From winning gold to saving lives

Eduardo Blasco (28 years old, San Sebastian) He has won everything within his reach in the aquatic modalities of Rescue and First Aid (multiple world medals in different disciplines), but from January he will have to deal with a much larger mission. There will not be a piece of metal at stake, but a human life. The most important competition, that of survival. The swimmer is already in the Canary Islands preparing with the NGO Aita Mari to be part of the rescue ship for migrants who intend to reach Spain in any type of floating material. “Saving a life is something more impressive than hanging a medal”he says on the other end of the phone, excited about the adventure he will undertake this November.

According to data from the International Organization for Migration, in 2021 2,000 people drowned trying to reach Europe by sea. Although there are multiple organizations that work to prevent these human losses, the presence of Blasco is completely new: “for the first time” a professional athlete, world champion in rescue and first aid, will be part of the team that will go out with his boat through the waters of the Mediterranean. To prepare, Blasco, who has a law degree, needs to undergo routine physical training, but especially psychological training.

“I work with a psychologist for everything I can find when I have to rescue someone. Very hard and difficult situations can occur. They mostly tell me to try not to look him in the eye. Under normal conditions, due to my training I would be able to rescue many people, but in the sea other factors influence it and it will be more difficult. One face remains forever”, he comments fully aware of the stress he can suffer in such extreme situations, of life or death.

A few weeks ago, Blasco himself proclaimed world champion in Italy of the specialty of 50 meters trailer. This discipline is based on the fact that the swimmer must swim that distance with a mannequin in tow that simulates a person. An identical situation to the one that will be found from November, but with another context. “The conditions are totally different. I must wear a wetsuit and the sea conditions will be different. In addition, there is all the stress of having to rescue people who are going to be in an extreme situation. Doing all this to save a single life is already worth it”explains Blasco.

A life between water and law

Blasco’s passion for water runs in his family. His grandfather Eduardo Álvarez also won everything in his power in the pool, and one of his legacy has been instilling that dedication in his grandson, who, despite being born in San Sebastián, moved to Fuerteventura when he was very young, where he found the ideal environment to develop his skills. The world champion is considered an elite athlete by the Higher Sports Council (CSD) and can live from swimming thanks to his successes. He is very popular on his social media. He has more than 550,000 followers on Facebook and more than 40,000 on Instagram. But apart from his successes and his new adventure in life, Law is his other passion.

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Graduated, he has between eyebrows to be able to support the professional careers of athletes who dedicate their whole lives to sports and who after retiring feel a void, also professional. Blasco proposed to copy the model of Italy and that all elite athletes can have a way out in the state security forces. In the same way, he advocates taking advantage of his talent: “Society does not give too much importance to the athlete. I think his skills and his unique background and experiences could be utilized.” He now takes advantage of it to save lives.

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