17th Apr 2023 @ 9:20 am

Two Lanzarote locals have returned from the Special Olympics Games in Barcelona with medals for the 25-metre crawl swim and the 50-metre sprint.

The sporting event was attended by approximately 1500 athletes from across the world, all of which have been recognised for their ability.

Esteban Montenegro and Macarena Rivera took the trip to Barcelona between 30th March and 2nd April to participate in the event, and even won a few medals along the way.

“Esteban and Macarena have returned happy and excited with their medals”, says Creciendo Yaiza director, Ligia Molnar.

“The aim of the event is for people with learning disabilities to develop self-confidence, as well as to promote social skills through training and competition”, says Molnar, who carries out extracurricular swimming, tennis and dance activities on Lanzarote. “Despite the progress made, there is still a long way to go for the island as far as inclusive sport is concerned”, Molnar added in closing.

Mayor of Yaiza, Óscar Noda, congratulates the southern athletes “for their hard work” and encourages them to “keep fighting for their dreams.”

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