ROQUETAS de Mar hosts an international memory challenge later this month.
The World Rapid Memory Championship will be held in the Aguadulce Congress and Exhibition Palace from October 19 to 21.
Participants will do a series of tests in which they have to remember the greatest amount of information possible in a set time.
There will be one classification for adults and one for youngsters. The event will also feature activities on memory techniques.
Organised by Aguadulce’s Mar Mediterraneo school and the Indaliana parents association, the competition has the backing of the Diputacion de Almeria, Roquetas council, the Almeria Chamber of Commerce and the Junta de Andalucia’s Education delegation.
Speaking at the presentation of the competition last week, provincial Youth deputy Maria Luisa Cruz underlined the importance for the province of staging these kind of events.
“These tests develop in the participants speed reading, visual memory, photographic capacity, promoting ingenuity and imagination at the same time as demanding great attention and concentration”, she commented.
“These abilities contribute to the development of participants’ self-esteem and self-assurance, and are of huge use for children and teenagers in regard to passing exams and tests of all kinds”, she added.
Roquetas Education, Culture and Youth councillor Juanjo Salvador highlighted the participation of nine-time world champion Ramon Campayo.
“His presence, knowledge and the tools he communicates are going to be of enormous help for young people in Roquetas de Mar and the rest of the province”, he maintained.
“They say rapid memory is not an end in itself, but a means which opens up for us an amount of infinite possibilities”, observed Chamber of Commerce representative Victor Cruz.
He pointed out the methods are also useful for the elderly as a way of retaining active memories.
The World Rapid Memory Championship is held every two years. This will be the second time it has been staged in Spain.