Just a few weeks before Move Week, the National Pool at Tal-Qroqq today welcomed people of all ages in an open Day organised by SportMalta to encourage more persons to take up a better style of living through regular exercise.
A number of activities for all the family, including swimming lessons, aqua fitness for adults, synchronised swimming, Squash, Zumba, Pioloxing and swimming races, were organised today at the National Pool in what can best be described as a vibrant atmosphere.
Participants in this Open Day organised by SportMalta included members of the national female waterpolo team, which was set up 18 months ago. Abby and Stephanie, two young players, say it gave them great satisfaction to represent Malta abroad, adding that the sport helped in their development.
“It’s important for me, as I can continue to build my character through sports in general; discipline is important, and I take it very seriously,” Stephanie said.
Abby added that “apart from doing something I like, it’s also a break from my studies — I’m studying for my A levels right now. I also get to meet my friends, and it’s something different from school.”
Canoe polo, a sport which is catching on locally and which is practiced on the same lines as waterpolo, attracted a good number of participants.
“It isn’t easy to master, but once you manage it after two or three months, with a bit of perseverance you will get used to it, and you can start competing,” athlete Karl Borg pointed out.
SportMalta is presently receiving applications for Summer on the Move, a sport programme for children and males and females of all ages which has so far attracted over a thousand entrants.
Meanwhile, over in Gozo Minister Anton Refalo and Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg announced two projects which will promote sports activities. The projects, which include a walking track, an athletic track and a cycling track at Ulysses Grove, and other sports facilities at the Rabat Sports Complex, are to be implemented with an investment of 400,000 euro, half of which will be financed through European funds.