The Garmin Beat Yesterday Awards are the awards that Garmin Italia has been giving to the protagonists of particularly deserving sports projects for six years for having made their dream come true by overcoming their own limits.
In 2021, the year of the restart, the protagonists of these five stories wanted to test themselves in various adventures, from trail running to cycling, from boating to motorcycling, passing through the outdoors: each with their own motivations was able to reach with determination and passion your goal.
An evening of strong emotions that also saw prominent names on the Italian sports scene on stage, such as Max Sirena of Team Luna Rossa, the Aosta Valley mountaineer Herve Barmasse, the cycling World Champion in Varese 2008 Alessandro ballan and the Italian motorcyclist Alessandro Botturi. To reward a very special project, the TV presenter Matteo Viviani.
The winning projects
- Motorbike: Domitilla Quadrelli
- Trail running: Enrica Gouthier
- Sailing: Marco Martinez
- Trekking: Roberto Carnevali and Manu
- Cycling: Wolfango Poggi
In the 2021 edition the format of Garmin Beat Yesterday Awards wanted to reward five personal challenges completed during this year of recovery. Among over 700 applications received in just three months, these compelling stories summarize some of Garmin's souls: trail running, cycling, motorcycling, outdoor and boating.
Domitilla's is a very special story, which somehow demonstrates once again how a woman can always have a resource to draw from to achieve her goal. After a modeling career, she discovers the “dusty” world of two wheels. A passion that grows day after day, even when something is really growing inside her. Yes, because Domitilla in the sixth month of pregnancy decides to sign up for one of the toughest and at the same time exciting races on the off-road motorcycling scene: Swank Rally of Sardinia. A real leap in the dark, which however saw her at the start riding his motorcycle just two months after giving birth. With her for the duration of the event, and upon arrival, her partner and her eldest son, at the forefront to support Domitilla in this great adventure. «For me Beat Yesterday means overcoming one's limits, sharing one's passion and involving others in a positive way. For this reason I have organized a bootcamp of motorcycling dedicated only to women: I would like to break down the limits that women often impose on ourselves, help them discover new passions and encourage them to make their dreams come true ». Awarded at the Garmin Beat Yesterday Awards 2021, the Italian motorcyclist Alessandro Botturi.
Enrica completed the UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc) 170 km for 10000 meters of elevation gain, after preparing for five long years. Young mother of an 11-year-old girl, she had to work hard in life, not only from a sporting point of view, but above all from a human point of view: difficult years to put behind her and the search for jobs to keep going. The race was the escape from bad thoughts, as well as a way to find a redemption. And this feat was his revenge. «I have dreamed of this race for five years. I prepared myself and worked hard; I saved, I woke up for more than a year at dawn to train. I thought I was, but I wasn't ready for everything I experienced at UTMB. I was not ready for people, for enthusiasm, for madness, for crisis… I was not ready for anything. And yet, it seems that I have made it ... and that I have finished it! ». Awarded at the Garmin Beat Yesterday Awards 2021, theAosta Valley mountaineer Hervé Barmasse.
For the marine world, Garmin rewards Marco Martinez's feat: he dropped his moorings this summer from the Arno river and headed south, continuing eastwards and reaching Turkey. An extraordinary journey, which led him to understand how much geographical boundaries, as we imagine them, are limits in creating a solid international community of sailors, who share languages, passions and traditions. “During the voyage I was able to test myself and my qualities as a novice commander (I'm 25), but the thing that gave me the most satisfaction was seeing the carefree happiness in the eyes of my inexperienced but passionate crew. A happiness that only the sea, the real one, can give ». To award him at the Garmin Beat Yesterday Awards 2021, Max Sirena of Team Luna Rossa.
4Roberto Carnevali and Manu: in the mountains to meet
Walking in the mountains is not a simple hobby for Roberto Carnevali, who for 21 years has been facing the biggest challenge of his life: trying to build a relationship of communication and mutual understanding with his son Manu, who suffers from an autism spectrum disorder. Their excursions, born with the intention of trying to share between the two an activity much loved by Roberto, have been able to unite the two little by little, creating a closer relationship between them and open to dialogue and exchange of emotions. A truly unexpected implication, which brought two worlds initially light years into contact, and which revealed how outdoor activity, in this case trekking, has the potential of enormous benefit in several respects. «After so many years, there are really many peaks that we have climbed together. This experimentation that we carry out together through physical activity has strengthened our relationship, built a bridge, offered us a new way to generate empathy between us. And we would like to make it known to people who, like us, have to do with people with autism ». To award them on the occasion of the Garmin Beat Yesterday Awards 2021, the conductor Matteo Viviani.
5Wolfango Poggi: on the pedals to raise funds for the Novak Djokovic foundation
Da Firenze in Belgrade in eight days on his bicycle: this is Wolfango Poggi's cycling enterprise, through which he managed to raise a sum of over 10.000 euros which were donated to the Novak Djokovic foundation for the expansion of an asylum in a village in Serbia. To motivate him, as he himself says, was the goal of doing something concrete to make the dreams of so many children come true, and the desire to dedicate his business to a country that he defines "his second home" and that has welcomed for several years. “Knowing that I was actually doing something to make the dreams of so many children come true motivated me, and gave me the stimulus and energy necessary to overcome moments of difficulty. Their smile and the hugs they gave me upon arrival were the greatest reward I could receive ». To award him at the Garmin Beat Yesterday Awards 2021, Norma Gimondi and Alessandro Ballan, Online World Champion in 2008 in Varese.