By Linda Hall • 31 January 2022 • 18:10
RECEPTION: Victoria and Ramon Fernandez-Pacheco
Photo credit: Almeria city hall
ALMERIA CITY mayor Ramon Fernandez-Pacheco recently welcomed, Victoria accompanied by her mother Isabel, to city hall.
Aged 19, Victoria won three medals – one gold and two silver – at the Andalucia Adaptive Swimming championships held last November.
Victoria has Down Syndrome and explained that once she is in the water, she feels free: “It lets me be like everyone else,” she told Fernandez-Pacheco, explaining that she trains for an hour three times a week.
“I enjoy swimming, the atmosphere, the competitions and the travelling,” she said.
“Last year I joined the Federation and the results have been wonderful, with three medals.”
The mayor pointed out that Victoria was a good example of the benefits of sport.
“This is a girl who is hardworking and happy and full of dreams,” he said. “It has been a pleasure to meet her, talk to her and congratulate her on behalf of all Almeria residents.”
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