RINCON DE LA VICTORIA’S new Indoor Pool and Sports Complex, currently under construction, is all set to be named after long distance swimmer, Christian Jongeneel.
Jongeneel, originally from Malaga, has been a longtime resident of Rincon de la Victoria. Rincon’s sports department has argued that he will be a worthy namesake for the new complex, both due to his career accomplishments, as well as for the notable volunteering and fundraising efforts that he has made within the community and beyond.
Jongeneel is the driving force behind the volunteer organisation ‘Brazadas Solidarias’ (Supportive Strokes), and is also a flagbearer for the Vicente Ferrer Foundation.
Last month, Jongeneel became the fourth swimmer in the world and the first European to successfully swim around Manhattan Island twice in a row.
Rincon mayor Encarnacion Anaya showed her satisfaction with the decision “to name one of the most important sports complexes that the town will have, after a sportsman who is noted for his achievements, personal triumphs, and volunteering efforts at the head of an NGO which fights against inequality in some of the most vulnerable and impoverished communities in India.”
On October 5, a meeting was held in the town hall in which Jongeneel was congratulated by the mayor for his personal achievements and his recent accomplishment in New York.