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Malta to hold water polo marathon for a great cause

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Water polo lovers around the island can do their part to raise funds for Special Olympics Malta, as a 24-hour water polo marathon is going down for the first time ever this September.

The brains behind the project, Tim Camilleri, a former water polo player himself, came up with the whole idea after the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi last March.

Twenty-eight Maltese athletes, including Mr Camilleri’s son Benjamin, were among the 7,500 athletes from 190 countries who participated in the event.


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Team Malta managed to take home a total of 40 medals, 12 of which were gold. Naturally, following this achievement, the interest within Special Olympics in Malta grew, which is why Tim and his team are raising funds for the cause.

The water polo marathon in aid of the Special Olympics will take place on September 21st, at the Neptune’s water polo pitch in St Julian’s.

And while collection of donations are currently underway, you don’t have to be a professional water polo player to take part in the marathon. You can join as a spectator, you can get a group of friends and give the game a try! Players will be on site to give you instructions on how to play.


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And if giving water polo a go is not exactly in the cards for you, you can still do your part by volunteering or giving a donation.

“Every single bit comes at a cost, so we would definitely appreciate anybody who could contribute voluntarily. These could include family-oriented discos, silent discos, balloon men, face painters, yoga and pilates instructors,” one of the organisers shared.

“Water polo is the second-most popular sport after football in Malta and so we hope that based on its popularity, we’ll have very good results,” Mr Camilleri said.

For more information and to get in touch with the organisers, one may visit the event’s Facebook page. The event will be streamed live.