Press Release issued by Otters Aquatic Sports Club on the 16th July 2016
On the 14th and 15th of July 2016, strong winds hit our islands, especially Marsalforn which is badly affected by northerly winds.
In the beginning of June of this year, the waterpolo club Otters ASC after several weeks of intensive work by its’ various committee members have put in the sea a brand new waterpolo pitch inside the bay Marsalforn and restored the netting which surrounds the pitch preventing jellyfish entering into the same pitch. Apart from the work involved in setting up the pitch, a considerable amount of money was spent by the Club to purchase and deliver this pitch from abroad.
These collective efforts made over a span of several weeks vanished in the space of two days when gigantic waves caused extensive damage to the same pitch and netting.
Currently Otters ASC cannot hold training sessions for their players whilst the team is competing in the waterpolo championship. Therefore the competitivity of the same team and preparation for future games will suffer a huge and serious setback.
Furthermore the Swimming School that Otters ASC organises every summer, in which more than 100 children attend and benefit from, is severely threatened because of this storm and the state of the pitch. The complete destruction of the breakwater has exposed this popular tourist resort to gigantic waves which year in year out destroy everything that stands in their way.
Otters ASC urges the competent authorities to prioritise the re-construction of breakwater as soon as possible in order that the effects of waves are mitigated and stresses that the construction of a pool in Gozo has become a must.
Dr. Enzo Dimech Dr. Daniel Calleja
President Otters ASC Secretary Otters ASC