Catalan skating received a genuine tribute on Thursday, 15 March at the newly recovered Catalan Skating Gala, an edition held at Mirador de les Caves-Cal Blay, located very close to Sant Sadurní d’Anoia. The event presented awards to some 200 people and was attended by several illustrious figures, such as the Secretary General for Sport, Gerard Figueras, or the President of the Catalan Roller Sports Federation, Ramon Basiana. The Gala recognised, among others, the Catalan medallists from the first edition of the World Roller Games, held in Nanjing, China last September.
Some 300 people attended the successful Gala, which was hosted by the journalist Anna Freixa (La Xarxa) and included a special section dedicated to paying tribute to several figures. Among those honoured were the world champions of roller hockey from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as the Olympic runners-up from Barcelona ‘92. There was also a heartfelt mention of Omnium Cultural and those who left us in 2017.
But when it came to sport, the big winners at the event were rink hockey player Albert Casanovas (Reus Deportiu) and skater Anna Quintana (CPA Olot), both named best athletes of the Catalan Federation in 2017. A special trophy was also awarded to, among others, the medallists of the World Roller Games of Nanjing and clubs that celebrated 75 years or more of history in 2017, in addition to various special mentions for the careers of athletes, coaches, referees or judges. A truly complete day.