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Cospicua rowers for training in Leipzig

German club naming one of their boats ‘Malta’

A Leipzig Rowing Club member taking a look at the boat named ‘Malta’.

A Leipzig Rowing Club member taking a look at the boat named ‘Malta’.

Romario Brignone and Maximillian Mamo will be travelling to Germany later this month for a week-long training experience at the renowned Leipzig Rowing Club.

During their stay the two Maltese oarsmen, members of the Cospicua Regatta Club, will be introduced to the Olympic-style sport and practise at the national high performance rowing centre in Leipzig, a city with a long-standing sport tradition, particularly in rowing.

Coaching will be conducted by Joe Speck who holds a German and British licence.

Speck, a frequent visitor to Malta, was here a few years back when he met up with Cospicua club president Stephen Paris.

He wanted to learn more about the sport in our country and was fascinated by the potential of the youngsters at the Bormla club who at the time were training for the Victory Day regatta.

A series of talks followed and now, thanks to the private sponsorships of the German-Maltese Association as well as a contribution by the Maltese Honorary Consul for Saxony, Detlef Bischoff, Brignone and Mamo have an opportunity to enhance their skills and learn more about rowing as an Olympic sport.

In Germany, the two rowers will be accompanied by Paris.

All three will be hosts of the Leipzig Rowing Club and the Leipzig University Sports Faculty.

On June 10, the Cospicua club representatives will attend a special event at the Leipzig Akademischer Ruderverein where a boat-naming ceremony will be held with the attendance of the Maltese Ambassador for Germany, Albert Friggieri.

The new craft, a single sculling training boat in red and white colours, will be named ‘Malta’.

World governing body FISA, as well as the German Rowing Federation (DRV) and the Maltese National Regatta organisation, have all been informed about this joint venture.

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