Roberto Mena Pérez

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Roberto Mena Perez
Personal information
Nationality Spanish
Born (1984-03-06) March 6, 1984 (age 30)
Baleric Islands
Sport
Country  Spain
Sport Wheelchair basketball

Roberto Mena Perez (born March 6, 1984) is a wheelchair basketball player from Spain. He represented Spain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics as a member of Spain men's national wheelchair basketball team.

Personal[edit]

Mena was born on March 6, 1984 in the Baleric Islands. In 2011 and 2012, he resided in the Canary Islands.[1][2] When he was 14 years old, he was involved in an accident that resulted in his right leg being amputated.[3]

Wheelchair basketball[edit]

Mena worked to create a wheelchair basketball program in the Canary Islands that encouraged greater social integration between people with and without disabilities in the area. As part of the program, children with and without disabilities regularly play wheelchair basketball together.[4]

National team[edit]

Mena was invited to a 2012 national team training camp in early 2012 that was part of the selection process for the 2012 Games, arriving in Madrid for the camp by train.[2] He competed in wheelchair basketball at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. It was the first time the Spanish national team had qualified for the Paralympics in 16 years.[5][6] In London, he was coached by Oscar Trigo.[7][8] His team finished fifth overall.[5] He played in the game against Turkey.[9] Mena was a member of the national team at the Frankfurt, Germany hosted 2013 European Championships. His team finished with a bronze medal after defeating Sweden.[10][11]

Club[edit]

In 2011, Mena played for BSR Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.[2] During the 2012/2013 season, he played club wheelchair basketball in Spain for Fundación Grupo Norte.[10][12] He left the team after that season after breaking his contract, which still had a year left on it.[12] During the 2013/2014 season, he played for Amiab. On the way to an away game that season, the team's transport broke 40 km from the game. His team lost the game despite leading the game for the first three quarters. He finished the game with 23 points.[6] During a game against Amfiv that his team won 80-59 and which he started, he scored 17 points.[13] He played in the last game for the team of the 2013 calendar year when they played against his former team, Grupo Norte.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JJ.PP. Londres 2012 — Portal del Consejo Superior de Deportes" (in Spanish). Csd.gob.es. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  2. ^ a b c "El jugador canario Roberto Mena ha sido citado por el seleccionador nacional — ABC.es — Noticias Agencias" (in Spanish). Spain: ABC.es. 2011-12-30. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Roberto Mena: "Participar los Juegos Paralímpicos de Londres es una gran responsabilidad y un orgullo"" (in Spanish). Spain: atrapamallorca.com. 2013-11-16. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ "El equipo que conquista el alma — La Provincia — Diario de Las Palmas" (in Spanish). Spain: Laprovincia.es. 2013-12-05. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Lo Ăşltimo de lo Ăşltimo — Jaume LlambĂ­ Riera, jugador de la selecciĂłn espaĂąola de baloncesto nos habla de los obstĂĄculos diarios que encuentra en Madrid — Entrevistas y Reportajes" (in Spanish). Loultimodeloultimo.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  6. ^ a b Guillermo Sanz (2013-11-03). "62-70: Un tercer cuarto mágico anula al Amiab". ValladolidDeporte.es. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  7. ^ "El baloncesto en silla de Ruedas ha experimentado una evolución espectacular" (in Spanish). Diario La Comarca de Puertollano. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Esther Morales y Roberto Mena compiten mañana en los Juegos Paralímpicos" (in Spanish). Spain: Balearesport. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Página Oficial del Comité Paralímpico Español" (in Spanish). Paralimpicos.es. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  10. ^ a b "España, bronce en el Europeo de baloncesto en silla de ruedas" (in Spanish). 20minutos.es. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  11. ^ "La selección española, con Roberto Mena, consigue la medalla de bronce » Noticias » Deportes » Ultima Hora Mallorca" (in Spanish). Spain: Ultimahora.es. 2013-06-29. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "El encuentro de la jornada se disputa en Valladolid." (in Spanish). Spain: Elnortedecastilla.es. 2013-12-13. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Un nefasto tercer cuarto condena al Amfiv — Faro de Vigo" (in Spanish). Spain: Farodevigo.es. 2013-12-01. Retrieved December 23, 2013.