Andrea Agius to represent Malta in Island Games

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 12:04

he 14th edition of the Island Games (COJI) is going to be held between the 25th -30th May in the Azores Islands. Athletes from islands such as Sicily, Sardinia, Isle of Wight, Jersey, Cyprus, Martinique, Malta and others will be taking part in these Games. The official categories are as follows: Handball, Athletics, Basketball, Gymnastics, Judo, Swimming, Tennis, Table Tennis, Sailing and Volleyball.

The main objectives of these Games are:

- Promoting sports amongst the young people of Europe as a factor for integration, social cohesion, which allows them to become aware of how to live life as a team, in solidarity, showing mutual respect and citizenship.

- Promoting the Olympic spirit amongst young people, ensuring that the founding principles of a “clean game” are respected, as well as supporting all organisations of sports training and programmes, to perfect their techniques, protect the sports people from the interior and the outer-most regions.

This is the largest Sporting event for young people who come from the islands. They share a common sense of coming from insular areas, which beforehand directly concerned territories in the Mediterranean but which now includes a number of territories further afield such as Tahiti (French Polynesia) or the French island of Reunion

Maltese swimmer Andrea M. Agius a 16 years old Neptune W.P.S.C. swimmer will be representing Malta in this year Island Games. Andrea competed in various competitions locally and internationally such as FISEC games in Hungary and France, Piskeo Meet in Sicily, Titze Cup and Weihnachtsschwimmen both in Berlin.

He is going to compete in the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke and in the 200m Individual Medley. Agius holds records in Group ‘B’ in the 50m, 100m, and 200m breaststroke. His next international swimming competition will be the FISEC Games that will be held in Tours, France in July 2010.

His participation in the Islands Games came through support of the Malta Olympic Committee after nomination by the Malta ASA.

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