Karate fighter Sandra Sánchez, first Sports Ambassador in Castilla-La Mancha

Karate fighter Sandra Sánchez, first Sports Ambassador in Castilla-La Mancha

Talavera karate fighter Sandra Sanchez He will be the first Sports Ambassador in Castilla-La Mancha After agreement with the regional government. Thus, it will cooperate and participate in some of the actions that the Board has programmed to promote sport activities and gender equality in sport.

This was announced by the Ministers of Education, Culture and Sports. Rosa Ana Rodriguezand Equality and Government spokesperson, Blanca Fernandezin an action in which the athlete also participates. Pilar Callado, director of the Women’s Institute, also attended the speech presented by Cadena SER journalist Rubén Delgado; Carlos Yuste, Director General of Youth and Sports; Tita García Élez, mayor of Talavera de la Reina; and a representation of sports federations and clubs in the region, as well as members of the University of Castilla-La Mancha and the Regional Board for Equality in Sport.

consultants They coincided in pointing out Sandra Sánchez as the ideal person to be an ambassador.not only for his sports career, but for the values ​​he represents and conveys with his way of being and acting. Likewise, the ‘Somos Deporte 3-18’ school program developed in the society will be the ambassador of Olympic values ​​among students.

Presentation of Sandra Sánchez as 'Sports Ambassador in Castilla-La Mancha'.  Photograph by JCCM.

Presentation of Sandra Sánchez as ‘Sports Ambassador in Castilla-La Mancha’. Photograph by JCCM.

equality in sport

The Minister of Education, Culture and Sports described the day as “very special” for the Government of Castilla-La Mancha and the community of the region. “We will not only be represented by a person who stands out for his indisputable sporting qualities, but also to defend the principles and values ​​that are universal for her humility, because she is a struggling woman, for the knowledge of permanence, for being with those who need it most, and because she bears the Castilla-La Mancha seal engraved on her heart”.

In this sense, Rodriguez highlighted the regional manager’s efforts in recent years to reduce the gender gap in regional sport. “From 2015 to 2021, women’s participation in sports increased by five points; There is a greater presence of women in disciplines that are traditionally considered masculine, and the number of presidents at the head of sports federations, which are now five, has increased.”

It confirms that the road has already begun, but not finished. “We will not stop at active policies in the field of sport and equality because this is the commitment that President Emiliano García-Page has entrusted to us. We will continue to work to shorten the times so that real equality in sports can come as soon as possible.”

Rosa Ana Rodriguez, Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, in her speech.  Photograph by JCCM.

Rosa Ana Rodriguez, Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, in her speech. Photograph by JCCM.

“Sanchez sample”

The Minister for Equality and the spokesperson say for himself: It’s a “luxury” for Sandra Sánchez to want to be the sports ambassador for Castilla-La Mancha.. “It is indisputable that there is no sports figure who has overcome such obstacles even in a sport like karate, which is difficult at the moment, because it is not known whether it will remain an Olympic sport, which would be very unfair.”

Fernández underlined the sporting merits of Sánchez, whom he describes as an “excellent karate fighter”, emphasizing his satisfaction at having a woman occupy the ambassadorial post. “For us, you are an instrument in the hands of those who want equality in sports.”

He was confident that Talaverana “will be very important to many girls” and encourages him to enjoy his favorite sport. “There has been a quantum leap in recent years, with an increase of up to 36 percent of girls participating in grassroots sports. Although we are aware that women’s sport is still in the minority, we are in a good time”.

White Fernandez.  Minister for Equality and spokesperson for the regional government.  Photograph by JCCM.

White Fernandez. Minister for Equality and spokesperson for the regional government. Photograph by JCCM.

Finally, Fernández argues, “even though women are a minority from a qualitative standpoint, the results are outstanding. “Women’s sports will bring us great success in the coming years,” she said.

“World reference”

On her side, she pointed to the mayor of Talavera, Sandra Sánchez: “A worldwide reference for karate and sport and a source of pride for the entire city.”

“Everything has happened and won everything in his discipline: Spanish Champion, European Champion, World Champion and Olympic Champion. 1 in the world since 2015 and is considered the best karateka in history.”

She stated that for Talavera, she is not only her Favorite Girl, but also “one of the best ambassadors the city has ever had”. “The Ceramic City carried its name to the top. He is an exemplary example in the field of sports, a symbol of the Olympic spirit and sportsmanship, with his effort, determination, discipline and desire to be superior.

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