Judoka Carmen Herrera participates in a Mentor 10 activity at Diego Lobato

The judoka from Malaga Carmen Herrera has starred, in the Diego Lobato Municipal Sports Center, a new activity of the program Mentor 10launched by the Ministry of Education and Sport with the aim of promoting the values ​​of sport and healthy lifestyles among schoolchildren and young athletes.

The event was attended by the territorial delegate for Education and Sport in Huelva, Estela Villalba; the Councilor for Mobility and Citizen Security, Luis Albilloand the president of the Club Deportivo Trabajo, Sueño y Valor, Santiago Bernardez.

Carmen Herrera, born on September 26, 1974 in Malaga, came into the world with albinism, a genetic condition that limits their visual acuity and that in adapted sports receives the B3 classification for judo. He reached the top of adapted judo, a Paralympic sport practiced by people with total or partial blindness whose fights begin with the two opponents grabbing each other by the lapels.

It has a spacious and successful sports record, among which stand out his three golds at the Paralympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012, two golds at the IBSA World Games, one gold, two silvers and one bronze at the World Championships, two golds and two bronzes at the Europe. He has also obtained the Andalusian Medal in 2008 – the highest award granted by the Autonomous Community – and the Andalusian Sports Award in 2004, 2007 and 2008, among other sporting merits.

Beyond being a legend of Spanish adapted sports, Herrera is also a lover of philosophypolitics, theology or computer science, he also has the title of Superior Technician in Animation of Physical and Sports Activities (TAFAD) and has studied a master’s degree in sports coaching at the University of Malaga.

An athlete with personality, he stands out for a competitiveness and unusual winning character, which allowed her to win almost always in the important moments and on occasions when she had a lot against her, overcoming the technical limitations that she admits to having on the tatami in relation to more skillful rivals, but perhaps mentally weaker.

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“Carmen is a clear example that if you want you can, she is an emissary of sportsmanship and of values ​​as necessary as effort, self-improvement, perseverance, respect, or sportsmanship, running as a judo flag bearer”, Villalva highlighted.

The delegate addressed the CD Trabajo, Sueño y Valor students and encouraged them “to achieve their dreams, not only in sports, but also in education and professionalism, as Carmen Herrera has done”, which she explained his sports career since its inception and has instilled among the participants values inherent to sport, encouraging those present to combine studies with sports practice.

The program Mentor10 It is a strategic project that progressively carries out at different levels the formation in values ​​and the promotion of Healthy habits to the school-age population and, at the same time, constitutes a significant boost for the training of Andalusian sports talents, thanks to 21 mentors who will guide them in the initial phase of their sports careers.

The idea is that the children and young people who participate in this project have the reference of people who have passed through the world of elite sportfor the success and that they have done it, moreover, from the base.

In addition to Carmen Herrera, the athletes who belong to this program in its third edition and who are mentors of the Andalusian sport are Blanca Manchon, Maria Perez, Jose Manuel Ruiz, Carolina Marin, Fatima Galvez, Damian Quintero, Carlos Marchena, Berni Rodriguez, Lourdes Mohedano, Regino Hernandez, Maria Pujol, Carmen Martin, Joshua Brachi, Emilio Martin, Adrian Gavira, Celia Jimenez, John Baptist ‘Chamba’, Ruben Alcantara, Maria Pelaez and Jose Manuel Quintero.

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