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The feat of Jorge, the first deafblind in the world who will participate in a triathlon

Jorge Spain, from Zaragoza, 33 years, will compete on Sunday with his guide Mapi in the Triathlon of Zaragoza.

We echo this news published by the Herald, where they tell us that Jorge Spain, deafblind at birth At the age of 33 he will participate for the first time in a triathlon this coming Sunday July 14 in Zaragoza.

Mapi is "his eyes and his ears". Together they will face a major challenge: Jorge is the first congenital deafblind person in the world to participate in a triathlon.

The deafblind they communicate through the sign language supported, a variant that uses touch. Mapi and Jorge touch each other continuously, hug each other, she gives him her hand to guide him, he puts his hand on her neck to feel the vibration of the voice and the heart rhythm. The connection is total.

Jorge has liked water since he was little. He's been aquatic since he was a baby. To keep him awake and develop sleep habits, his mother put him in a bathtub. And he developed an amazing ability in the aquatic environment.

Jorge started training swimming more seriously when he met Mapi four years ago. Together they have made the Almazora Sea Crossing (Castellón) in open water (1,8 kilometers) three years, in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Last year the idea arose to go one step further and prepare for a triathlon

Jorge Spain, deafblind
Jorge España, deafblind from Zaragoza, and his guide Mapi Martínez.PF

On Sunday they will debut in the Zaragoza Triathlon, departing from the Vadorrey river port. Jorge and Mapi will swim 750 meters in the Ebro, pedal 21 kilometers in tandem and run 5 kilometers hand in hand.

Both of them, Jorge and Mapi, like challenges. The Zaragoza Triathlon is a dream and a huge challenge. "ANDJorge's way of assimilating effort is amazing. How do you explain to a deaf and blind person from the incubator what are those feelings that the body gives you, why do you have to continue, why is the effort good for you?

Motivation comes through your mediator, from me. Although that moment is hard and difficult, when he has finished his sports activity, absolute happiness comes to him. That is the reward: happiness"Summarizes Mapi.

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