2016 comes to an end.  A year that began for me with the hope of fulfilling a dream – taking part for the second time  in the  Paralympic Games but  which ended with the disappointment of not being able to fulfill that dream . However ,I am sure in the knowledge that everything I have  lived through has has made me grow immensely  in every way.

Sportswise, despite not going to Rio, 2016 has been positive- three times champion of Spain, double medal holder  in the European Championships and, for the fourth consecutive year, I  have finished in the top 10 in the world ranking. The fact of not going to the Games has been one of the bitterest disappointments in my sporting  career, especially after proving that I was more than able to hold my own among the top athletes in my event, if  only they had decided to take me. After Rio, we decided that I should return to my roots –  the 100 and 200 metres, with the aim of being in the next World Championships  which will be held in London in July 2017,  again  competing against the very best in the world.


In my private  life, it has been a tremendously intense year, with many projects, initiatives and ideas that have made me grow and mature enormously. As for  present and future projects, some of them are already under development and others pending some slight alterations. Most of them are focused on two sectors: the education sector – where I must mention the project «Students have their say», which began in the last weeks of 2016 and in 2017 will be back again but this time even stronger. The other area I will be  involved in is the disability sector, where I am developing a project  with the aim of putting adaptive  sports  in Murcia on the map. It’s a project in which I hope to focus on in the medium and long term future , making  the most of my experience, knowledge and the amazing moments I have lived through  in sport at a  World Class level . My aim is to develop initiatives at a  regional level for athletes who have  some form of disability.


My philosophy is that the essence of life is to have more projects than memories, a beautiful phrase in a book by Risto Mejide and one which I try to live by. That is why, despite the fact that many of these projects may  not end  as I always want them to,  I will never cease trying to get them off the ground- projects which excite me, ones which I consider necessary, or simply those that provide  me with  something positive.


Therefore, 2017 comes  to me full of challenges, projects and hope.


As for competing,  the challenge of taking part in  the World Championship fills me with enormous excitement.  To try to achieve this, this year I have returned to the club where I started out , AD San Javier; And with the invaluable support of UCAM, the  General  Directorate of Sports  together with  the rest of my sponsors, we are already preparing for  this challenge.


In addition, the new year begins with the premiere of «Students have their  say» in a bilingual format, with various conferences and events to be organised and, above all, hundreds of experiences to be lived.


A new year begins, a new page in the book of my life.

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