There was a time when the words “athletics” and “woman” together in the same sentence were almost impossible to find, but a woman born in Castelserás, Teruel, paved the way by taking golden steps. Her name was Carmen Valero.
In 1975, she won a historic world bronze medal in cross-country running. Shortly after, two world gold medals confirmed her success in athletics. She achieved what no Spanish female athlete had ever achieved before: qualification for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, where she very narrowly missed out on advancing to the next round in the 1500m.
Carmen Valero, Spain’s first female Olympic athlete and two-time world champion, paved the way. A path that was later followed by Carolina, Sandra, Elisa, Elena, Yahomai, Alba, Tamara, Belén, Laura, Alejandra... and 300,000 other sportswomen.
Iberdrola has already paved the way for clean energy. And now, it is doing the same for equality through sport, being the first company to make a firm and global commitment to women’s sport by supporting 16 federations: gymnastics, triathlon, rugby, canoeing, badminton, football, handball, volleyball, hockey, table tennis, athletics, karate, boxing, surfing, ice sports and fencing. And lending its name to 23 leagues, all of them top-tier, and 35 other competitions.
DREAMING OF THE GAMES
It has taken longer than usual to get there, but it now feels unstoppable. After five years of effort and improvement, the stars of Spanish sport continue to train to the highest standards. The most eagerly awaited Olympic Games in history is ready, and it promises to be unforgettable.
On Wednesday 26 May, we bid farewell to several of the sportswomen who will represent Spain at the Games. They all took part in the Light of Iberdrola lighting ceremony, which will remain illuminated during the Games as a symbol of the company's commitment to women's sport and empowerment.
Sportswomen such as Sandra Sánchez, the best karateka in history, World Champion and six times European Champion; the hockey player Bea Pérez, European and World bronze medallist in recent years; Carolina Marín, gold medallist at the Rio Olympics and three-time world champion; Teresa Portela, who will be competing in her sixth Games; handball world runner-up Eli Cesáreo; six-time Spanish champion Loida Zabala; Triathlete Miriam Casillas, who came in eighth place in the World Series in Japan; The walker Laura García Caro, individual bronze and team gold in the European Cup; Maria Xiao, the rising star of Spanish table tennis; Desireé Vila, eighth in the long jump at the World Adapted Athletics Championships, and Eva Moral, gold medal winner in the Milan World Series, among other successes.
WE PROMOTE WOMEN’S SPORT
Iberdrola currently collaborates with 16 federations (gymnastics, triathlon, rugby, canoeing, badminton, football, handball, volleyball, hockey, table tennis, athletics, karate, boxing, surfing, ice sports and fencing) and gives its name to 23 national leagues in different disciplines, reaching more than 33,000 sportswomen in Spain.
The handball, hockey and artistic gymnastics teams have already secured a place at the Games. Along with many of the sportswomen we are promoting: Clara Azurmendi, Sandra Sánchez, Teresa Portela, Maialen Chourraut, Nuria Vilarrubia, Maria Xiao, Galia Dvorak, Miriam Casillas, Anna Godoy, Lili Fernández and Elsa Baquerizo.
IBERDROLA SUPERA AWARDS
Promoting grassroots sport among girls, helping to incorporate women into competitions and increasing their visibility, encouraging the inclusion of people with special abilities in sport, promoting the integration of women in society and pursuing sustainable development within the field of sport are some of the objectives pursued by Iberdrola.
Which is why the first Iberdrola SuperA Awards was created in 2020. These awards recognise and support projects, programmes and initiatives promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women through sport.
Iberdrola will award six prizes of 50,000 euros, one for each category. A panel comprising nine women and five men, all of them well-known personalities from the world of sport, will choose the six winners. Along with Ona Carbonell, who was recently recruited, Amanda Sampedro, Carolina Marín, Conchita Martinez, Javier Fernández, Jesús Carballo, Manu Carreño, Marta Arce, Paloma del Río, Sandra Sánchez, Silvia Navarro, Talant Dujshebaev, Teresa Perales and the former national football coach, Vicente del Bosque, will participate in the deliberations, as in the first awards.
With 690 applications submitted, almost a third more than in 2020, the 2nd awards consolidates the interest of federated athletes, sports associations and clubs, national and regional federations, schools, colleges and different public and private organisations in getting involved in the initiative.
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Iberdrola has already paved the way for clean energy. And now, it is doing the same for equality through sport, being the first company to make a firm and global commitment to women’s sport.
Dreaming of the games
Iberdrola currently collaborates with 16 federations and gives its name to 23 national leagues in different disciplines, reaching more than 33,000 sportswomen in Spain.
Iberdrola SuperA Awards
With 690 nominations submitted, the 2nd awards consolidates the interest of sportswomen and organisations in getting involved in the initiative.