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July 19, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete David Casinos

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete David Casinos

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Friday, July 19, 2013

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Laura Hale interviews David Casinos for Wikinews

David Casinos at the airport in Madrid before departing for France
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With the IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to start Friday (today), Wikinews interviewed Spanish athlete David Casinos at Madrid–Barajas Airport Monday before he departed for Lyon, France.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Hello I’m interviewing David Casinos, Spain’s most famous track and field athlete in Paralympic sport, for Wikinews. So you’re competing at the IPC World Championships are going to win a whole lot of medals? Which medals are you going to win?

David Casinos :Well, I’d like above all to perform well, because it would mean I’d be closer to the medals. I’m humble in that sense.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png As somebody who’s been competing a long time in track and field, how has stuff changed form when you first started out to now?

David Casinos: The biggest change I’ve seen has been with regards to media, communication, but above all the Plan ADO Paralympic. The professionalization of Plan ADO, becoming professional sportspeople. Spanish Paralympic sports is now more known to the media and in the world.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Have there been more opportunities for sponsorship as your Paralympics profile has grown?

David Casinos: Yes!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Would you like to promote a few of them?

David Casinos: I’ve got several sponsors, one of them is Toro Loco, an energy drink, there’s also Diputación de Valencia, Fundación Trinidad Alfonso, from Juan Roig, Mercadona, Moncada which is my townhall, Valencia Terra i Mar… I may be forgetting one of them now. I’ve got several.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png In London one of the Australians said that it was time for athletics in the Paralympics to be able to become more professional and get shoe sponsorship. Do you know if any of the Spanish ones are covering shoe logos if they don’t have sponsorship? [Editor’s note: here the translator asked a different question in Spanish, about whether shoe brands were helping athletes.]((es))

David Casinos: No. This does not happen.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is this going to be an issue? I mean is Spain at the level where it can become an issue?

David Casinos: I for example have a big sponsor, Italian Macron Sports, which also sponsors the Italian and Spanish Leagues of soccer. So I don’t have that problem. I feel very supported.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay. So, you’re a visual-impaired athlete, and do you run with a guide?

David Casinos: I don’t run with one, but I do need a guide to do series, jump, to do everything I need to do in training to throw very far.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How helpful are guides in terms of how much they potentially impact outcomes, do you think?

David Casinos: For me the guide is a basic component of my daily work. When competing, they simply help you to get in and out of the field, and you do the rest, but in a daily basis what I call the backstage, the guide helps you with the weights, jumps, positions. There’s more work even, behind the competition scenes.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Spain has a long history of blind sports, compared to other countries. Do you have an explanation as to why there are so many blind athletes?

David Casinos: Well, above all we have ONCE, the organization greatly responsible for disabled people having available a series of options, including sports. And in that respect ONCE has been very pioneering. Absolutely pioneering. And that’s good. What’s happening now is that other countries are discovering their Paralympians.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is there anything you think an international audience should know about you or the Paralympic movement in Spain?

David Casinos: I’m just another sportsperson who fights for his dream, which is sports, to surpass myself, day after day, after having a great challenge which was losing my sight. And that is the message I like to transmit to people through coaching.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay. ¡Muchas gracias!

David Casinos: Okay!



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July 18, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Elena Congost Mohedano

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Elena Congost Mohedano

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Laura Hale interviews Elena Congost Mohedano for Wikinews

Elena Congost Mohedano at the airport in Madrid before departing for France
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With the IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to start this Friday, Wikinews interviewed Spanish T12 classified long distance runner Elena Congost Mohedano at Madrid–Barajas Airport Monday before he departed for Lyon, France. Congost is scheduled to compete in the T12 1500 meters.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Hello, I’m interviewing Elena Congost Mohedano who is a Spanish Paralympic athlete who won a silver in London and is going to Lyon to compete in the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships. Having won a medal in London are you going to get another one in this one?

Elena Congost Mohedano : Yes! I train all year to go to win a medal.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Which medal?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Gold! (laughs)

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Which event?

Elena Congost Mohedano: In 1500m.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So you’re a long distance runner. And you don’t train/run with a guide because you’re, what, T-13?

Elena Congost Mohedano: I’m T-12.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Ah. So you have a degenerative eye disease, so your vision is getting worse? ((es))

Elena Congost Mohedano: Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you expect it to get much worse over your continued history competing?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Now it’s stalled, but next year it’s possible.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you plan to stick since you’ve been competing since 2002, right…?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Yes, [Unintelligible].

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you plan to continue running until 2020 if Madrid gets the Games?

Elena Congost Mohedano: I don’t know. (laughs) First 2016 in Rio, and then… I don’t know.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png There’s so few women competing for Spain. Is that an additional challenge as an athlete in this country?

Elena Congost Mohedano: No… In this country there are more girls in 100m, 200m and long jump. More people. In middle distance no. Two, three, four girls only.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Why do you think there’s so few women on the Spanish team? It’s like 27 total Spanish competing, and there’s like [three] women?

Elena Congost Mohedano: I don’t know… The level is high internationally, but in Spain… no more level.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Someone with a visual impairement, there’s a lot of sports you could do?

Elena Congost Mohedano: The people now are very lazy. (laughs) No one runs. (laughs)

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png With so many sporting opportunities for people with vision impairments in Spain, why did you choose track and field?

