Waterpolo marathon to raise funds for Special Olympics Malta

A 24-hour waterpolo marathon in aid of Special Olympics Malta will be held this weekend.

Organiser and former waterpolo player Tim Camilleri said he came up with the idea after Malta’s success at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Abu Dhabi.

He said: ‘The Special Olympics were a moving experience. It won me over.’

A total of 28 Maltese athletes joined 7,500 competitors from 190 nations at the event.

The Maltese team competed in athletics, bowling, cycling, golf, swimming, gymnastics, table tennis and triathlon and won a total of 40 medals, 12 of which were gold.

Mr Camilleri said the success in Abu Dhabi has led to an increase in interest in Special Olympics Malta.

He added: ‘Waterpolo is the second-most popular sport after football in Malta and so we hope that based on its popularity, we’ll have a good event.’

The marathon will be held at Neptune’s waterpolo pitch in St Julian’s on Saturday 21 September from 12pm onwards.

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