Marsa Squash Team in Poland

Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 11:19

A squash team from the Marsa Sports Club will be visiting Poland from the 8th – 12th of September to take part in a series of team matches as well as the Krakow Open Squash Tournament 2010. The team from Marsa includes national team player Carl Camilleri, ex-national team player Sue Aquilina, Maltese junior champion Colette Sultana, and a selection of players from the various Marsa Sports Club squash leagues.

Team coach and trip organiser Paul Lake explained that the idea is to allow players of all standards and ages to take part in an overseas tour. All the players have taken part in 3 months hard preparation for this trip and it is vital for local squash that these players get the chance to take part and compete in such overseas events. This not only maintains the interest but also helps develop squash in Malta further. A ‘squash and social tour’ is also an important part of these trips – besides the tough squash programme, time is set aside for visiting the area. When not competing, the team from Marsa will be visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mines (which reach a depth of 327 meters and are over 300 km in total length), and will also pay a visit and have time to reflect at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Both places are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Squash has only been played in Poland for around 10 years, but the standard keeps improving and the team from Marsa can expect tough matches. The first team match will be on Thursday in the neighbouring town of Tychy, against a local team. On Friday, the team from Marsa will face much stiffer opposition against a team representing Krakow, with Lukasz Nitka at number 1. The current number 8 in Poland, Nitka was ranked number 2 only two seasons ago and will be expected to test Marsa number 1 Carl Camilleri to his limit. Number 2 for Krakow is no stranger to Malta – Dominika Witkowska was runner-up in this year’s Malta Open and is the current Polish National ladies champion. Witkowska will play Colette Sultana, Malta’s leading junior. This will be a tough test for young Sultana and will clearly show how much determination and will-power the youngster has when facing superior opposition. On Saturday, the Krakow Squash Open will take place, with all the Maltese players competing in the ‘A’ or the ‘B’ events against players from Krakow, Tychy, Warsaw and other parts of Poland.

Squash is growing at an impressive rate in Poland, and many new business opportunities are evolving through the ‘squash market’. This trip to Krakow will be an ideal opportunity to promote the Maltese Islands. The organisers are grateful for the support given by Malta Enterprise, The Malta Chamber of Commerce, The Maltese Tourism Authority and Savina Gozo.

As part of their preparation, the team representing Marsa will be playing challenge matches at the Marsa Sports Club on Sunday 5th September from 09.30 – 12.00. These matches end 3 months of hard preparation for all the players involved. Spectators are welcome to attend.

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