Debono Grech, Satariano took full honours at the Arena BSJ Open Water Swimming Championships

Thursday, August 1, 2019, 13:05

The final race of the Arena BSJ Open Water Swimming Championships took place yesterday in Salina. The 4-kilometre race wrapped up the season for 2019, which saw increased participation from previous years.

4-kilometre Race

Nearly 70 swimmers took part in the last race of the season, which also served as a qualifier for the forthcoming Festina Malta – Gozo – Malta and Gozo Malta Open Water Swims.   Stefano Debono Grech and Leah Satariano continued their winning streak and were the top two swimmers out of the water.   In the Males’ Category it was the Under 14 Luca Vella who finished in second place, followed by veteran Robert Vella  who completed the podium.  Meanwhile in the Ladies’ Race second to take her place on the podium was Adriana Ferreira Massa. She was followed by triathlete Hannah Cutajar, fresh from her overall win at the European Sprint Triathlon Age Group win in Kazan Russia.

Overall Classification

The overall and age group winners were those swimmers who accumulated the best times in five of the six races of the Championship. A total of 37 swimmers were eligible to be part of the classification and trophies to these winners were presented by Club President Mr. Raymond Grech, folowing the 4k Race Presentation.

Overall Male Female


Stefano Debono Grech Leah Satariano


Luca Vella Adriana Ferreira Massa


Nathan Cachia Karen Ryan
Age Group    

Masters A

Kamilla Boross Andrew Farrugia

Masters B

Daniela Apap Bologna Robert Vella

Masters C

Isabelle Zarb Steve Apap Bologna

Masters D

Marian Belsten Amand Veranneman

“We are extremely satisfied with the participation in the Arena BSJ Open Water Swimming Championships this year. Apart from seeing the regular swimmers returning and some of them registering improved timings, we have also seen an influx of new blood as well as some young swimmers, who definitely show promise for the future of the sport” explained Euchar Camilleri, Secretary General, Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club. “We are grateful for the support that Eurosport Malta, agents of Area Swimwear, have given us as well as all those involved in the organisation of these races”

Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club will be hosting the annual Festina Malta – Gozo – Malta and Gozo – Malta Open Water championships on Saturday 24th August. All those who qualified to take part are requested to submit their application by not later than Saturday 10th August. More information can be obtained on


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