Published on May 8th, 2013 | by Daniel Boyle1
Chilean Athletes Go Live on Air
During 2013, Chile’s high performance athletes have taken it upon themselves to spread the message of Chilean athletes and sports, to show the world that Chile has more than just football.
The photo below is from one of our English classes with the DAR Chile group. Led by athletes such as Claudia Vera (karate), Caterin Bravo (fencing) and Karen Gallardo (discus), the next adventure for the athletes has been the creation of a radio show.
The beauty of the different activities, whether it be the English classes, radio, or a day for the media, is that it is giving the athletes skills that they can continue with once their sporting career has finished.
The reality in Chile is that the federations do not do enough to publicise their sports and this is the key reason why all of Chile’s media is filled with football. The fact that the Chilean athletes are taking this key matter into their own hands is only going to help a thriving future of Chilean sports.
The regular government line is that they are “building a country of athletes”, but the key should be to build a country of athletes that can make great contributions to the society.
The “A Todo DAR” program goes to air on Radio Sport each week on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Chilean time). You can click the link to tune in. It is a great opportunity for Chile’s high performance athletes to get more time on the airwaves.
Today’s program will feature Olympic triathlete Felipe van de Wyngard as well as a look at how the funding of elite athletes works in Chile.