Baja California Centre celebrates 10 years of existence
BAJA CALIFORNIA, Mexico, February 26, 2013 – As it gears up to
host the Boys’ Under 19 Volleyball World Championships in 2014,
the Baja California High performance centre is also celebrating
the tenth anniversary of its founding. And there is a lot to
celebrate as the Centre has played a pivotal part in sport
development in Mexico over the past decade.
The Centre’s pace of development has been remarkable. The
Athletes’ Academy was opened in 2009, five years after the first
foundation stone was set. By the end of the 2012 the new
Multisport Facility began to host the Taekwondo and Fencing
state programmes and is expected to also be used for Shooting
The idea of using the Centre to host international sporting
events was born out of the US Olympic Committee’s “Amazing
Awaits” campaign that was launched in 2007 prior to the games in
Beijing. The closeness to the US Olympic Training Centre located
in Chula Vista inspired the Baja California Authorities to
develop a similar project that would host hundreds of
competitors in many international events including volleyball.
Over time the Centre has developed strong ties with local and
national US sporting authorities to a point that some Mexican
athletes have been offered scholarship to American universities.
The results of the Centre’s long term development plan have
definitely begun to show. At the start of 2013 three local teams
won medals at USA Volleyball's Youth High Performance
competitions that took place in California and Illinois. And
further plans for the Centre are on the card.
On February 14, during the presentation and official conference
of the FIVB Volleyball Boys' Youth World Championship, the
Mexican Olympic Committee President, Carlos Padilla Becerra,
expressed an interest in hosting a Pan American Olympic Festival
in Baja California.
"We have explored the possibilities and seen these facilities
that are certified by the Committee and there is no question
that we will host our Festival here,” said Padilla. "This is
very important for us, because we are starting the new Olympic
cycle of Rio 2016, and in the middle of it we have competitions
such as the Central American and Caribbean Games that will take
part in Veracruz in 2014 and the Pan American Games of Toronto
in 2015," he continued.
Holding a festival in the same year that the National Junior
Olympic and Paralympic Championships as well as the Boys' U19
World Volleyball Championships will mean that 2013 will be a
busy year. But the Centre’s more than stellar record has shown
that it is up to the task.