The rector highlights the importance of practicing sports at the University

The rector of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), Julián Garde, has remarked that the academic institution is working on a program to reconcile academic life with sports life.

The University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) has started this Wednesday at the Toledo Campus the acts of recognition and delivery of awards and diplomas of the Rector Trophy and University Championships corresponding to the academic years 2020/2021 and 2021/2022, in the that the ceremony could not take place due to the pandemic.

The event, chaired by the rector, Julián Garde, was attended by several representatives of the university men’s and women’s handball teams, bronze and silver, respectively, in the world championships held last summer in Kosovo, the UCLM reported in a press release.

In a speech prior to the awards ceremony, the rector highlighted the importance of practicing sports at the University, expressed his satisfaction at the high level of participation and reiterated the need to have a program to reconcile academic life with sports life, “something that the UCLM is working on with the aim of encouraging professional sports in the student body”.

At the Toledo Campus, during the two years prior to the current one, 284 athletes participated in the Rector’s Trophy in individual modalities (chess, badminton, tennis, paddle tennis and table tennis) and 876 in collective modalities (84 futsal teams, basketball , football 7 and mixed volleyball), although the latter were only played in the 2021/2022 academic year after having been canceled in the previous one due to the pandemic.

On the other hand, the Toledo Campus is the one that has registered the most participation in the Spanish University Championships, with a total of 63 male and female athletes competing in 26 modalities.

Among other attendees at the event held this Wednesday were the medalists Patricia González Mejía and Ainara Gómez-Hidalgo, bronze in swimming and karate in 2022, respectively, or Carlos Albert López, Guillermo Cuesta and Javier Rojas, bronze in volleyball 2021.

They have also attended, representing their respective teams, Agustín Medovarschi, Ricardo Davinca, Samuel Peño and Sergio González and Inés Parra, María Llorca and Pilar Izquierdo, bronze and silver in men’s and women’s handball, respectively, in the University World Cup, disputed in Kosovo.

In the same act, celebrated in the presence of the vice-rector for Culture, Sports and Social Responsibility, César Sánchez; the dean of the Faculty of Sports Sciences, Enrique Hernando, and the delegate of the Toledo Campus, David Bejerano, among others, have also recognized the work of the people who have collaborated with the Sports Service.


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