Having won the Adeje sports personality of the year in 2015 and the Abinque Adeje Women of the Year prize in 2016, Alexandra Rinder has added another string to her awards bow – last night she won the award for top female athlete in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife – the awards are voted on by the islands’ sporting journalists.
Alexandra Rinder, twice world body boarding champion, joined Sergio Rodríguez, basketball player currently with Real Madrid, on stage, as he won the award in the men’s category. UD Granadilla Tenerife Sur, currently playing in the Spanish first division (women’s football) won best team.
For Adeje sporting fans and followers it was a night of triumphs with local boxer Sandro Dominguez, current Spanish champion at featherweight, also awarded. The votes come from members of the APDT, the Tenerife Association of Sports Journalists, with 120 members entitled to vote. Over 500 people attended the ceremony, held in the Magma congress centre, and broadcast live on TV Española.
Both winning finalists were up against two other top athletes from the province. In the men’s category the other nominees were Pedro Rodriguez, ex footballer with Barcelona and now with Chelsea and pilot Enrique Cruz. In the women’s category Adeje’s Alexandra Rinder faced stiff competition with Beatríz Villamandos (a top deaf tennis player) and Olympic regatta athlete Alicia Cebrián. However the young Adeje woman triumphed in an emotional evening, with Cabildo sport’s Councillor María del Cristo Pérez awarding her the coveted prize.
Other prize winners on the night included footballer Víctor Añino Bermúdez, Vitolo, for his superb charity work, the island basketball federation, Endesa in the Sport and Business sections, for local sports Eusebio Ledesma, Germán Millán was recognised in athletics and Airam Rodríguez in sailing. Well known Spanish journalists Mayte Castro Óscar Herrera presided over the Gala and both Adeje sports councillor Adolfo Alonso and the president of the APDT were congratulated for organising the event.
Alonso said while he was delighted to congratulate all the sporting stars of Tenerife, obviously he was particularly pleased “because an Adeje athlete was voted Nº1, Alexandra Rinder, and another had received special mention, Sandro Domínguez”.