Between the three they add at least 17 medals with the Spanish national basketball team and between all of them they have been at international level with Spain 595 times. they are Liya Palau, current captain of the Spanish women’s basketball team; Anna Montanana, Former assistant coach of Montaquite Fuenlabrada and a pioneer in leading a professional team in Colombia (Sabios Basketball); u Vonie Geur, He was part of the team that won the first international gold medal for Spain in Perugia in 1993.
Each has contributed in a special way to the making of history in the sport and now all participate in it together with a large number of players and former players, pros and non-professionals. Basketgirlz Project. Promoted by Endesa, the main sponsor of professional men’s and women’s basketball leagues along with CSD and the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB), the initiative seeks to encourage teenagers not to give up the practice of basketball. under the motto #LoInteligenteEsSeguir, his testimony shows what is learned in court It contributes to reinforcing other values in life such as effort, respect for one’s opponent or the importance of teamwork.
The heroes of our second podcast know what it’s like to play it in international competition. Therefore, first The imminent landing of the Spanish team at the Tokyo Olympics, they review together Pioneer of mediation and journalist Elena Jimenzo A few moments and difficulties that have brought him to the elite of our sport.
The current captain of the Spanish team has more medals than Pau Gasol. The daughter of basketball players, she tried football (of which she is still a good fan) before joining the school basketball team. As she herself says: “I didn’t even know you could be a professional, I’ve quite found it along the way.” At 41, he confesses that he learns basketball every day and has fallen in love with the sport over the past 10 years. After his bitter stint at EuroBasket in Valencia, where the team fell in the quarter-finals against Serbia, he hopes to retaliate by winning a medal in Tokyo, which will be his fourth Olympic Games.
Former player and coach, a pioneer in leading the men’s team at the ACB, as an assistant to Montaquit Fuenlabrada. We caught up with the top scorer of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Bilbao, with the senior instructor teaching courses as a tutor in charge of about 200 students. A few months ago she returned from Colombia in her first experience as coach of an international men’s professional team with Sabios de Manizales. As a kid she went through everything: swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, judo, a lot of football… Until one day she was called home by the older girls from school and she found her fortune. From the age of 12, when she made her debut in Dorna Godella, she knew she wanted to be a coach, although she lacked references. That’s why, she says, it’s so important that people who reach a certain position, like her, “stay in basketball, continue to help turn things around.”
Former player and mother of three national team players: Willie, Juancho and Andrea Hernangomez. She played at Barcelona 92 - “playing the Olympics is the culmination of a reporting career,” he says – and retired prematurely, winning the first gold for Spanish basketball (before the men’s team) at EuroBasket for women in 1993. after. raised. As a child in Seville, she moved to Madrid, where she began playing basketball “although at first I didn’t like it at all,” she laughs. At the age of 17 she signed for Canoe… although she abandoned her career in “to put my aspect as a mother first”. Thanks to her persistence to learn from sports, she found the strength to clear some competitive exams to get a position as a civil servant. He confesses that “When I retired I thought I would never step on the basketball field again… and now I don’t stop: as a spectator I had more nerves than my kids when I played. followed”.
The moderator of our podcast is a sports journalist and former basketball referee. He led the way in arbitration with Pilar Landera. When he started he was refereeing minor league, school, for eight games a week. He has refereeed the Reyes brothers in the lower tiers, teams coached by Pepu Hernandez, Amaya Valdemoro… His profession as an informant carries with him the value of basketball. As she herself says: “To be a good journalist you have to know how to be part of your team.”