Río Negro has a unique program in the country. It is about the “Olympic Projection”, which brings together 13 athletes from Rio Negro from different disciplines with the aim that they get to participate in the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris or four years later, in Los Angeles, Atlanta.
This initiative consists of a scholarship and comprehensive assistance to the selected athletes, of $ 45,000 per month – throughout the year – so that they can grow, enhancing their own capacities and efforts.
The 13 selected for the program include five women and one male athlete with disabilities, since gender equality and opportunities is a transversal policy of the Provincial Government. The beneficiaries and beneficiaries are: the swimmer Anna Hussman, the weightlifter Dante Pizutti and the skiers Franco Dalfarra, Juan Vallecillo and Francesca Baruzzi (the 5 from Bariloche); the basketball player Sol Castro (Río Colorado); the judokas Rodrigo Jara (Viedma) and Juan Paniccia (Cinco Saltos); the paddler Juan Lascano (Viedma); the athletes Hernán Urra (Cinco Saltos) and Martina Escudero (Cipolletti); volleyball player Valentina Paredes (Cipolletti) and goalkeeper Iván Nikolajuk (General Conesa).
The first contributions of this program -a work coordinated between the General Secretariat and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports– have already been accredited and include a comprehensive support plan with medical professionals, who strengthen preparation and training.
The program, with 100% provincial financing, incorporates nutritional counseling, psychological support, medical equipment, kinesiology, anthropometry (foot exams and orthopedic insoles), travel assistance, Province clothing, training in the use of social networks and shopping eventual elements necessary for sports practice.
Seven athletes from Rio Negro managed to participate in at least one Summer Olympic Game: Luis Marello (canoeing; Seoul ’88 and Barcelona ’92), Gustavo Cirillo (canoeing; Barcelona ’92), Javier Correa (canoeing; Atlanta ’96, Sidney ’00 and Atenas ’04), Diego Rosati (judo; Beijing ’08), Miguel Correa (boating; Beijing ’08 and London ’12), Héctor Campos (judo; London ’12) and Agustín Vidal (handball; London ’12).