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National handball coach Paulo Pereira and cyclist João Almeida are among the winners of the eighth edition of the Bento Pessoa National Awards, promoted by Ginásio Clube Figueirense (GCF) and Casino Figueira.
According to the list of winners released after the jury meeting, held at the University of Coimbra, in the category “Entities of National Scope”, the “Technical” award was given to the national handball coach, Paulo Pereira, the “Director” award to the president of the Olympic Committee of Portugal, José Manuel Constantino, and the prize “Practitioner or Sports Team” to cyclist João Almeida.
In the same category, the “Institution” award went to the Associação Académica de Coimbra, Miguel Monteiro, world record holder for weightlifting in the F40 class, won the “Practical Sportsman Paralympic” award and João Pedro Mendonça, journalist from RTP, collected the “Sports Journalist or Social Communication” award.
Two Special Jury Prizes were also awarded, one to the judoka Telma Monteiro (who had already won the “Athlete” award in 2009) and another to the Handball Federation of Portugal.
In the category “Entity of the Municipality of Figueira da Foz”, which awards an individual or collective person linked to the municipality of Figueira da Foz, with relevant action and of national and/or international projection in any area of human activity, excluding Sport, the prize it was attributed to Regina Mateus, a medical surgeon, director of the Hospital das Forças Armadas and the first woman to assume the position of general officer in the Portuguese Armed Forces.
The “Personality of Ginásio Clube Figueirense” award, on the other hand, distinguished José Tomé, director for almost three decades and chairman of the Figueira da Foz club for five terms.
The Prize distinguishes entities, managers, coaches, athletes and personalities mostly linked to sport and is sponsored by José Bento Pessoa (1874-1954), founding partner of Ginásio Figueirense, former world record holder for speed cycling and Portugal’s first champion in this specialty.
The prizes will be delivered during a gala at Casino Figueira at the end of the year.