This is the story of an athlete who has crossed his limits, his age limits overcoming injuries and accidents. This is the story of Oldman: The Last Triathlete.
Manuel Cruces Panoramix, aged 72, has been a dermatologist for more than 30 years, Chief of the Dermatology Service of the CHOP (Pontevedra Hospital Complex), but in his free time…
He was a swimmer, a cyclist, an Olympic trap shooter, a roller hockey player of Deportivo de La Coruña, first lifeguard of Galicia. After turning 40, all of the above led him to practice triathlon, a sport that, at the end of the 1980s, not many people knew, even fewer of them understood, and barely no one seemed to practice in Spain.
Now in 2016 he is still active and competing with exactly the same enthusiasm of the first day. Every competition is a challenge and every year, a new adventure; proving that age is just a state of mind and where there’s a will, there’s a way. Not even a broken hip caused by an accident stopped him from competing when no one gave a dime for his chances to recovery.
This documentary deals with vocations arriving late in life. Immersed in another way of living, it analyzes the daily challenges of an extraordinary athlete who tries to reach the “finishing line of the starting point”, as he usually says.
This extraordinary athlete is the main character of “Oldman: The Last Triathlete”, a throwback to remember the history of this sport in Galicia through his own milestones, partners and experiences.
The best triathlon athlete, Javier Gómez Noya, as well as other benchmark triathlon athletes such as Iván Raña, Saleta Castro and David Castro are also part of this documentary.
Some Oldman’s epic achievements
Second position in the 2012 Vitoria-Gasteiz ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship
First position in the 2015 Aquathlon Spanish Championship – Age Group (70-74)
Second position in the 2010 Budapest ITU Aquathlon World Championship.
Bronze Medal in the 2014 Palma de Mallorca Half Distance Triathlon European Championship.
Bronze Medal in the 1999 Madeira Olympic Triathlon European Championship.
2008 Pontevedra Cross Triathlon Spanish Championship
2004 Ibiza Long Distance Triathlon Spanish Championship
2004 Aquathlon Spanish Championship
A story about the role of their grandparent, The Last Triathlete is told as a tale from parents to children.
Destination of your contributions
Your contributions are meant to cover the basic needs of the documentary in order to be carried out with the quality we request. If more funds are obtained, they will be dedicated to improve the documentary, especially regarding team’s trips (to competitions), translation into other languages...
About the rewards
For those who support the project, we have tried to give you the opportunity to enjoy the Oldman’s experience through different formats: digital, physical... It is essential for us to respect his philosophy and take his experience to a further level, where the rewards, such as trainings, debates or virtual meetings shall take place.
The Schedule will depend on the tests to be covered and the physical condition, but all rewards will be handed in towards the last quarter of the year.