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The 'Torreños del Año 2017' are the musician Rafa Val, the athlete Ángel Salinas and the soccer player Cristina Pérez (29/12/2017)

The musician Rafa Val, the veteran athlete Angel Salinas and the soccer player Cristina Pérez are the 'Torreños of the Year 2017'.

This distinction was given to them during the gala held on Thursday night, December 28, at the Casa de Cultura 'Pedro Serna' in Las Torres de Cotillas, in awards granted by the radio station 'Onda 92-Radio Cotillas' and that were celebrating their 13th edition.

This year these awards have been for three outstanding Torreños who for their tenacity, perseverance and capacity for effort and sacrifice have earned this award established in 1993. "There are three people who also exude other qualities no less important as their humility, sympathy , closeness and sensitivity, that dignify the trajectory of this award ", says José Antonio Sánchez, member of the organization and co-presenter of the event with Salvador Martínez and María Ángeles Moragues.

In this gala with a large audience and the honorees - Cristina Perez was absent for personal reasons - was attended by the mayor Torreña Isabel María Zapata, who presented some of the awards.

In addition, the audience enjoyed performances by different artists and groups: the ballet of 'Kimera', the actor Fernando Abad and his monologues, the guitarist Antonio F. Morell 'the left-hander' ...

Three Torreños with important merits

Rafa Val, voice and guitar of the group 'Viva Suecia' that have managed to become a benchmark in the national music scene, triumphing in the main festivals and venues of our country.

In 2016, the band from Murcia managed to win the Independent Music Award for the best song with 'Bien por ti', included in their debut album 'La fuerza mayor'.

This year 2017, they have been nominated in the category of 'Best Spanish Artist' at the MTV European Music Awards, along with artists of the stature of Miguel Bosé, 'Lori Meyers', C. Tangana and Kase O. In addition, the last December 12, they have collected the award for best pop album for their work 'Other fundamental principles' in the 'I Music Awards' of Murcia.

At 64, Ángel Salinas is one of the most successful athletes in the municipality.

Last December 1 was recognized by the Athletics Federation of Murcia (FAMU) as the best male veteran athlete in the 2016/17 season.

It is a clear example to follow for the values ​​that it transmits of perseverance, effort and spirit of overcoming.

This Torreño has taken the name of the municipality throughout the national territory, achieving great sporting achievements.

The latest achievements this year by Angel Salinas are a gold in 400 meters smooth, a silver in the 200 and a bronze in the 60 in the Spanish Championship of Athletics Veterans indoor track held in March Madrid.

In addition, Torreño added two silvers (100 and 400 meters) and one bronze (200 meters) in the Spanish Outdoor Athletics Championships Championship held last June in Elche.

Cristina Pérez, captain of the UCAM women's football team First Division, debuted with the Spanish team in the tournament 'IV Nations' played a few days ago in Guadalajara, in which they were proclaimed champions by beating Portugal, Russia and Italy.

The Torrena player already has five internationals and accumulates serious options to play the European Championship in 2019.

From 1993

The history of the award goes back to 1993, year in which the Torreño group 'Rey de Negras', winners of the 'Murcia Joven' contest of that year, were awarded.

Since then, the work developed by different people, groups and companies of the municipality has been recognized: Civil Protection (1994);

the teacher and poet Salvador Sandoval (1995);

the missionary Joaquina Sánchez Vicente, 'Quini' (1996);

'Laboratorios Grifols' (1997);

the footballer and coach Luis Franco (1998);

the doctor Pedro Fernández López (2003);

the theater group 'Tejuba' (2006);

the doctor and draftsman Manuel Sánchez Baena 'MAN' (2007);

the singer Ruth Lorenzo (2014);

the athlete Sergio Jornet, the dancer Cinthya Cano and the motocross driver Carlos Fernández Macanás (2015);

the priest Joaquín Sánchez, the canoeist Silvia Tomás and 'La voz del pueblo' Francisco Sarabia Bermejo (2016).

In addition, in 1977 an honorable mention was presented posthumously to maestro Ángel Palazón and in 2016 to Joaquín Fernández Dólera, founder and president of the 'L'Almazara' club between 1982 and 1987;

and Juan Madrid Roca, founder and president of the ethnographic group 'Vergel de Murcia'.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Las Torres de Cotillas

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