The athlete Ayoze Sánchez will travel 85 kilometers on a handbike so as not to forget the island of La Palma

It is a new inclusive and supportive challenge that the athlete will carry out with the purpose of making visible the effort and overcoming of people with disabilities in favor of other people

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Aridane Plains

Ayoze Sánchez, an athlete from Tenerife of Palmer origin, will tour the streets of the municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane on June 26 through the #85kmParaNoOlvidarte challenge, an inclusive and supportive challenge with which she intends to make visible the effort and overcoming of people with disability in favor of those affected by the Cumbre Vieja volcano.

This initiative has the support of the "la Caixa" Foundation through CaixaBank, the Los Llanos de Aridane City Council and the Disa Foundation, and was presented this Thursday at the Store CaixaBank office in Los Llanos de Aridane, in an act that has had the participation of the territorial director of CaixaBank in the Canary Islands, Juan Ramón Fuertes; the Councilor for Sports of Los Llanos de Aridane, Víctor González; and the athlete and promoter of this challenge, Ayoze Sánchez.

Through this challenge, Sánchez will cover 85 kilometres, the equivalent of the days that the eruption lasted, in an unprecedented challenge in the Canary Islands due to the distance he aspires to cover with his handbike, a hand bike for people with motor disabilities that is booming as a sport.

The athlete, who has already starred in other cycling events in favor of different social causes, plans to reach an average speed of 21km/hour with a duration of four hours to complete the route, which is a titanic effort, since all the momentum of this type of bicycle is developed by the upper limbs.

His initiative is a story of overcoming with an achievable goal and with a purpose, which is to support the people of the island of La Palma affected by the volcanic eruption. That is why the funds raised through this sporting challenge will go to the NEP La Palma and Tierra Bonita associations, which work with affected children and families.

Due to its inclusive nature, the #85kmParaNoOlvidarte challenge is open to anyone who wants to join the route on the day of the event.

About Ayoze Sanchez

The athlete Ayoze Sánchez was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 42 years ago, but has his roots in La Palma. His parents moved from the municipality of Puntagorda to Tenerife during the eighties in search of a different future like many other palmeros.

At the end of the school period, their summers were spent between mountains, almond trees, skies full of stars, the shadows of the El Fayal pines, pilgrimages and excursions to the Port of Puntagorda with their relatives and friends who still live in the municipality of northwestern Puntagorda. the island. Currently, her mother, her maternal grandmother and her uncles live between Puntagorda and Los Llanos de Aridane and have suffered as in the entire area during the eruptive process the ashes, the tremors and the preventive eviction of their homes.

In the summer of 1992, at the age of 13, Ayoze Sánchez suffered a bicycle accident near the Puntagorda Town Hall and was rushed to Santa Cruz de La Palma. Due to the seriousness of his injuries, he was taken by plane from the Air Rescue Service to the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria, in Tenerife. Once the modular injury that he suffered was stabilized and confirmed, he was transferred to the Toledo Paraplegic Hospital where he remained admitted to the children's ward for seven months to undergo rehabilitation treatment that would help his future personal development.

In this hospital center he rediscovered sport and began in various modalities, standing out in wheelchair basketball, where after a few years he came to play in the junior and senior teams in several international championships. Starting in 2001, he began a journey through several national level teams, in order to improve his technical skills, having the maximum fruit in 2003 with the King's Cup of Wheelchair Basketball.

It was in 2014 when he discovered the sport of the handbike in an exhibition, and what at an earlier point in his life had led him to a wheelchair, gave him back the desire to return to a world of new experiences. Since then he has participated in various tests in the Canary Islands reaping numerous sporting successes.

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