The penultimate race of the 2023 Garmin BSJ Open Water Swimming Championships took place on Wednesday in Qui-Si-Sana, in what were hailed as the most challenging conditions encountered this season.
Luca Vella continued to show his strength taking the lead and setting the pace for the rest of the swimmers who had to contend with a moderately high swell. Vella’s closest contender was Sam Camilleri, who has been a regular presence on this year’s Championships podium. Making his debut on the podium was Caine Schembri who finished in third place.
The females’ category was led by Amy Micallef, who won all the races she competed in. She was followed by Beata Xerri de Caro, who also made her first appearance on the podium. In third place was Michela Camilleri, who also has featured regularly in the top rungs of the classification.
Trophies to the top three placed swimmers were presented by Mark Gaglione, representing Medcomms Ltd, agents of Garmin in Malta and Ray Grech, Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club President.
The final race of this year’s Championships will take place on Wednesday 23rd August at 5pm in Salina. Trophies to the winners of the overall championship and age groups will be presented at the end of the race.
The Club expressed its gratitude to Medcomms Ltd, agents of Garmin in Malta and long term supporters of the Club as well as Sliema Local Council.