The list of the RedSticks called up for the World Cup presented at the Iberdrola Campus
- The national coach, Adrian Lock, has announced the names of the 20 players who will go to the World Cup in Terrasa.
- After the bronze medal at London 2018, the National Field Hockey Team will seek the title at home
The Iberdrola Campus was the setting chosen this morning for the presentation of the 20 hockey players called up to take part in the next World Cup to be held from 1 to 17 July in Terrasa.
Adrian Lock, national coach, was in charge of unveiling the final list for the World Cup in an event presented by the skater Sara Hurtado, which was also attended by the president of the Royal Spanish Hockey Federation, Santiago Deó Valera, as well as the global director of Marketing and Digitalisation of Iberdrola, David García Fabre.
The 20 players selected by Lock are as follows:
Goalkeepers: Melanie García and Jana Martínez.
Defenders: Constanza Amundson, Xantal Giné, María López (one of the captains) and Candela Mejías.
Media: Laura Barrios, Maialen García, Lucía Jiménez, Georgina Oliva (the other captain),
Beatriz Pérez, Júlia Strappato, Alejandra Torres-Quevedo, Laia Vidosa and Clara Ycart.
Forwards: Flor Amundson, Sara Barrios, Begoña García, Belén Iglesias and Marta Segú.
The coach referred to these major competitions as "the most special moments that any athlete faces, with enthusiasm, as the players of the Spanish national team do now, who will go all out in a World Cup where there are no favourites and all the participating countries are capable of winning matches".
For his part, the president of the Royal Spanish Hockey Federation, Santiago Deó, wanted to begin by thanking "Iberdrola, which has provided these magnificent facilities to be able to make this presentation. But not only for this, but also for all the support they have given us over the years, which has helped our women's team to grow and return to the top international competitive level".
The manager has also focused on doing so "in a specific way by betting on a world championship that will carry the name of Iberdrola around the world and on which we have been working for years with great enthusiasm". As for the team that will represent Spain in the championship, he is "sure that, as always, they will give their best with respect and sportsmanship to represent our hockey and our country in the best possible way".
One of the team captains, María López, thanked Iberdrola for its support, which makes the players "better prepared to face the competitions". María wanted, on behalf of her teammates, to present a national team jersey to Iberdrola's Global Marketing and Digitalisation Director, David García Fabre, who explained that "we are proud to open the doors of Iberdrola to announce a list as important as that of a World Cup", about which he assured "that this championship held in Spain and the Netherlands is a great moment to promote and make women's hockey more visible, which is why we did not hesitate for a moment to become a presenting partner".
Iberdrola has been supporting the Spanish women's hockey team since 2016 as well as the top national competition, the Iberdrola League, and the Iberdrola Queen's Cup, but in a firm demonstration of its commitment to the sport, it has decided to join the Redsticks and the Royal Spanish Hockey Federation in this World Cup by becoming a presenting partner of the competition to be held in two venues: Terrasa and Amsterdam.
Iberdrola, a pioneer in promoting sport for women
The promotion of sport by women has become a key lever for Iberdrola and for the promotion of real equality between men and women, one of its core values. In 2016, Iberdrola became the first company to make a firm and global commitment to equality and the empowerment of women through sport. The company currently supports 32 federations: gymnastics, triathlon, rugby, canoeing, badminton, football, handball, volleyball, hockey, table tennis, athletics, karate, boxing, surfing, ice sports, fencing, underwater activities, bowling, winter sports, weightlifting, judo, Olympic wrestling, mountaineering and climbing, swimming, skating, pelota, rowing, squash, taekwondo, tennis, archery and sailing. It also gives its name to 32 leagues, all of them at the highest level, and to 100 other competitions with a naming right.
Reducing the gender gap in sport is a commitment to women's equality through excellence and translates into an important reference point for girls, from their practice of physical activity and sport at all levels of the education system, to show them that the path to federated sport and high performance is also possible for them.