Photography: Isidoro Valenzuela M.
In 2019, it was the last time that the most prominent athletes in the region met, and were called upon by the sports organizations. That is until now, when the pandemic has allowed us to resume the tradition of character distinctions that marked the season.
In the Hotel Terrano de Concepción, the award ceremony for the best athletes of the year took place, an example presided over by the Seremi athlete, Andrea Saldaña, in the company of several authorities such as Senator, Sebastián Keitel, deputies Roberto Arroyo, Chair of the Sports Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, and María Candelaria Acevedo, in addition To the mayors and regional sports representatives.
Through the evaluation committee, 42 preachers in 34 disciplines were selected for the occasion, and special awards were handed out, such as the basketball team of the University of Concepción, Chile’s multiple champions for 2022.
This time, the award for ‘Best of the Best’ in the traditional sport went to female canoeist, Maria Jose Milliard, who had a stellar season being on the podium at the World Cup in Halifax, as well as at the Pan American Championships in Canada and the South American Games in Asuncion, where he won two gold medals.
The oarsman, who belongs to the Piragüistas de Laja club, is doing her pre-season at altitude, in Colombia, as part of the preparation process for the 2023 Pan American Games, where she will be one of the favorites to win the gold medal. However, through a video thanking the award.
“It is a great honor to receive this important award from the region. I send you all my thanks for the support you always give me. Thank you very much for the recognition.”
For her part, in Paralympic sports, the winner was Paralympic scientist Kathryn Wollermann, who touched the sky this season at the Pan American Games in Canada, where she won the gold medal in the K1200-meter race, in addition to the silver medal in the World Cup. held in the same country. “This award is very important, especially after complicated years as a result of the pandemic. We are moving forward with all health problems and this makes it all the more beneficial to return to a competitive level.”
In this sense, Sports Seremi, Andrea Saldaña, highlighted the example that allows the resumption of the traditional awards ceremony. “It has been a complicated year for our athletes, having to pay a cost due to the health crisis, experiencing uncertainties and often being unable to anticipate their year of competition. But they have gone ahead and given it the level the Beaubio region deserves. That is why it was essential to honor and reward them for their their achievements and efforts.”
The list of award-winning athletes is completed by: Pablo Salinas (chess); Josefa Quezada (athletics); Alberto Heller (motorsports); Javier Parra (basketball); Renato Pierreart (BMX Bikecross); Nicolas Moraga and Constanza Ball (handball); Antonella Mora (track and road bike); Alonso Bizama (weightlifting); Columba Vivaldi (artistic gymnastics); Laura Rich (rhythmic gymnastics); Felipe Richard (field hockey); Jose Jara (judo); Paulina Vega (table tennis); Lorenzo Machilanda (karate); Antonia and Melita Abraham and Felipe Cárdenas (rowing); Camilla Ernst (sailing); Christopher (rugby); Alejandro Bancalari (tennis); Paulina Horta (Taekwondo); Edgardo Romero (wheelchair basketball); Niadette Garcis (electric winch); Pablo Suarez (Paralympic handball); Eduardo Perez (for tennis); Mauricio Orrego (Paralympic Athletics); Francesca Neiman (semi-swimming); Matilda Vicencio (volleyball); Marta Rosner (Master of Sports); Pablo Olivares (Codvin); Danilo Grisales (riding); Magdalena Muñoz and Natalia Pozzo (Basque Bellota); Daniel Camussig (regional contribution to the development of sports); Luis Sepúlveda (a talented athlete in weightlifting); Antonia Pichot (projection sports in rowing); Storm All Stars Chile Cheerleading Club (outstanding performance) and Rocío Muñoz (international kettlebells score).