Alexandrion Group awarded young athletes with outstanding performances in 9 disciplines at the Alexandrion 2023 Trophies Gala, which took place on Thursday 6 April in Bucharest. Suggestively titled “The Promise”, the Alexandrion 2023 Trophies Gala was a unique opportunity to recognise and highlight the efforts and performances of young athletes, encouraging them to continue to develop their talent and skills in their preferred sport.
The event brought together some of the most talented and successful young athletes, together with their families and coaches, Olympic and world champions, representatives of sports federations, members of the Romanian government, diplomats, media and business people.
The Minister of Sport, Eduard Novak, honored us with his presence at the event and said in his opening remarks:
“I wanted to be here tonight so that the young winners could feel that the Ministry of Sport is with them. We want to provide them with the best training and preparation conditions to help them achieve the performances they want.”
The winners of the Alexandrion Trophies Gala 2023 – The Promise, are:
- Sabina Petrache – Wrestling. Sabina became European champion in the 61kg category at the European U17 Championships in 2022. Also in 2022 she placed 1st in the U17 National Championship finals and 3rd in the U17 Romanian Cup. The award was presented by the Minister of Youth and Sport, Eduard Novak.
- Jennifer-Stefania Dossey – Athletics. In March 2023, she won national titles in both the long jump (5.98m) and the triple jump (12.97m) at the U20 National Indoor Championships in Bucharest. He also qualified for the European U20 Outdoor Championships to be held in Jerusalem (Israel) in August 2023 in the tri jump, with a good chance of winning a medal. The award was presented by Marius Lăcătuș, a Romanian football legend.
- Mirela Cojocaru – Judo. This year she won 1st place at the U18 National Championship in Craiova and 2nd place at the U16 National Championship in Sibiu. In 2022 she placed 1st at the U15 National Championship in Sibiu, 3rd at the U15 Balkan Championship in Greece and 3rd at the Alina Dumitru International Tournament in Chiajna. The award was presented by Olympic judo champion Alina Dumitru.
- Radu Nițu – Fencing. Ranked 2nd in the International Fencing Federation’s junior men’s sabre ranking. For him 2023 started with a gold medal at the European Junior Championships (team) in Tallinn (Estonia) and bronze medals in 3 of the 4 Junior World Cup competitions. He holds the title of Cadet, Junior and Youth National Champion, which he won in 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The award was presented by Constantin Sandu, European fencing champion.
- Luca Pojar – Swimming. In 2022 he won 10 medals, including 9 gold, at the National Cadet Championships in Targoviste. He won in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 50m and 100m butterfly and 200m medley. In the same competition she won the silver medal in the 400 m. He set a new national record in the 50m freestyle: he covered the distance in 26:42, breaking the old record of 26:60 set in 1985. The award was presented by the world champion in open and freezing water swimming, Paul Georgescu.
- The U19 women’s national polo team – Polo. In 2022 women’s polo achieved the most important achievement in the history of the sport in Romania: the first qualification of the national senior team to a European Championship. At the same time, in 2022, the U19 (under 19) girls’ national team also confirmed its efforts and hard work by participating in the European Championship in Israel. The U19 women’s national polo team was represented at the 2023 Alexandrion Trophies Gala by Teodora Pisaroschi, one of its members, and the award was presented by Matei Guiman Alexandru, President of the Romanian Polo Federation.
- Miruna Lehaci – Chess. She is a member of the chess section of the CSM Iasi 2020 club and, although she is still a junior, thanks to her extraordinary performances she is a member of the Romanian national senior team. In February 2023 she became the national senior champion at the National Individual Senior Championship in Sebeș. At individual level, she is 10 times national junior champion, 2 times national senior vice-champion in 2019 and 2022, national senior champion in 2023, and at team level she is 7 times national champion with the junior team Politehnica Iasi and 4 times national senior team champion. The award was presented by Vlad Ardeleanu, President of the Romanian Chess Federation.
- Florin Ioniță – Boxing. He is three times national champion, has won 4 times the 1st place in the Romanian Cup and has won 4 international junior and youth tournaments. In 2022 he won 2nd place at the European Youth Championships in Sofia and 2nd place at the Paris Gymnasium. The award was presented by Vlad Ardeleanu, President of the Romanian Chess Federation.
- Anastasia Stancu – Gymnastics. She won prizes at several competitions, including 1st place in individual compound at the National Championship in Constanta, 1st place in individual compound at the National Championship in Ploiesti (2022), 1st place in individual compound, vault, floor and parallel bars and 2nd place in beam at the Nadia Comăneci Cup (Onești) and 1st place in individual compound, vault, floor and beam at the National Championship (Bacau). The award was presented by the Olympic gymnastics champion Larisa Iordache.
Alexandrion Group presented the special gala award for resilience and strength to overcome life’s most difficult obstacles to Kassandrei Rotariu, a very brave young woman who is a very powerful source of inspiration for us all.
By organising this special edition of the Gala, Alexandrion Group wanted to reiterate the importance of sport in developing social skills such as communication, teamwork and overcoming obstacles in everyday life. Performance, talent, but also respect, fair play, effort, discipline and responsibility were celebrated during the event.