Mon, 29/05/2017 - 15:07

Institut Barcelona Esports

The 10th Women and Sport Awards

Awards This will also see the presentation of the 10th Quadern Dones i Esport, which this year pays tribute to the Barcelona 1992 Games in another act to commemorate the 25th anniversary..

Laura Pérez, Councillor for Feminisms and LGBTI, and Sports Commissioner David Escudé, will preside over the 10th Women and Sports Awards ceremony. This will be held in the City Hall’s Saló de Cent, starting at 6 pm, and also include the presentation of the 10th Quadern Dones i Esport, a publication which this year pays tribute to the Barcelona 1992 Games in another act to commemorate the 25th anniversary.

There are four awards and the winners are as follows: Encarnación Hernández, winner of the Mireia Tapiador Award for promoting sport; Erika Villaécija, the Sportswoman’s Award; the Club d’Atletisme Nou Barris, which has picked up the City Sports Club Award, and Laia Sanz and Eloi Vila, winners of the Media Award.

Encarnación Hernández was a pioneering women’s basketball player, and a member of the Laietà and FC Barcelona clubs from 1931 to 1953, winning various Catalan and Spanish championships. She trained the first women to play basketball, was a referee and also starred in the documentary “La niña del gancho”.

Erika Villaécija is a swimmer who took part in the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, and won the gold medal at the 2010 World Short Pool Championships in the 800 m freestyle. She is a member of the Catalan Swimming Federation’s Swimming Committee, as well as a sports and academic tutor of under-age swimmers at the CAR high-performance centre in Sant Cugat.

The Club d’Atletisme Nou Barris devotes 50% of its budget to women’s sport and has 136 female licences out of a total of 252 in its school, with more girls than boys in the younger categories. They also have an adapted athletics team for children and teenagers with Down syndrome and autism.

Laia Sanz and Eloi Vila have published a book called “Qui té la voluntat té la força”, in which they look at The Dakar from a women’s perspective. It shows the physical and psychological difficulties that go with the rally, which society views as a men’s competition.

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