Another Reason To Shout That Mallorca is Best!

I’m always willing to wax lyrical about sport here in Mallorca. Our sporting facilities are second to none which without doubt helps us produce such great talent. The current crop that were born here on the island includes the footballer Marco Asensio at Real Madrid, the Basketball player Rudy Fernandez at Real Madrid, Rafa Nadal the current World number 5 in tennis and Cata Coll the Spanish ladies under 17 goalkeeper who’s just won the World Cup in that age group and the Women’s Champions League with her club Barcelona. Moto GP is another sport where we excel and Palma born Joan Mir has just finished third in the Moto GP World Championship.

I also write about Balearic Football on a regular basis and it is flourishing at this moment.

La Liga: Real Mallorca currently 16th.

La Liga Smartbank: UD Ibiza currently 10th

Primera RFEF: Atlético Baleares currently 4th

Segunda RFEF: SD Formentera currently 1st, Peña Deportiva 5th, Ibiza Pitiusas 7th, Andratx 8th.

In the Copa del Rey, Andratx made it to the last 64, losing only on  penalties to Sevilla. Atlético Baleares beat La Liga sides Getafe and Celta before succumbing in the last 16 to Valencia. Finally Real Mallorca are in the Quarter Finals after beating Espanyol in the last round. 

So sport, the teams and individuals we’re producing are doing very well on the islands. 

But today I wanted to write about two young guys who weren’t born here but have chosen Mallorca as their training home. I’ve been lucky enough to have met and interviewed both of them and believe me when I say they are both on the way to becoming very successful in their chosen sports. 

You may remember back in October I interviewed Welsh Boxer Liam Jones who was just starting out on his boxing path and had just turned Professional. Liam is from Wales and his parents own a place in the South of the island and he had signed a professional contract with trainer Paul Hamilton and the team at Shambhala Gym in Santa Ponsa. Since then he has won his first two professional fights and the New Year has brought some more good news. 

Mallorcan Real Estate businessman Javier James will be sponsoring Liam’s next 3 fights in Mallorca after he agreed a deal with the Balearic boxing federation.

Paul Hamilton is working with Néstor Domínguez (manager/promoter) towards Liam’s next fight, to take place in March in Mallorca. 

He said “this 3 fight deal puts us in a fantastic position to help get Liam to the top.”

Liam said “I am really happy to have the backing of a Spanish company and I can’t wait for a busy 2022.”

Liam also has great support, from his personal sponsors based in the UK.

Motor Connect, Cardiff Steel, Watches of Wales, Sam Dry Lining, Boxraw 

Unquie Sports Management. Who are all very excited about the journey ahead. 

From my part, Liam is a lovely quiet guy who keeps himself to himself but don’t let that fool you, he is what his nickname says a bull in the ring and I for one wouldn’t like to get punched by him. 

20 year Luca Kidd was born in Maidstone in Kent. Since the age of 10 he started Wakeboarding and by the age of 14 he was good enough to leave the garden of England and head to the sunshine state of Florida. Florida is the capital of wakeboarding and is where you want to be if you want to succeed in the sport. Now Wakeboarding for the uneducated like me is a water sport in which the rider, standing on a wakeboard, is towed behind a motorboat across its wake and especially up off the crest in order to perform aerial manoeuvres. Now when I say he was good enough that probably doesn’t tell the true story because at the age of 17 he won the Junior Pro-Man World Championships. That is an unbelievable achievement. From March to September he is training and competing in the US and the winters are spent here in Pollensa where his parents live. He says having travelled all over the World, Mallorca is without doubt one of the best places to live and he will always come back here.

He is the only Brit competing on the US circuit in a sport dominated by Americans and Australians who of course have the raw materials on their doorstep. In 2021 and now competing in the adult series he was ranked number 9 in the World. It’s off season right now but the next event is in Melbourne, Australia in March and then off to the States in April. 

Luca is sponsored by Malibu Boats, Liquid force, CBD mountain, M north inc and Bro! Clothing. 

From my part, Luca was such a polite grounded young man with a total surf vibe going on. To achieve what he has already in his sport is definitely something to shout about. 

Both of the guys were a joy to meet and interview. We should be proud that they’ve chosen Mallorca to train and I for one will be keeping an eye out for their results. 

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.00-10am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

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