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Rollout of Formentera's plan to promote values in sport

foto presentacio campanya1This evening at 8.00pm the Centre Antoni Tur Gabrielet was the scene of a presentation of the Pla de Valors Esportius, a plan laying out good values in sport hatched by the Formentera Council and the Govern Balear. Attendants included CiF president Jaume Ferrer, sports councillor Jordi Vidal, the Govern's minister of sport Ruth Mateu, that department's chair, Carles Gonyalons, and other members of the Formentera sporting community. The gathering also served to premiere a video by local filmmaker Alfredo Montero that will be used to spotlight local sports values in the Balearics.

Earlier this year Mateu and Ferrer signed into effect a partnership that turns on a programme —"Posam Valors a l'Esport"— to promote sportsmanlike values among school-aged children on Formentera. Under the deal, the Govern will cofinance the programme with €10,000 and the CiF will put forward €5,000. So far the money has been used for training and outreach regarding positive values and attitudes in sport.

Jacobo Domínguez, first Formentera native to win Balearic trap shooting contest

foto campio tir al platCiF vice president Susana Labrador and councillor of sport Jordi Vidal met today with Jacobo Domínguez Tur, the first Formentera native to win the Copa Balear, a trap shooting contest in the Balearic Islands. The competition, celebrated since 1999, was held last weekend on Menorca.

Councillor Vidal seized the opportunity to congratulate the young skeet shooter, who was only too happy to receive the honour of being the island's first Copa Balear title-holder. “It's a big responsibility”, said Domínguez, “and a great satisfaction to have lifted up Formentera even just that little bit”.

The Balearic champion began practising skeet, or trap shooting, at 14 years old. Today he is 22. Alongside Domínguez was another member of Formentera's local shooting assocation, Joan Ferrer, who also participated and came in fourth.

More than 200 expected for 4th Formentera Triathlon

foto presentacio iv triatloFormentera's councillor of sport, Jordi Vidal, appeared today in the plenary hall of the Formentera Council to announce details regarding the fourth year of Formentera's triathlon, which is slated for Saturday October 8 in es Pujols. Vidal was joined by his department's staff specialist, Daniel de la Dueña, as well as Núria de la Torre, a representative from Trasmapi, a company that is sponsoring the sports event.

Next Saturday between 220 and 230 triathletes —over 50 more than last year's event— will take part in three trials: olympic, sprint and a group trial. At 2.30pm sprint and group participants will set out on a 750-metre swim in the es Pujols bay, followed by 20 km by cycling ride and, lastly, a 5-km run. Participants of the olympic trial will start at 4.15pm with a 1,500-m swim, then move on to a 40-km bike ride and a 10-km run.

Interested individuals have until Thursday to sign up on the elitechip website, or additionally have the option of registering the Saturday of the event between 9.30am and 1.00pm in es Pujols' plaça d'Europa. Participants' numbers will also be handed out at that time.

Traffic interruptions
Between 2.50 and 7.00pm the road that links es Pujols and la Savina will be closed to traffic up to Ses Illetes. Councillor Vidal presented his apologies to island residents, who will need to use alternate routes during that time.

Vidal also thanked Trasmapi for its sponsorship of the triathlon —included as part of Discover Formentera in October, a bid to attract off-season tourists— for the fourth year running. He also expressed his gratitude to the Guardia Civil, local police and all the other volunteers whose contribution will make the event possible.

Fitness centre closed for maintenance

tasques manteniment facanaThe Office of Sport of the Formentera Council has announced the Antoni Blanc sports centre will once again open its doors to islanders September 12. Operations at the centre will cease for the first two weeks of the month to allow for maintenance. CiF sports councillor Jordi Vidal reported crews would clean the building's façade, disinfect changing rooms, the swimming pool and other areas and regulate chlorine in water at the centre.

Maintenance workers will also conduct a revision and inventory of lockers and other material at the centre. They will take time to refit old tiles and repaint part of the building's interior. The work will be done by Council staff and outside contractors. “These are things that can only be done when the fitness centre is empty,” said Vidal, who underscored the importance of such regular upkeep both for maintenance and hygiene reasons while apologising for the inconvenience it might cause.

The Antoni Blanc centre will re-open for sports centre and pool activities next Monday. Classes and timetables can be consulted here: http://www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat/images/stories/Horaris_poliesportiu_piscina/HORARIS_POLIESPORTIU_ANTONI_BLANC_imprimir.jpg

Council adds three big-name consultants to sports values roster

signatura esports 03 19 agost 2016The Formentera Council's Office of Sport has signed three sponsorship deals with athletes Mateo Sanz, Ricard Marí and Óscar Santos. The three sportsmen, who will take on a consulting role in a Council programme to promote values in sport, agree to wear clothing emblazoned with Formentera graphics at their competitive meets. In turn, they will receive money from the Council to foster their continued participation in high-level competitions.

Windsurfer Mateo Sanz, who recently became the first Formentera local to compete in the Olympic games, will receive €10,000. Another €2,000 will go to Ricard Marí, a triathlete from the island who on October 8 will participate in the most long-standing and prestigious of the Ironman competitions, on Hawaii. This February local runner Óscar Santos snagged the bronze medal in Turkey's European junior cross-country racing championship. Santos will also receive sponsorship from the Council in the amount of €2,000.

As Jordi Vidal, CiF sports councillor, put it: “These athletes are living proof that if you work hard and stick with it you can make it all the way to the highest level competitions, even starting out from a little island like ours”. Local youth, mused Councillor Vidal, will no doubt be closely tracking the paths of the three sportsmen.

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