The Governing Council held today (Thursday, May 5, 2022), at the proposal of the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, agreed to award the 2022 Canary Islands Gold Medal to the following entities and individuals:
Radio Television Canaria (RTVC), Club Deportivo Tenerife, UNED, Rosa Aguilar (Rector of the ULL),
Agricultural Cooperative of the North of Gran Canaria, Miguel Velázquez Torres, Club Maxorata Lucha Canaria and Radio Lanzarote. The name of the distinguished ones is made public after the president of the Canary Islands communicates by telephone to the interested parties the granting of that distinction.
The Canary Islands Gold Medal
It was created by Decree 76/1986, of May 9, and is granted to people, corporations and institutions that, inside or outside the Canary Islands, have earned this recognition from the Canarian people.. It is granted by decree, prior agreement of the Governing Council. The initiative to award the Gold Medal corresponds to the President of the Canary Islands, by his own decision or at the proposal of the Parliament of the Canary Islands.
The winners in this 2022 edition will collect their medal at the institutional act of the Day of the Canary Islands. This will take place next Monday, May 30, at the Guimerá Theater in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Trajectory of the winners in 2022
Agricultural cooperative of the north of Gran Canaria
In the 20's of the last century, Mr. José Samsó Henríquez, main promoter of the creation of the so-called
"Yellow Syndicate" as it is popularly known, he wondered: "Why produce if we don't have markets to place the fruit, or if the only exporter pays us whatever price he wants?"
The Cooperativa Agrícola del Norte de Gran Canaria that he created was always eager for all kinds of mergers. In the 1920s, for example, he supported the
"Commonwealth of the agricultural unions of the north and south of Gran Canaria".
in the 30's, after the civil war, proposed the union of all the harvesters and exporters and the creation of a Rural Fund. In the 1960s, he again promoted Don José Samsó to create the “Insular Federation of Cooperatives, harvesters and exporting harvesters”.
In the 70, promoted and achieved the merger with the
«Cooperative Union of Farmers of Arucas», as well as that of La Aldea and Las Palmas. In addition, they participated in the creation of the "Group of Banana Cooperatives of the Canary Islands", being founding members of it, and from which they chose to leave in 2011, after various differences of criteria.
Currentlythis cooperative continues modernizing its facilities and lowering costs, it has its own water and an important photovoltaic park on the roof of its main warehouse, which promotes considerable energy savings, while at the same time reinforcing its commitment to innovation and respect for environment.
in 2003, the cooperative also became an Organization of Fruit and Vegetable Producers, thus diversifying its offer. They have created their own brands, they have a powerful technical department to help the farmer in the field and in the procedures before the Administration, as well as in the management of the essential quality certificates. They also incorporated a training classroom certified by the Canarian Employment Service to professionalize their workers, farmers and new generations.
Radio Television Canaria
Founded 32 years agofrom its beginnings, Radio Televisión Canaria (RTVC) became the reference media, the channel in which all Canarians found official and verified information in our most delicate moments and in the most festive events and happy.
This management has been endorsed, year after year and to date, by records of viewers and listeners of a station in vigorous escalation of the EGM
. Radio Televisión Canaria represents, like no other means of communication, the values of a public medium at the service of its people, with thousands of hours of local production, rigor, plurality, closeness. It helps us to be more and better informed and to continue uniting the islands and cementing our values as a people.
This award, however, recognizes in a special and main way its informative treatment of the emergency caused by the volcanic eruption on the island of La Palma in 2021,
the eruptive event of Cumbre Vieja, in the Aridane Valley. Due to its excellent communication work, this natural phenomenon made RadioTelevisión Canaria the reference channel for our population and for numerous national and international media, as has been widely recognized.
Its coverage of the volcano, which included the free transfer of the signal live 24 hours a day to all TV stations in the world and its technological innovations, such as drones and augmented realitythey have been worth
The Waves Awardthe Television Academy, the National Television Award and the Madrid Press Association Award.
RTVC is therefore
an environment characterized by its closeness, for strengthening the ties between the Canary Islands and their closeness.
Part of the Radio Televisiíon Canaria team collects the Ondas Award /
Tenerife sports club
On August 8, 1922, the act of constitution of the Tenerife Sports Club took place, in a session held at the Dependents Center of the capital of Tenerife, located on Calle San José. There, its first board of directors was elected, chaired by Mr. Mario García Cames, starting an exciting journey for the city, the Island and the Canary Islands.
Since 1953, he has played 68 seasons in all divisions of Spanish football, in which he has participated in more than 2,500 League matches and 250 Cup matches.
In this 2022, the UNED celebrates 50 years bringing higher education closer to population centers where it did not reach, contributing to the structuring and cohesion of many areas of Spain and, by extension, of the Canary Islands, by facilitating equal opportunities in access to higher education of its population, regardless of origin, income or gender.
Another of its strengths has been the consolidation of an extensive network of UNED centers and the pioneering choice of an online and blended education model, followed by other institutions later.
The current UNED is the largest university in Spain and the largest campus in Europe. It is also immersed in an international expansion that is achieving greater roots in Europe and Latin America. More than 200,000 students trust the UNED every year, in its offer of studies, in its professors, in its services and in its methodology. The campus is distributed between
more than 60 national and 22 international offices.
Its vocation to bring closer and offer a quality, modern and accessible educational offer for all with the support of new technologies continues. An offer that, together with the work carried out by its research bodies, seeks to contribute to social and personal development that today is conceived globally. The 50th anniversary of the UNED is a unique opportunity to extend, strengthen and communicate its impact on society yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Headquarters of the UNED /
Miguel Velazquez Torres, former boxer
He was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in December 1944. As an amateur boxer, he participated in the
1964 Tokyo Olympics. His professional career spanned nearly two decades. He was distinguished with the Royal Order of Sports Merit, a gold medal and two silver medals from the Higher Sports Council and the Cabildo de Tenerife named him Illustrious Son.
Maxorata Club, Canarian Wrestling
Founded in 1972, The Maxorata Wrestling Club of Tarajalejo (Fuerteventura) formed its first squad with wrestlers from the Sahara, from El Aaiún, who practiced the vernacular sport in the Saharan lands in clubs such as the Temporary Union of El Aaiún.
Precisely in 1971, and under the presidency of Jesús Gómez in the Federation of Las Palmas de Luchas, the island delegations were given autonomy and the first official league of Fuerteventura was organized, for which the emergence of Maxorata was key.
Together with seven other teams, the trajectory of one of the most important wrestling clubs in the Canary Islands opens, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary and which took over from Tarajalejo, the previous team that existed in this area of Tuineje.
His long career includes
numerous championships, recognitions, merits and figures, confirming itself almost from the beginning as a reference in the Majorera wrestling and all the islands. Its famous colors (green and white) have never changed and fighters of the stature and footprint of Raúl León (in the early years), Juani Frankis or Efraín Perera have passed through its ranks.
Maxorata Fight Club /
Radio Lanzarote has contributed for decades to
inform the society of Lanzarote, serving as a loudspeaker for the island community and carrying out responsible information workwith sustainability as its flag and combining tradition and innovation.
The station celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022, having marked a time when the radio was much more than a means of communication, exercising a public service and forming part of the life and culture of the population. Reference of the island's news for decades, this station has always stood out for its social role, contributing to making a better island by serving as a loudspeaker for the demands of citizens and associations.
The communication group Lanzarote Media is managed from a family business made up of journalists, without the influence of economic groups. La Voz de Lanzarote, the germ of radio and founded in 1985, is one of the pioneering newspapers on the internet in Spain, present on the net since 1995. It was also one of the first to gradually abandon the paper format to bet decisively on digital .