Born in Alicante but resident in Almería, Patricia Quintanilla entered the world of sports at the age of seven. She wanted to be a member of a basketball team but an injury forced her to quit, and she began to practice swimming at nineteen. This sport has given her the chance to become Champion of Spain in the masters +30 and +35 categories; and to break the Spanish record in 100 meters freestyle and both in 50 and 100 meters backstroke. She was also Champion of Andalusia in the Absolute category. Currently she doesn’t compete anymore, but sport is still a part of her life as she continues to practice mountain climbing and kitesurfing. In addition, she organizes solidarity activities to raise money for Almerian children with cancer.
Martín and Marina are from Granada. Jorge and Leticia are from Málaga. The four of them compete in freestyle skiing, in the mogul modality. They are members of the team of the Specialized Sports Qualification Centre of Sierra Nevada. They have won several championships of Spain and have participated in different international competitions. Their goal is to compete in the Olympics.
At his young age, this swimmer from Sanlúcar de Barrameda, in the province of Cádiz, already knows what success is. Estéfano González is two times champion of Spain in his favourite style: butterfly stroke. He is still a member of the club to which he has belonged his whole life: the CD Natación Sanlúcar. He confesses that there he has found a family, good advice regarding sports and help to find balance in difficult times. Thanks to all this and his effort, Estéfano is beginning to be considered one of the rising talents of both Andalusian and Spanish swimming. Her dream is to win a medal in the Olympics.
This Andalusian is Duathlon World Champion 2016 in the sprint modality of the 35-39 age category. However, the successful trajectory of this Physical Education teacher began in 2011. It was then when Mónica Ortiz began to completely dedicate to this discipline. After seven kilometers and a half of running and twenty on a bike, she made the stopwatch stop at 1:09:44 in the trial held in Avilés (Asturias), and reached victory. Competitiveness runs through her veins and she assures that sport is her way of life. Mónica, who is a member of the CD Training Tri-Wug Club, doesn’t consider herself to be a successful woman, but someone who sets herself goals and that works very hard to accomplish them.