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November 6, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish shooter Paulo Fontán

Wikinews interviews Spanish shooter Paulo Fontán

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

This year’s Spanish IPC European Shooting Championship team
Image: Comité Paralímpico Español.

This week, Wikinews interviewed Spanish Paralympic sport shooter Paulo Fontán Torreiro. Late last month, Galician Fontán competed at the Alicante hosted 2013 IPC European Shooting Championship, where he finished twenty-third in the R4 10-meter air rifle standing event, and fortieth in the R5 10-meter air rifle prone event.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png: So you competed at the IPC European Shooting Championships last month? How did you do? Are you happy with the result?((es))

Paulo Fontán Torreiro: Yes, I competed in the European Championship in Alicante. It was my first important event and I felt very nervous, I wanted to perform well. Despite improving my previous scores and achieving the minimum qualifying score for next year’s World Championship, I think I could have done better.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: What do you think you need to improve to possibly compete at the 2016 Rio Paralympics and get a medal?((es))

Paulo Fontán: Basically I would need to be able to train more constantly, obtain financial resources to participate in international events, and have a bit of luck on the day of the competition.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: What are the biggest challenges you face on the road to the Rio Games? Money? Good competition? The support network to travel and compete at the highest level? Disability access at training venues?((es))

Paulo Fontán: All that are included in the questions. In order to train effectively, you need adequate facilities, and that’s not the norm here. And to increase my level, I would need to compete against good rivals, basically at international events. For that, I require money and support, something that’s not too available.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Why did you chose to compete in shooting? Why not compete in another sport?((es))

Paulo Fontán: I first tried other sports but finally focused on shooting because it fits my capabilities better, I’m not bad at it, and there is a very agreeable atmosphere at the competitions.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Who are your role models in shooting? Are there any shooters you particularly admire?((es))

Paulo Fontán: I must thank the support Juan Saavedra has given me since I started, and which he keeps giving me when I need it. I would like to mention Marciano Vázquez, the Spanish national team coach, too for his advice and trust in me when he called me up for the European Championship: I hope to return his trust with some future triumph.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: What is the sport shooting culture like in Spain? Are people generally supportive when you tell them what sport you compete in?((es))

Paulo Fontán: I don’t think it’s very well known, and there could be some rejection because of the “pegar tiros” part, but that’s out of ignorance since it is mainly a mental sport, a sport requiring focus.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Do you think the classification system in shooting is fair? Do you think it should be changed?((es))

Paulo Fontán: I’ve only been doing this for three years and haven’t had time to analyze it deeply so as to have an opinion about it.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Would you recommend the sport to other people with disabilities? What are reasons they should or should not take up the sport?((es))

Paulo Fontán: Yes, I would recommend it, and I would because it is a sport which can be practiced by a wide array of different disabilities, and for a long time. The biggest problem is the high initial investment, the lack of adequate facilities or the cost of travelling to competitions since there are not many places that allow people with disabilities to participate.((es))



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August 13, 2006

Forest fires continue to rage in Spain

Forest fires continue to rage in Spain – Wikinews, the free news source

Forest fires continue to rage in Spain

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Galicia is an autonomous community in the northwest of Spain.

Several forest fires which have ruined well over ten thousand hectares of land are continuing to burn in the Spanish region of Galicia today.

Four people have perished so far in the blazes which the government says were started intentionally by arsonists over a week ago. Police have arrested twenty-four people on suspicion of starting the fires. Among those being detained is a ninety-four year-old man.

“Those arrested are people who knew exactly what they were doing, knew they were committing crimes and went up into the hills to start fires, sometimes more than one,” said the president of Galicia’s regional government, Emilio Perez Tourino.

Four hundred troops are currently in the northwestern county guarding densely-populated areas, airports and power stations. Spain’s President of Government, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, said earlier this week that an additional 1,200 army personnel would be sent to the area to assist the fire service.

Yesterday, flames continued to threaten Galicia, but the number of fires said to be out of control reportedly dropped thanks to the vigorous efforts of firefighters, soldiers and volunteers.

Alfredo Canal, a Galician rural agency chief, told Reuters yesterday: “We have a situation that is noticeably better than in recent days.”

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