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Formentera Zen, three days of physical and emotional wellness

foto formentera zenThe Formentera Council's department of sport reports that from Friday to Sunday, the island will host the fourth Formentera Zen.

Formentera Zen is three days of wellness in the stunning setting formed by Formentera's signature light, silence and tranquility. October is one of the best times of year to visit the island. Things move at a different pace, one perfectly suited to a range of movement and disciplines promoting physical and emotional wellness.

Core activities on the programme cover yoga, Pilates, snorkeling, Antigym and Paleotraining, although Formentera Zen also proposes education and training, including dedicated workshops about Eco Diet, mindfulness, aromatherapy and emotional intelligence. Daily from 10.30am to 3.00pm there will also be a fira ecosaludable, or “green fair”, where local producers will gather to peddle their fare, including organic and raw food.

Saturday in Es Pujols, Formentera's sixth triathlon

foto-triatlo-3Secretary of sport Jordi Vidal unveiled details today of Formentera's sixth triathlon, scheduled to play out in Es Pujols this Saturday, October 6. He was joined by Manuel Hernández, head of event organisers Unisport Consulting, and Rafael Cardona, a spokesperson for sponsoring company Trasmapi.

Organisers are expecting some 250 triathletes at the trial, half of them competing in the “sprint” category and the other half in “olympic”. Sprinters and teams start at 2.15pm with a 750-m swim in Es Pujols bay before moving on to 20km of cycling and 5km on foot. Olympic athletes set out at 4.00pm, swimming 1,500m, then cycling 40km, then running 10km.

Any aspiring contenders who have not yet signed up can do so tomorrow between 9.30am and 12 noon in Es Pujols' plaça d'Europa. Numbers will also be available for pickup there between 9.30am and 1.30pm.

Road closures

Tomorrow from 2.00pm till 6.45pm, the road linking Es Pujols and La Savina will be closed to vehicle traffic from Es Pujols to Illetes. In Es Pujols, all but the town's ring road will remain closed to traffic from 2.00pm to 7.20pm. Motorists must take alternate routes during that time, and secretary Vidal apologised to islanders for the inconvenience.

Vidal welcomed Trasmapi's support in organising the event for the sixth straight year. The competition is part of Discover Formentera in October, an initiative aimed at getting travellers to visit the island outside the high season. Vidal also highlighted the participation and collaboration of Viatges Es Freus, Carbónicas Tur, Frufor, Pro-Auto, Actuacions La Mola, Formotor, Motor Pujols, S'Avaradero, Trasmediterranea and Blue Bar.

The secretary also praised the island's local police, Guardia Civil, civil protection and volunteer forces for making the triathlon possible year after year. 

In commitment to local athletes, Formentera frees up €15k in aid

foto ajudes esport 2The Formentera Council's office of sport reports it has awarded €15,000 in assistance to four local sportswomen and men—two windsurfers (Sergi Escandell and Mateo Sanz), one runner (Andrea Romero) and one tennis player (Gemma Lairón).

Sport secretary Jordi Vidal described the goal of the assistance as “helping [these four] to develop and continue receiving guidance in competitions at the national and international level”. According to the secretary, the individual subsidies come thanks to a deal struck between the Formentera Council and a wing of the regional government's directorate general for sport, the Fundació per a l'Esport Balear.

The money will go towards gear, equipment and travel to competitions, as well as nutritionists, sport psychologists, physiotherapists and other professionals involved in elite sports.

For their part, the four pledge to wear insignia of the Formentera Council on their competitive and training gear, collaborate in and give technical feedback on the Council's programme on sportsmanlike values; and mention the Council's sponsorship on social media.

Formentera signs deal with Govern to promote fitness

foto conveni promo esportiva1Jaume Ferrer and Fanny Tur, chairman of the Formentera Council and the Balearic Islands' minister of culture, participation and sport, respectively, sat down today to sign into action a deal to promote fitness in 2018. The Fundació—or “foundation”—for fitness in the Balearics, part of the regional ministry, is unlocking €100,000 to benefit high-performance sport, women in sport and Formentera's image as a sport stronghold.

To that end the Council commits to:

- Supporting high-level athletes who have given standout performances nationally (medal winners in championships in Spain) and internationally (participants in European, international and Olympic meets).

- Collaborating in sporting events such as competitions, seminars and/or training courses that foster Formentera's image as a centre for sport.

- Acquiring specialised sporting material for high-level sport programmes organised by the Council.

- Providing the Fundació with proof of payment for related acquisitions, as well as a brief report of activities prior to December 31, 2018.

To ensure proper follow-up, a committee will evaluate execution of the initiative, explore issues relating to how it is interpreted and reconcile any disparities. The committee will be made up of a representative of the Council and of the Fundació.

Formentera frees up €21k in funding for sportspeople on island

foto windsurfThe Formentera Council's fitness department has given out €21k to local athletes in the form of funding and gear for competitive events. The assistance went not just to top-tier athletes who compete in trials that are international and national in scope, but also to young sportswomen and men involved on domestic competitive circuits. The aid recipients are specialists in windsurf (four), tennis (three), track and field (two), judo and triathlons (one each, respectively).

CiF sport secretary Jordi Vidal says the money will help “support the development of our youngest athletes and enable them to advance towards higher levels of competition in the future”. For those athletes who are already established, the idea is to lend a hand with “the competitive equipment they will need on their path to becoming increasingly disciplined sports players” and “help cover some of the costs of participation”.

Partnership with Fundació Balear de l'Esport
The Formentera Council expects soon to sign a deal with an association that promotes sport in the region called FEB, or Fundació per a l'Esport Balear. The agreement supports athletes on the path to increasing specialisation as well as improved conditions as they compete in the national and global arenas, the ultimate goal being to expand the amount of assistance available to Formentera's premium players.

Travel assistance
At the start of 2018, the Council opened up €140k in funding for clubs on the island that specialise in sport and fitness, in one fell swoop covering 90% of the costs that eight local clubs had budgeted.

Seventy-four thousand euros of that package went to grants in support of sport in 2017, while the other €66k was used to offset travel costs so that the local clubs could participate in meets held off the island.

An additional €20k was unlocked by the administration for federated teams.

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