IU Digital de Antioquia obtains gold, silver and bronze at the Ascun qualifiers

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The regional qualifiers for the Ascun National University Games were confirming that Antioquia’s Digital IU has a group of high-level athletes: our students won a gold medal in beach volleyball, two silver medals in athletics and a bronze in taekwondo won the medal.

On May 6 and 7, IU Digital de Antioquia demonstrated once again that its commitment to sports is unbeatable. Athletes Shirley Daniela Quintero, Paulina Palacio Cardona, Nelson Adrian Blandon and Adjani Tirado received medals in the regional qualifiers for the National University Games of the Colombian Association of Universities (ESCUN), with which they advanced to the nationals classification. Will be held in Bogota in September 2023.

They are all students of the IU Digital de Antioquia, which has launched a support program for high-performance athletes through scholarships and specialized support in their respective disciplines.

gold player in beach volleyball

team made up of Shirley Quintero and Paulina Palacio Received gold medal. “This classification is a great pleasure, it represents more than 10 years of training, sacrifice and commitment to the sport,” says Shirley Quintero, who together with Paulina has won the awards at the universities of Antioquia, Nacional, CES, Jaume Polytechnic Defeated the representatives of Isaza Cadavid and ITM. “We did very well in this tournament, in the group stage we only lost one game, but we recovered quickly to win the remaining five games. The final was very close, we won two sets to zero against the Universidad Nacional team. Gold ensures passage for the team of Shirley, a software development student, and Paulina, a marketing advertising undergraduate, to the National Games in Bogotá.

two silver medals in athletics

Nelson Adrian BlandonThe recent gold medalist at the World Para-Athletics Grand Prix in Xalapa, Mexico, participated in the regional games as a traditional athlete and won two silver medals in the discus throw. This athlete not only excels in para-athletics leagues (due to a congenital condition called clubfoot), but also achieves outstanding results in traditional leagues. For Nelson, the practice of sport has been pivotal in the formation of his character. “Sport has allowed me to change my life and I feel I can create a social fabric as well. Every achievement I’ve had as an athlete, conventional or disabled, is the result of feeling that I have no barriers to fight through. That’s what I say to everybody who’s going through a difficult time.” This will be a year of great challenges for this student of software development. He faces the National Para-Athletics Games, with which he seeks his qualification for the World Cup in Paris. In addition, he will participate in the Pan American Games to be held in Santiago de Chile in November. His mark is 52.08 m, data which places him sixth in the world classification for discus throwing.

Bronze in Taekwondo

Adjani Tirado, a software development student, bagged a bronze medal in the discipline and for her the result was more than she expected, as she took a break from practicing the sport. “I feel very happy because I was able to train only for a month before these games and despite that the result was positive, I managed to do very well, negative scenario did not come, I take this competition as a test. Take it as what I do I can achieve with more training”. The athlete assured that this result motivates him to continue training and face the upcoming regional and national championships.”

The results achieved by these athletes are an extraordinary motivator for Antioquia Digital UIWho went from getting medals in these fairs to getting medals in three different disciplines during 2022.

Furthermore, they are a recognition of institutional management, which goes beyond what is established in the sports law, as it ensures that these students have the opportunity to practice their sport without affecting their true academic performance. There are prerequisites.

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