World cham­pion to set up wind­surf­ing cen­tre

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A PROJECT to set up a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for wind­surf­ing in Santa Pola has been an­nounced by Olympic wind­surfer Iván Pas­tor.

This cen­tre for prac­ti­tion­ers of the sport to train and per­fect their tech­nique will be opened at the Club Náu­tico, ex­plained coun­cil­lor for sports María Dolores Tomás.

Sr Pas­tor, who is a nine-time world cham­pion and four-time Olympic cham­pion, in­di­cated that he also could pass on the ben­e­fits of his knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence from a long ca­reer to other sailors in the Va­len­cia re­gion.

Fur­ther­more, the hope is that this cen­tre will be a key fa­cil­ity for the prepa­ra­tions for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Club Náu­tico pres­i­dent Pas­cual Orts said: “We all re­alise that a day will come when Iván will no longer be at the max­i­mum level which is re­quired from an elite sports­man and, know­ing that this will come, we are now start­ing to cre­ate a new path so that Iván can keep giv­ing ev­ery­thing to those young wind­surfers who are start­ing their own paths.”

The cen­tre will not only play host to train­ing wind­surfers from the Club Náu­tico or the sport’s fed­er­a­tion, but also to many in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors who know Sr Pas­tor and want to train with him. They will also be very aware of the ‘mag­nif­i­cent weather’ that Santa Pola en­joys, added the spokes­woman.

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