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Unicaja supports the activity of a women's rowing team from Malaga, made up of breast cancer patients, with a new boat

The organization aims to promote the work, both at a sporting level and in terms of personal improvement, of these women

12 MAR 2024

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Unicaja again demonstrates, as part of its sustainability policy, its firm commitment to promoting physical activity as a tool for inclusion, especially for women in situations of social vulnerability, and to promote diversity and gender equality in sport. In this sense, the entity has ratified its commitment with the women's team 'Vikingas Rosas', of La Cala del Moral Rowing Club (Rincón de la Victoria), made up of women suffering from breast cancer, contributing to support their activity through the contribution of a new boat, which bears the image of Unicaja.

 

In this way, the organization aims to promote the work, both at a sporting level and in terms of personal improvement, of these women, who have been competing since 2021 throughout Spain in the fixed-seat rowing modality, and to provide them with the necessary materials to give them greater autonomy while practicing this sport, thus favoring their recovery process.

 

The bank’s support is also part of its commitment to develop actions, in the areas where it operates, aimed at raising awareness of the need for prevention and research as fundamental measures in the fight against breast cancer. 

 

Thus, with the financial support of Unicaja, this team of rowers has acquired a new competition boat, whose launching took place recently in the Malaga town of Rincón de la Victoria, in a ceremony chaired by the head of Commercial Banking Unicaja in Malaga, Francisco José Reguera; the mayor of the town, Francisco Salado, and the president of the La Cala del Moral Rowing Club, José Luis Ramos, in addition to several members of the 'Vikingas Rosas'.

 

Specifically, this new boat is a Mediterranean llaüt, a fixed-seat boat, which, in addition to offering greater independence to these women in the practice of rowing and improving their conditions for training and competing, will allow them to continue developing an activity that benefits them, both physically and psychologically, in the recovery from this disease.

 

In fact, according to research conducted by the University of British Columbia, the repetitive motion of rowing is not only beneficial for the recovery of the upper torso muscles, but also reduces the possibility of developing lymphedema, deflates the arms and, above all, improves the emotional state of these patients.

 

‘Las Vikingas Rosas’, an example of overcoming

 

Since its foundation in 2002, Club de Remo La Cala del Moral, in the Malaga town of Rincón de la Victoria, has been one of the main referents of this sport in the province, with an outstanding presence in all the regattas of the jábega boat league that take place on the coast of Malaga.

 

Currently, the club is made up of several teams, including seniors and youth, which have obtained important classifications in different competitions, earning them the nickname of ‘Vikings’. They also have a children’s team and a large group of social rowing beginners.

 

In addition to collaborating in different sporting and charity events, La Cala del Moral Rowing Club also organizes, among other events, the regattas of both this town and Rincón de la Victoria (within the Malaga League of Jábega boats), as well as competitions in the Fixed-Seat category of the Andalusian Rowing Federation.

 

It was in 2021 when the ‘Vikingas Rosas’ team was born, made up of women suffering from breast cancer, with the aim of promoting this sporting activity as another tool to help them cope with the disease and support them in their recovery process. Since then, this group has participated in different competitions and sports days throughout Andalusia in the fixed-seat rowing modality, adding to their record so far the titles of Runner-up of Spain and Champions of Andalusia. Currently, this team is made up of ten women between the ages of 40 and 80 years, being a group of open participation.

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