About the ASA

“In 1993, the deep seeded vision of the Association hit a historic milestone when Malta was chosen to host the Games for the Small States of Europe”

The Aquatic Sports Association of Malta (ASA) saw its inception in 1925 as the Amateur Swimming Association of Malta. Throughout its many iterations, it consistently worked towards three major ambitions: to champion the progression and success of Maltese water-athletes; to engender that success through the provision of adequate facilities and organisational support; and to promote aquatics sports in Malta, endorsing the substantial benefits this brings to the greater community.

Its inauguration was a result of an accumulated desire to see Malta’s water polo team competing at the Olympics. Specifically, Lord Plumer, the Governor of Malta in the early 1920s, had planted the seed of ambition for the local team, with his sights set on the Paris Olympic Games of 1924. Although his plans were derailed when his term expired, the competitive intention for the team never lost momentum. The Association was created to bring this vision to fruition.

National Pool Complex

The National Swimming Pool is the home of swimming, waterpolo, triathlon, syncho swimming & canoe polo in Malta. It offers a full sized Olympic pool (50mtrs) and a diving pool (25mtrs) and abides by International Olympic Swimming Standards.

Since then, the Association has worked with athletes and coaches to overcome the obstacles inherent to a country of Malta’s size. It forged relationships with official, international bodies, such as the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), and made steps towards creating the right conditions for Maltese athletes to compete meaningfully with their foreign peers.

In 1993, the deep seeded vision of the Association hit a historic milestone when Malta was chosen to host the Games for the Small States of Europe. This coincided with the opening of a new national fresh water pool at Tal-Qroqq, Gzira, which included a 50 metre 10-lane swimming pool and a diving pool. The Tal-Qroqq Sports Complex became the home of local aquatic sports, as well as the headquarters of the Association. It provided newfound buoyancy both to the country’s sportsmen and women, as well as the Association that had worked tirelessly to bring Malta’s outfit up to international standards.

Games for the Small States of Europe

The Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE), a biennial multi-sport event, were held in 1993 and 2003 by the Republic of Malta.

The Association continued to strengthen, with three principal officials at its helm: the President, the General Secretary and the Treasurer. As the organisation developed, so did the introduction of new, more focused roles. Now, the Association also includes Vice-Presidents for Water Polo, Swimming, and Administration and Development. The executive organs of the Association are the General Meeting, the Council and the Executive Committee. Each functions to ensure that these beloved sports endure and thrive as they progress.

In 2000, the name of the Association was changed to Aquatic Sports Association of Malta (ASA) by means of a resolution passed during the Annual General Meeting. The heart and drive of the association, however, remains unchanged – to represent and sustain the talented players, swimmers, artistic synchronized swimmers, para swimmers and dedicated supporters of aquatics sports in Malta.

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Aquatic Sports Association, Tal-Qroqq Sports Complex, Maria Teresa Spinelli Street, Gzira, GZR 1711, Malta

+356 2132 2884
+356 2132 2880

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