Bonastre will become the main image and representative of the tournament
Berta Bonastre has been appointed the Director of the FIH Hockey Women's World Cup Terrassa 2022 to be held from July 1 to 17.
Born in Matadepera, Barcelona, ??29 years ago, Berta announced last week, through a letter addressed to the Spanish fans, her dismissal from the Spanish team after 203 caps with the RedSticks. With two Olympic diplomas, achieved in his participation in Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Tokyo 2020, the historic bronze medal in the 2018 World Cup, also the bronze in the Antwerp EuroHockey in 2019 and victories in the World League Round 2 in 2017 and in the 2019 Hockey Series, she leaves behind a magnificent record with the Spanish team and embarks on a new challenge: to be the director of the tournament that will take place at the Terrassa Olympic Stadium.
The FIH Hockey Women's World Cup Spain & Netherlands 2022 will be held in two venues: Amstelveen and Terrassa. Berta will lead, together with the executive director Óscar Gallego, the Spanish venue. In this way, Bonastre will become the main image and representative of a World Cup in which the players are preparing to try to improve the result achieved in the last World Cup, London 2018, where they won the bronze medal.
It should be noted that this Thursday, February 17, the official presentation and the draw in which the 16 classified teams will meet their rivals in the group stage will be held at the Museum of Science and Technology in the city of Terrassa.
The participants will be Spain and the Netherlands, as hosts; Belgium, England, Germany and Ireland as the other European teams; South Africa as the African representative, having won the recent Africa Cup of Nations; China, India, Japan and Korea, as Asian representatives; Argentina, Chile and Canada as Americans, and Australia and New Zealand, from Oceania.
The draw will be conducted by the CEO of the FIH, Thierry Weil, accompanied by Berta Bonastre herself and the coach and former Spanish international, Santi Freixa. An event that can be followed live on the FIH's streaming platform Watch.Hockey.
Berta Bonastre: “Being the tournament director at this World Cup means a lot to me. This World Cup takes place in the city where I was born and where I have played hockey all my life and it is magical to be able to collaborate in such a unique and special event. I am very happy because this way I can contribute from a new perspective and that fulfills me and makes me feel closer to my colleagues. In addition, it gives me the opportunity to discover new roles and face this personal challenge. My functions will be to communicate everything that we are doing from the organization, transmit the values ??of this World Cup and the passion for hockey, not from the perspective of a player, but as a spectator of such an event”.
Santi Deó, RFEH president: “Organizing a World Cup is always very complex and we needed to find a leader who reflects the values ??of our sport. From the first moment we agreed that Berta Bonastre, player of the Spanish team until a few days ago, was the ideal person to be the image and visible face of this event. She is the perfect person to give the World Cup the push we needed.”