The Synchronized Swimming Academy of the Malta Junior National Team (13-15 Age Group) will take part in the COMEN Cup 2017 to be held in Malhada, Portugal between the 3rd and 6th of August 2017.
Hon Dr Clifton Grima, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sports and Voluntary Organizations, met with the participants and whilst wishing them success in this prestigious competition emphasised that the team must be proud to represent Malta in this sport.
All the members of the Maltese team hail from the Synchronised Swimming Academy organised and managed by SportMalta. In fact the entity has sponsored each participant with approximately 500 euro to assist them and support them in this competition and fully paid for all the expenses of the respective coaches accompanying the Maltese team. In the past five months, the team was undergoing intensive training under different coaches peaking in the last month under the supervision of the Spanish coach Gonzalo Victoria Carranza and Mrs. Anja Kühn.
Moreover, to ensure that the sport of synchronised swimming in Malta keeps developing on a professional level, SportMalta is providing international coaching in the UK to two local coaches who will be leaving during these days. SportMalta also ensures that there is always ample availability at The National Pool complex for our athletes to train regularly to reach their maximum potential.
The Maltese team is composed of eleven athletes: Kirsty Calleja, Kristina Camenzuli, Hayley Camilleri, Neeve Cauchi, Ana Culic, Amy Grech, Thea Grima Buttigieg, Victoria Pace, Vanessa Mairangas, Anaelle Siby and Charlotte Spencer. They will be competing with swimmers from 30 other countries. The entire team will be taking part in the Free Combination Routine whilst Malta will also participate in the solo routine represented by Vanessa Mairangas and in the duet represented by Kristina Camenzuli and Thea Grima Buttigieg. The solo and duet have to do well in the preliminaries to qualify for the finals. All swimmers will also take part in the figures competition.
The Comens Cup, a competition for swimmers between 13 and 15 years, involves competitions for Solo, Duet, Team and Free and Figure combinations. The top eight Mediterranean countries will go through to the finals, together with the top four from non-Mediterranean countries.
This year the Portuguese Federation of Sports FPN is organizing the competition. The team will leave Malta to Portugal on Tuesday 1st August 2017.