National swim meet in Adeje

Adeje is hosting the Spanish Club Adapted Swimming Championship, Fundación Disa, this weekend: Points will be relevant for the Worlds in London

This weekend Adeje will host the 2019 Spanish championships for Adapted Swimming Clubs, Fundación DISA At a press release to announce details, José Luis Guadalupe, representing the FEDDI, the Spanish federation for sports for persons with intellectual challenges, said the competition would take place on Saturday June 15th and Sunday June 16th in Tenerife Top Training T3, Costa
Adeje. He said, “This is a very important meet as it is the last chance athletes have to earn points to qualify for the world championships in London and the Tokyo Olympics”.

Sara Mateos, Fundación DISA director was also present, and said that “adapted sports were an important tool in working towards inclusion”, and Adeje’s sport’s co-ordinator Pablo Caneiro, said that “local institutions need to be facilitators for the development of these kinds of events, sports that the general public might not generally otherwise be made aware off.”

Ricardo Yébenes, B-Swim, event organiser, spoke of the “transformative social work that can be done through sport”. He added that one element that stood out in the organisation of this event was “the perfect synchronisation between the organisation and other entities involved”. Virgilio Febles, from local club Midayu, said he was delighted to see this kind of competition in Tenerife and referred to the on-going fight to bring entities and businesses on board, “and we are proud to have been successful here”, in that regard. He also thanked all the swimmers who had “travelled form all corners of the country, as without them this competition wouldn’t be possible.

Finally, Gregor Zielhardt, director of Tenerife Top Training, said it was a huge honour to be hosting the event. He said that one of the T3’s strong points was swim training. “Every year we have top swim teams from all over Europe including adapted swimmers”.

232 swimmers from 66 clubs will be taking part. The competition is organised and designed to give all the swimmers equality of challenge in competition to guarantee the equity of results. Many of those taking part will be looking for points to help them qualify for the next World Adapted Swimming championships in London.



Adeje couple take on La Gomera- La Caleta swim



Cristina Ibáñez and Alberto Moreno, both from Adeje, will set off tomorrow from La Gomera to attempt the first male/female open sea crossing without the aid of a wet suit or any flotation devices. In the past the swim has been successfully completed by professionals such as David Mecca, the open-sea world champion swimmer.

The couple, who are hoping to also enter the Guinness Book of World Records, will set off at 4.30am on October 12th from La Cueva beach, in San Sebastián, the La Gomeran capital, and are scheduled to arrive at La Caleta in Adeje on Saturday October 14th at 6pm.

The couple are professionals in related fields. Alberto is a swimming coach and Cristina a marine biologist. They are, they say, “big fans of the sea and sea sports. Our usual sport is non-competitive open sea swimming”. They have said that they hope the swim will help to emphasise the importance of “caring for our natural and cultural resources for the economic and social wellbeing of our community and to help in the conservation of those resources”.

Throughout the swim the couple will be monitored by maritime protection crews.