Elena Congost Mohedano: When I was young, my dream was to become an athlete. I saw them in tv, in races, and I told my parents “my wish is to win a gold medal in the Olympics!”

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is there any particular athlete you remember from when you were young being particularly inspiring?

Elena Congost Mohedano: No.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Spain has these really distinctive uniforms. The colors… Do people ever comment to you about them? Because in the US they were like, “your uniforms look like McDonald’s!”((es))

Elena Congost Mohedano: (laughs) In London, everyone said they were not good… They said we looked like clowns. But this one now is…redder. Better.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png As somebody who’s been competing for more than ten years, has there been a big change in the Paralympic movement from your perspective?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Yes! Every year the level is higher. In the Paralympics, every four years I increase my performance level.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you think that the increased competition has made you a better athlete?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Yes! Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Thank you very much!

Elena Congost Mohedano: Okay!



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July 17, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Alberto Suárez Laso

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Alberto Suárez Laso

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Alberto Suárez Laso at the airport in Madrid before departing for France
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With the IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to start this Friday, Wikinews interviewed Spanish T12 classified long distance runner Alberto Suárez Laso at Madrid–Barajas Airport Monday before he departed for Lyon, France. Suárez is scheduled to compete in two events, the T12 5,000 meters and marathon events.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Hi this is Laura Hale. I’m interviewing Alberto Suárez, who is a visually-impaired runner competing for Spain in the IPC World Championships. What events are you doing?((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso : Marathon and 5000m.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You have a World Record? Are you going to smash it and give Spain a gold medal?((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso: This time it’s a bit complicated because I’m going a bit injured.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Ah. You finished second in London [the 2012 Summer Paralympics?((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso : I finished first.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png The injury has impacted you training?((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso : For the last three weeks I’ve been doing gym and walking machine only. I have pain in my Achilles tendon.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So, as someone who writes from an international perspective, do you think Spain’s got all that stuff to help you properly? The medical support, stuff to help you recuperate and be a great runner?

Alberto Suárez Laso : I hope so. We’re there, they’ve been treating me very well and I hope to be able to run without pain, which is the most important thing. I’ve got the training, but I need to remove that pain.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you run with a guide?

Alberto Suárez Laso : No.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay, so are you T-13?

Alberto Suárez Laso : T-12.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Oh. So it’s optional for a guy at T-12?

Translator : He could, but he’s not too badly impaired. He can run by himself.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So is your preference to run without a guide?

Alberto Suárez Laso : It’s complicated because of the pace I run at. I would require several guides, and it’s hard to find them.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do most of your competitors run with guides?

Alberto Suárez Laso : Not among the first ones. Well, there are a couple that do run with guides, but the rest don’t.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is there anything you would like to say about this competition coming up that people from an international sporting community would find valuable to know?

Alberto Suárez Laso : Mm, I don’t know what to say!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay. Thank you very much!((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso : You’re welcome!((es))



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July 16, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Gustavo Nieves Campello

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Gustavo Nieves Campello

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Laura Hale interviews Gustavo Nieves Campello for Wikinews

Gustavo Nieves Campello at the airport in Madrid before departing for France
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With the IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to start this Friday, Wikinews interviewed Spanish T12 classified long distance runner Gustavo Nieves Campello at Madrid–Barajas Airport yesterday before he departed for Lyon, France. Nieves is scheduled to compete in two events, the T12 5,000 and 10,000 meter events.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Hello this is Laura Hale, I’m interviewing Gustavo Nieves Campello for English Wikinews. You’re competing at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon. What events?

Gustavo Nieves Campello : 5000m and 10000m.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And are you one of Spain’s medal favorites?

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Not…really. Bronze medal, maybe. It’s difficult. The African runners are very good.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you think coming from Spain and competing in Europe you have an advantage over the Africans who have to travel more?((es))

Gustavo Nieves Campello : No, I don’t think I am a favorite.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Who else are you competing with? Are there any Australians or New Zealanders you have to beat to have to come longer?((es))

Gustavo Nieves Campello : No, there are no Australians in the event.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You’re vision-impaired? Do you run with a guide?

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Yes, and no.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So how bad is your vision in terms of impacting your running compared to people who’ve got full sight?((es))

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Blurry vision and tunnel vision.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You lost your sight at 17? Really suddenly? You did Athletics before?((es))

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Yes, at 17. Before I played football.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Oh, that’s right, you considered becoming a pro football player. And you never considered five-a-side football?

Gustavo Nieves Campello : No, no. I began to run and here I am.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Thank you very much!

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Thank you.



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August 26, 2012

Algerian 2012 Paralympic coaches express optimism

Algerian 2012 Paralympic coaches express optimism

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

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London, England — With the 2012 Summer Paralympics due to start in London later this week, Algeria’s athletics competitors are ready to earn medals in their events.

According to the team’s athletics coaches in a conversation with Wikinews, the runners have been well prepared and have international experience that has prepared them for the Games, having won eleven medals at the 2011 IPC World Championships, eight of which were gold. The coaches believe their runners should easily defeat their African counterparts from Nigeria and Kenya.

The team is comprised of 17 male competitors and six female competitors. Athletics events commence on Thursday.



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