achievements. In Catalonia there’s a excessive degree. It is extremely tough to get that award and I’m very proud”. As well as, with 32 world titles, he has develop into the third athlete with essentially the most titles within the historical past of all present disciplines.
The opposite nice protagonist has been Aina Florenza, at the moment thought of the most effective curler hockey participant on this planet, and who closed a superb 2022, changing into champion of the OK league and the European Cup with the Palace and Solitán; and runner-up on this planet with the Spanish Nationwide Group. “I began very younger and all the pieces has come very quickly. However I admire it as a result of if it weren’t for that, I would not be right here, ”she has detailed.
Through the Fiesta, different prizes had been additionally awarded. The Male and Feminine Athlete with the Most Projection Award respectively went to the younger inventive swimming athlete, Dennis González, world junior solo, technical and freestyle champion; and within the pentathlete Laura Heredia, who in 2022 has obtained the primary Catalan and Spanish gold in historical past within the U24 European Championship.
David Martin, state water polo coach, has collected the Greatest Coach Award, due to the title of world champion and the bronze medal within the European Championship. The Greatest Catalan Group Award went to the FC Barcelona males’s futsal crew, the protagonist of a historic 2021/2022 season, successful the league, Cup, Tremendous Cup and Futsal Champions League.
One of the crucial emotional moments of the night time was the supply of the Sports activities Spirit Award to Juan Carlos Unzué and FC Barcelona for his or her involvement within the combat in opposition to ALS. Nearly 4.5 million euros destined to search out an efficient therapy had been collected within the match between the Barcelona membership and Manchester Metropolis, organized by Unzué. ”The match on the Camp Nou was made due to the phrase ‘friendship’. The 91,000 helped to make it successful, and to do another bit to combat in opposition to ALS”, defined the previous Barça coach.
For his half, Jesús Ángel Garcia Bragado, a former athlete specializing in athletic strolling, has taken the stage to obtain the Legendary Award after a memorable profession during which, amongst many successes, he turned the state athlete with essentially the most participation within the Olympic Video games ( 8 consecutive) and World Championships (13) in historical past.
Guillermo Álvarez, president of the Catalan Federation of Underwater Actions, has collected the award for the most effective federation administration, due to his invaluable work selling and managing underwater sports activities in 2022, with a big improve within the variety of licenses and arranged actions and necessary sports activities achievements on the state degree in most of its disciplines. To all this, additionally it is price including his involvement at a social degree, with profitable packages relating to inclusion, respect for the atmosphere, gender equality and sports activities security.
Lastly, two particular mentions have additionally been awarded: to the Catalan Fencing Federation for its centenary; and on the Fundació Unió Esportiva Cornellà for its promotion of Catalan sport.
The twenty sixth Catalan Sports activities Pageant has been hosted by the journalist Marta Carreras and enlivened by the Keep Homas, a famend Catalan music group that has delighted the general public with three performances.