Woman and sport, the eternal career ”. discussing gender equality in sports

07/19/2021 at 1:06 PM CEST

“SPORT WITL Talks: women and sports, the eternal race & rdquor; is a social project, organized by ‘Where is the limit?’ and the SPORT newspaper, which aims to give voice and diffusion to role of women in sport and in society.

To achieve this, both platforms jointly organize several conferences in round table format, moderated by the sports journalist Carme Barceló and starring several luxury guests, well-known female faces and references from different sports disciplines. All of them discuss various topics related to gender equality in the sports field: sexism; maternity; media visibility; difference in opportunities, resources and salaries between the two genders; management of success and failure; etc.

In the first of these talks, the next Thursday, July 29 at 8 p.m., they will accompany us four great references of sports disciplinesIt’s as different as synchronized swimming, roller hockey, martial arts, and track and field. Four women whose careers in highly competitive sports are full of successes and medals. They are Gemma Mengual, Teresa Bernadas, Carlota Prendes Y Cristina Lara.

If you are interested, you can see this first SPORT WITL Talks in a totally free. You just have to fill in the form that you will find here , You will automatically receive an email with a link that, when the conference starts, we will redirect to streaming.

Go ahead and find motivation with us in a very dynamic and exciting conference format.

Moderator: Carme Barceló

Sports journalist, “They told me that I would fall and since then I live stomping. “

Degree in Information Sciences, Journalism and Advertising. Carme Barceló has been active for 36 years working in various audiovisual media and written press. Currently in Atresmedia, Sport, the digital portal The Luxonomist and the Sport & Style supplement of Diario Sport, of which she is director. In addition, she is a lecturer and communication consultant and has taught masters in Production and Public Relations at the Ramón Llull University in Barcelona.

Speakers:Gemma Mengual, Former Artistic Swimming swimmer and businesswoman, “A life dedicated to water. “

Gemma Mengual, also known by the nickname “La sirena”, is an athlete, mother and businesswoman. Synchronized Swimming Swimmer (what is currently known as “Artistic Swimming”), is considered one of the best of all time and a world reference in its specialty. In 1992 he joined the National Team, which was the beginning of a brilliant record, in which they stand out 17 Gold, 18 Silver and 12 Bronze medals, between World Championships, European and Olympic Games. This collection of metals and hits make her one of the most successful Spanish athletes in history.

Out of the water, Gemma Mengual has received the National Sports Award for the best Spanish Athlete (2005), the Gold Medal – Royal Order of Sports Merit (2007) and, in 2009, she was a candidate for the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports.

After 20 years in high-performance sports, in 2012, a few months after the London Olympic Games, the Catalan swimmer announced her retirement with these words: “I am retiring because I have already given everything I could give to this sport” . However, years later, as a mother, she decided to jump into the pool again and, in 2016, she participated in her fourth and last Olympic Games (Rio 2016) in the form of a duet with Ona Carbonell.

From that moment, a new stage in Gemma Mengual’s life began, in which she had to reinvent herself and evolve. Currently, Gemma applies the values ​​derived from her experience with high performance sports on a daily basis: work, effort, sacrifice, perseverance, humility and order. She is a modern and chameleonic woman, closely linked to the world of fashion, cosmetics, solidarity, restoration, wellness and healthy eating, both for herself and for her entire family, and collaborates with the Royal Spanish Federation of Artistic Swimming as an advisor to the national team.

In her talk, Gemma Mengual will explain to us what she has learned throughout her professional career and how sport can help achieve gender equality.

Cristina Lara, Professional sprinter “You run like a girl & rdquor;

Cristina Lara is a 25-year-old high-level sprinter. She is a sports lover who one day an elementary school teacher discovered what would become her passion: athletics.

Its beginnings did not point towards a high levelOn the contrary, his development was late and he learned what it is to not get what you want very early. But something changed in her, and not only physically, but she discovered that with discipline and work dreams are achieved that even before you would have never considered. Six titles at the national level, one gold at the European level, seven years running with the Spanish National Team, several individual records in minor categories and the national relay record attest to his sporting career.

Beyond sports, Cristina is a social worker and specializes in organizing and planning social and community projects. She is a great defender of the values ​​of sport as agents of transformation and developers of social and personal skills, and seeks to bring these learnings closer to society.

Today she has returned to compete, after a time away from the tracks due to a serious knee injury that forced her to undergo surgery. However, this stone in the way has not prevented Cristina from continuing to pursue her sports dreams.

Carlota Prendes, European Champion of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu 2020, “Martial arts are not for girls.”

Carlota Prendes is a young woman from Murcia who has been linked to contact sports all her life. From 6 to 12 years old, he did judo, but never at a high level, and he had to quit as he overlapped with other activities. He always wanted to do judo, but his mother did not let him, because she said she was a girl and small. At the age of 15 he started with the BJJ and, a year later, he began to compete, winning a silver in his first European junior. The following years not only competed in BJJ, but also in “grappling” (gold in junior no gi -52 and gold in gi -64) and sambo.

In the 2019/2020 season, she won the European WB Senior in less than -48.5 kg, proclaiming herself the European Champion of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and, in addition, she was bronze in sambo, gold in grappling no gi junior (-49) and silver in grappling gi senior (-52). This year (2020/21 season), despite the difficulties in terms of covid, injuries and the lack of competitions, he achieved bronze in sambo, gold in grappling no gi junior and bronze in grappling gi senior.

Carlota’s goal is to continue competing in different contact sports (such as judo, wrestling or combat sambo) and end up being a professional in one of these sports in order to make a living, since that is what she is really passionate about and thinks to fight for. it.

In her talk, Carlota will explain to us what is the role of women in a sports field, that of contact sports, in which historically there has always been more male presence.

Teresa Bernadas, Three-time Roller Hockey World Champion “Allow yourself to fall to come back stronger.”

Teresa Bernadas started in roller hockey at the age of 7 at Igualada FHCP, a club where she was from 2001 to 2012. At the age of 14 she made her debut in the senior team, with which she was runner-up in Spain in 2009. Later, in 2012, he signed for Club Patín Alcorcón in Madrid, where he won the CEuropean Championship 2014 and was runner-up in the 2013 Queen’s Cup. In 2014 he moved to France to compete in the ranks of the US-Coutras Féminine, obtaining the European Runner-up and the French Championship in 2015, the year in which he left the club to return to CP Alcorcón until 2017. It was then that he decided to return to Catalonia, signing for the Club Patí Voltregà (in which she currently plays), with whom she was proclaimed European Champion in 2019 and European Runner-up in 2021.

At the international level, Teresa is a fundamental pillar in the Spanish selection. With the U20 it was three-time European champion three consecutive years (2009, 2010 and 2011) until, in 2014, she debuted with the Spanish National Team, with whom she was proclaimed European Champion (2015) and three times World Champion at the World Roller Games (Iquique 2016, Nanjing 2017 and Barcelona 2019 ), being chosen as the best goalkeeper in the world in 2016.

In addition, with the Catalan National Team he also won the Spanish Under18 Championship three times (2010, 2011 and 2012).

In her talk, Teresa will explain to us what her experience and learning has been in women’s high performance sports, in her case roller hockey, and how she sees the evolution of the role of women in the sports field from its beginnings in 2001 to today.

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