Mª Hilda Rodríguez Rodríguez

Category: Athlete

She did athletics, kick ball (1988-93) and boccia (1990-99). She took part in Galician, regional, sectorial, intersectorial, interautonomous, and league championships, getting twenty-seven gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze medals (Leon 1990, 1992, Ourense 1990, A Coruña 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, Madrid 1999), in the Spanish championships, getting thirteen gold medals, five silver medals, five bronze medals (Pamplona 1989, 1996, 1997, Toledo 1990, Logroño 1991, Barcelona and Gijón 1992, Lecumberri and Badajoz 1993, Madrid 1994, 1998, A Coruña 1995, Guipúzcoa 1999), in the Iberian championships, getting two gold medals, four silver medals and a bronze medal (Ourense 1988, Portugal 1990, 1996, 1998), in the European championships, getting three gold and two bronze medals (England 1989, Belgium 1993, Vitoria 1997), in the world championships, getting two gold and a silver medal (England 1994, New York 1998), in the World Cup Championships with two gold medals (Argentina 1999) and the Paralympic Games with two gold medals (Atlanta ’96). She was unbeaten in individual boccia in the Paralympic Games (Atlanta 1996), the European Championship (Vitoria 1997), the World Championship (New York 1998), the World Cup (Mar del Plata 1999) and many other championships.

 Work & Activities

She got the honourable diploma in 1989 (‘Gala del Deporte Lucense’) and the diploma to the best disabled sportswoman. She carried the Olympic Torch Barcelona ’92 and was elected in the Fifth Spanish Championship to give a silver plaque to the Infanta Cristina, who had been invited to inaugurate the championship in 1994. She was awarded several distinctions and got many trophies such as the trophy to the best sportswoman in the interautonommous championships (1995), trophy and diploma to the best disabled sportswoman in Ourense (1992 and 1996), trophies for her success in the Paralympic Games in Atlanta 1996 (she was awarded these trophies by the County Council of Ourense, the City Council of Lugo and the ‘Secretaría Xeral para el Deporte’ of the Xunta de Galicia, trophy of the City Council of Culleredo (A Coruña) and ONCE Foundation for her participation at the Paralympic Games of Atlanta 1996 and 1997, ‘first player’ trophy for the best sports career (1998), plaque of the City Council of Lugo for her success in the Boccia World Championship (1998), Olimpia Prize within the National Prizes (1997) to the Spanish Boccia Selection, awarded by the ‘Consejo Superior de Deportes’ and ‘Entre Mulleres’ Prize, awarded by the City Council of Lugo (2004). The ‘Consejo Superior de Deportes’ nominated her as ‘high-level sportswoman’ in 1996 and she was elected ‘Milagrosista del Año’ in 2002. Besides, she was invited by ASPNAIS to accompany the ‘Special Olympics’ torch carrier, invited by the Andalusian Olympics Foundation to take part in the First International Conference on Adapted Sport owing to the European Year of the Disabled (2003) and invited by ‘Diario de Pontevedra’, the Association of Olympic Sportspeople and the County Council of Pontevedra to the inauguration of the third edition of Expodeporte 2003. In March 2004, she carried the torch in the March against Drugs in Lugo.

 Other Interesting Aspects

Luis Leardy included her in his book Doce historias y una meta (2000). She comes from a humble and working family and is paralytic. She studied Secondary Education, Administrative work and attended several courses on Computer Science. She likes defending her rights, travelling, speaking, riding, the beach and sports.