Tomorrow morning at 19:00 in Madrid, Libertdad Radio, found at 107.0 on the radio dial, will premiere the first radio program dedicated solely to disability sport in Spain. The show will be hosted by Antonio Castilla and José Manuel Dolader. In Libertdad Radio’s description of the program, they said the show will include interviews with well known and unknown athletes, and information about upcoming events. The first show will include interviews with wheelchair tennis player Miguel Tena and para-triathlete Eva Moral.
At the present, less than 1% of of sport media in Spain is about disability sportspeople. The major increases in attention often come only in and around the Paralympic Games period.
Spain has 8,056 registered sportspeople with disabilities who are members of 513 registered disability sport clubs found around the country. People with intellectual disabilities represent the largest group with 3,209 participants and 159 clubs. People with physical disabilities are the next largest group with 2,206 total participants and 123 clubs. Sportspeople with vision impairments are the next largest group with 2,026 participants, with clubs being organized under the ONCE umbrella. Deaf sportspeople are the smallest group with 613 participants and 31 clubs. Male sportspeople with disabilities far outnumber their female counterparts at 5,908 men to 2,148 women.