By Cathy Elelman • 13 February 2020 • 17:00
EXAMPLE: The Sports councillor underlined Jose Manuel’s perseverance and drive
CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Adra
ADRA council is giving its full backing to local archery athlete Jose Manuel Marin in his bid to make it onto the Spanish team for the Paralympics in Tokyo this summer.
The local authority is sponsoring Jose Manuel, who is looking good to secure his place representing Spain.
The 48-year old beat the Spanish record in the Open Recurve for a distance of 70 metres in the first qualifier held in Caceres and is now preparing for two further qualifiers.
Adra Sports Council Pedro Peña and local authority sports area specialist Francisco J. Fernandez Castillo met recently with the athlete to offer him all the administration’s support.
“For this government team, sport has, and will be, an essential pillar on which we are working”, Peña commented.
Encouraging sporting activity is “essential”, the councillor added.
“And with a clear example of perseverance and drive like Jose Manuel, we cannot be on the sidelines.
“He is an example to us all, and we will help him however we can so that he fulfills his dream and shoots arrows in the Japanese capital.”
Jose Manuel has been Spanish open-air archery champion eight times and was on the gold medal winning teams in the 2006 European and 2009 World championships.
He has already competed in the Paralympics in Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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