Padel Magazine - Ruben Castilla allows us to see beyond, explaining the benefits of this sport for athletes with disabilities ... To discover it on a paddle track, discover our photo album and our videos on our facebook page.
Padel Magazine : Hello Ruben, you are a famous padel player with a disability, can you tell us your story around the padel ...
Ruben Castilla: First of all my name is Ruben Castilla, I am a professional padel player in Handisport since now 5 years. I am a player who plays on the left. I'm very familiar with racket sports like tennis and that helps a lot. Today with my teammate Oscar Ageo, we are the world's number one. It shows that even with disabilities, even with leg problems, we can practice the sport, have fun and become powerful.
Padel Magazine : You explained to me that the padel was a sport that had helped you personally, why?
Ruben Castilla: Enormously, the padel does not only help you physically, to repair you, but it also helps you in everyday life, it also helps you on the social level. Thanks also to my level, I have an international life. I have the opportunity to play with people without handicap barrier. For me, the padel allows me to be much more operational. With the padel, I have everything you need.
Padel Magazine : But you did not play a lot padel before your accident?
Ruben Castilla: I practiced paddle before my accident and actually not that bad and I was definitely better. However with my current abilities, we have come to be the numbers of Spain.
Padel Magazine : So we can have fun and play padel quite quickly?
Ruben Castilla: Yes of course it's possible. But it will train to acquire a level that allows you to play well. But yes it is an easy sport, accessible. But it's a sport we have to test, because there is such communication in this sport, it helps to continue and improve in this sport.
Padel Magazine : Earlier, you told me that there was a very social side in the padel, can you explain yourself?
Ruben Castilla: Socially the padel can bring a lot of things to people, help them to make themselves or remake themselves. The padel is a game. We play with and against people. It's very interesting. With 4 people, it's obviously much more interesting than playing alone. Being 2, playing with someone in a small space brings a lot of positive things. You can also play with your family, your wife, your children, your friends ... This is very important and makes the difference with other sports more difficult to access. We do not smell bad, quite the contrary. It is an activity that is done in a group. It's very rewarding.
Padel Magazine : You play with your family padel as if the handicap no longer existed ...
Ruben Castilla: We are two to play against two other people. That makes 4, and so it allows to meet many people, to practice with his family. The handicap disappears. And as a reminder, we are right in the game with two rebounds which further improves the fluidity in the game There is a thousand reason to embark on the padel for non-disabled or disabled.
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