Adapted Swimmers train in Istanbul

Friday, November 6, 2015, 22:24

Gavin Muscat

Five students have decided to spend their mid-term school holidays in Istanbul participating in an international swimming training camp organised for swimmers with physical disabilities by the Istanbul Municipality.

Julian Bajada is a fourth year law student while Maja Theuma and Sofiya Mishina, both 15 years old, and Thomas Borg, 13, attend secondary school. Laura Demicoli, a 16 year-old has decided to put her experience as a current Neptunes top squad swimmer to good use and will be doing community work for her Systems of Knowledge with these swimmers. The swimmers are accompanied and led by Isabelle Zarb.

No less than 10 other countries are participating in this training camp with a total of over 100 swimmers involved. This is the first experience for our younger swimmers while Julian (together with Vlada Kravchenko) had participated in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships in Glasgow earlier this year. This IPC experience fuelled and encouraged both Julian and Vlada to work at achieving the MQS necessary for participating in the Rio Paralympic Games which will be held in September 2016. Since August they have been training at 6.00 am every morning at the National Pool followed by either gym or pool sessions in the afternoon.

This training camp is the first one planned in helping them achieve their goals. More training camps and competitions have been included in their long-term plans which will definitely take them to Funchal, Portugal, in May 2016 for the IPC European Paralympic Championships.

All this has been made possible by the help and contribution of several entities including the ASA of Malta, who has embraced adapted swimming as one of its disciplines, SportMalta, the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport and several other individual sponsors.

The Maltese swimmers

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