Pan American gold medalist prepares for upcoming games
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Isidro Tavera González, a 17-year-old student, won a gold medal in the Pan American Games in Argentina in 2013; now, he is getting ready to qualify for the Pan American games to be held in August 2016 in Río de Janeiro.
Tavera has poor vision but attends high school in the rural community of Agustín González. On October 12, 2013, he won a gold medal in the 800-meter race with a time of two minutes and ten seconds, as well as a gold medal for the 400-meter race. Tavera told Atención that he doesn’t think his weak vision is a disability but as a gift he takes advantage of. Currently, he is being supported by the local and state commission of sports.
Tavera said in addition that he is getting support from the multidisciplinary team of the local Commission of Sports and he is training hard to qualify for the Parapan Am Games in Toronto in 2015, as well as for the Pan American games in Río de Janeiro. Tavera comes from a family with three members who have poor eyesight, and all of them are athletes.
His trainer is his brother, Cristobal Tavera, who said that they are doing their best, but he commented that in the city the facilities for training are not the best. For that reason they have to train in Dolores Hidalgo and Guanajuato, covering their own expenses. To support them, contact Cristobal at 415-1192-951.
In a city council session held on March 31 the council members approved awarding an official recognition to Tavera for his achievements.