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31 Jan

Medina opens his new Institute

The dream is getting each day closer to become true. This January 31st was a historical day for the surf, with the opening of Gabriel Medina Institute, at Maresias’ Beach, in São Sebastião (Sao Paulo). Among with his parents, Gabriel Medina showed the entire Institute to the press and then to his sponsors, explaining the greatest goal, which is to form new values in the sport.

The main purpouse is to provide for the new talents of surf, from 10 to 16-year old boys and girls, the same structure that Gabriel Medina himself holds onto his physical and phychological work, also incluiding computing and language classes, besides medical and dentistry care. The building (headoffice of the Institute) was build by Medina’s own profits, beachfronted grounded, where the first brazilian world surf champion has learned to catch his first waves.

“I’m very pleased. It has been always a dream of mine, and also from my family, to help those children and, as a result, supporting my sport”, said Medina.

“I hope these children are able to go out and act like consciouns citizens and prepared to any kind of situation in life”, he added, also reminding that the Institute´s social feature will be more evident, also including a special interaction with the young talents’ relatives. “We will also give them professional course, the first one in partnership with Vult Cosmetica”, he reveled.

President of the IGM, Simone Medina has also mentioned the satisfaction to start this new stage on Medina family’s background. “This dream is like a child of mine that was born today. It’s a huge pleasure for us to be part of the growth and education of great athletes and citizens, because the sport is an important tool that helped us to raise our children, into the best values and principles that nowadays no longer exists in the world”, she said. “The ‘child’ was born, after that it’s going to crawl, then give the very first steps, and last but not least, to have a life of its own. Definetelly it’s going to be awesome seeing the development of the kids”, she added.

Charles, who is in charge of the vice-presidence´s chair and one of the idealizers of IGM, has explained how the project will work out. “The main idea came from Gabriel himself. He wanted to provide some of what the surf has given to him. Simone and I has embraced the idea so far. Through this first step, we thought on an ideal model to make a professional athlete”, he highlighted, explaining the reason why they decided to work with children from 10 to 16.

“This age is quite interesting, because it’s the ideal time to develop an athlete. This is the stage where you can lapidate a future champion in the sport. When Gabriel was in this age time, we did everything to provide him the best. A lot of times I worked by myself, without a team to support. Now, he has this team, so he brought everybody to work with us for the Institute”, he said.

By the afternoon, the sponsors and public authorities were recepted with music concerts, from artists such as Thiaguinho, Gabriel, o Pensador, and Bruninho & Davi, that sang for a big audience by the sand. The classes begin this wednesday (February 1st), reuniting 38 athletes, that have been selected on Medina Circuit/ASM of Surf.



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