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Water sports

Many activities connected with water sports can be tried out and the newest tendencies will be presented, with sustainability, environmental protection and new technologies being the focus this Photo: Ayto. Arona

Marina del Sur in Las Galletas will be filled with hustle and bustle on the weekend of June 8 and 9, when the third water sports fair Fenáutica will be celebrated on the southern tip of the island.

Visiting water ‘babies’ can try out new sports

Combining sports with studies

Photo: Ayto. Arona

Fenáutica at Marina del Sur

Prize giving

A weekend full of fun at the Marina del Sur

year. In addition to the varied water sports programme, there will be great entertainment for the whole family with workshops, music and a gastronomic offer. All materials used in leisure activities are to be biodegradable and recyclable, emphasising the need to care for the marine environment. Admission is free and there will be a shuttle service from Los Cristianos on the boat Peter Pan with departures at 11am, 1pm and 4pm. Last year about 13,500 people enjoyed the fun nautical fair, and that num-

ber is likely to be exceeded in 2019. Fenáutica will also host the Guanche's Cup regatta and the Canary Islands Championship for underwater videos and photos. "Fenáutica has become a local and regional benchmark fair that attracts and inspires tourists and locals alike" explained Arona's Councillor for Business Promotion Dácil León. The fair starts its activities at 10am and ends on Saturday at 10pm and on Sunday at 7pm. The programme can be found on the website n www.marinadelsur.es.

Hiking

Tenerife Walking Festival Puerto de La Cruz will, for the fifth time, be hosting the Tenerife Walking Festival (TWF) from May 21 to 25, an event which has long since established itself as a special hiking highlight in the course of the year. In addition to the hiking enthusiasts who travel to the festival in order to discover the island among like-minded people, it also serves as general advertising for the Canary Islands as a hiking paradise with the most beautiful landscapes. Around 200 hiking enthusiasts from

From the coast to the summit, Tenerife has many fascinating walking routes to offer

ten nations have registered for this year's TWF, including

travel agencies and 17 national and international media repre-

sentatives and bloggers, from Spain, Denmark and Finland among others. There are 15 different tours to choose from this year, leading through charming volcanic landscapes, magical forests and lush vegetation or along the coasts in the gentle sea breeze. As usual, the festival will culminate in a joint celebration in the Plaza de Europa with musical entertainment, culinary specialities and the presentation of various outdoor activities. This year's novelty is a female group of mountaineers from Pakistan who are preparing for high altitude expeditions. The festival also follows the principle of sustainability right from the start. In other words, in order to offset the CO2 footprint, an environmental balance is drawn up which is compensated for with the planting of endemic species of trees and shrubs, and the recovery of disused agricultural areas. Of the 5.8 million tourists that Tenerife welcomes every year, about ten per cent say they also go hiking. It’s of interest that the French do this most frequently, followed by the Germans, Swiss, Austrians n and Dutch.

Fernando Clavijo, President of the Canary Islands, recently honoured eleven students who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding sporting and academic achievements. “It’s very positive to see that individuals pay attention to physical development and do not neglect sport for study, work, friendships or family. Anyone who is able to combine two or more activities that require as much discipline as elite sports and university studies is not only an example to all others, but also deserves our admiration” explained Clavijo. Those who were awarded were: Pharmaceutical student Gustavo Vidal Herrera, who became deputy world champion in Frontenis in Barcelona in 2018, and multiple Spanish champion in high jump, sports physiotherapy student Simón Siverio Dorta, plus sports science student and third in volleyball masters Super League 2, Carlos Javier Hernández Real, computer science student and bronze medallist of the last two years at the Spanish Championships in Olympic Martial Arts Daniel Herrero Averchenko, physiotherapy student and Lucha Canaria wrestler and sailor Eusebio Ledesma Pérez, as well as José Airán Fernández Rodríguez, who has been Spanish Champion in weightlifting in the powerlifting category for ten years. Also in the women’s categories, Rebeca Emperatriz Ferrer Clemente, art student and silver medallist in the National Karate Senior League, psychology student Mónica Hernández Pérez, European and Spanish Frontenis Champion, physiotherapy student and mountain biker Raquel Ramón Domínguez, industrial design engineering student Carolina Rivero Suárez, who won gold in judoka at the international championships in France and silver in the Spanish championships, and Ana Cambres Brehcist, who also practices Lucha Canaria and sailing and studies medicine. She is the only female captain of the boat Guerra del Rio and achieved several good placings last year. n

Eleven young people who study and train at the same time to achieve sporting success

Swimming

Double lifeguard champion

Edu Blasco, a swimmer from Fuerteventura, became a double lifeguard champion on the last weekend of April at the French Championships in Tarbes. The Canarian, who currently swims for Club Biarritz Souvetage Cotier, took Blasco returned from France part in the French Cham- with three medals pionships after becoming Spanish Champion just a month earlier. He had qualified with the best time of the year and won convincingly twice. He won the championship title for the 100-metre combination and on the following day, topped the podium once again in his best discipline, the 50-metre towing. To top it all off, he and his team also won the bronze medal in the relay. Edu Blasco is an extraordinarily successful swimmer who is successful both in lifeguard swimming and in regular swimming competitions. He has already become Spanish champion 29 times in two disciplines, and has won 52 medals and broken 32 records. n

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