Joaquín Valero, new president of the AECIO


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The Spanish Association of the International Optimist Class has, as of today, a new team that will be in charge of the Spanish optimist. Kiko Sánchez, at the expiration of his mandate and with the decision not to stand for re-election, the candidacy headed by Joaquín Valero assumes the command of Children’s Sailing in our country.

Joaquín Valero, a businessman from Alicante, will be accompanied in this new project by Javier Francisco García from the Balearic Islands, as vice president, while Manuel José Padrón, from the Canary Islands, assumes the position of Treasurer and Sergio Ferrando from Valencia will act as Secretary. As for the vocalías, these will be represented by the Catalan Albert García; the Andalusian José Medel and the Galician Fernando Campos.

Kiko Sánchez, in his farewell from the class, highlighted that “there have been four very intense years, the last two quite complicated to manage at a sporting level, greatly conditioned by the health situation”, adding that “The balance that we draw from this Board of Directors that is now saying goodbye is generally positive, I think that a good technical staff has been formed that has guaranteed good results at the international level and at home the pandemic has not allowed for a sports program in conditions”.

Sánchez concluded his intervention indicating that “The time has come to give way to a new project, with new ideas, we hand over to Joaquín Valero’s team, although both on a personal level and on behalf of my fellow board members we will always be there to lend a hand to the class, but we believe that at this time there should be a relief”.

Valero, for his part, wanted to thank the work carried out by Kiko Sánchez and his team in these four years “a difficult period due to Covid 19 that forced the cancellation of many regattas, modifying calendars and thus it was very difficult to carry out sports planning properly, let alone undertake projects for the benefit of the class”

Regarding the new lines marked by the new board of directors, Valero has indicated: “The new board of directors will work on several strategic lines. We will focus on improving the preparation of the national teams, with a view to their participation in the European and World Championships. We will enhance the visibility of the association, reinforcing communication through the web and social networks and we will provide greater notoriety to the Excellence Cup circuit, defining a new format.”

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