With the historical third meeting of the Centroamericano de Comités Paralímpicos having wrapped up this past week in Managua, Nicaragua, Brazilian goalball coaches and referees were in the city of Managua to impart their technical knowledge of the sport to officials from Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
This knowledge sharing is important to the Central American region as it seeks to increase participation at the Paralympic Games, create more sporting contacts in the region, hold more regional sporting events, and improve opportunities for athletes. Representatives in Managua are expected to take what they learned back to their own countries and use it.
The Central America region had few representatives at the 2012 Paralympic Games, with Honduras sending only one athlete, Luis Hernandez, in track and field. Costa Rica had a similarly small delegation, with Laurens Molina Sibaja competing in athletics and Dax Jaikel competing in cycling. El Salvador was represented only by Luis Morales Garcia, a T54 track and field competitor. T36 Gabriel Cuadra Holman, T11 Vanessa Benavidez Hernandez and guide Gema Alvarado Estrada were Nicaragua’s only representatives. The delegation from Panama included T13 Said Gomez, and T11 Katherina Taylor with guide Hugo Lombardo. None of the countries won a medal.