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Mateusz Malina won two medals at the Freediving World Championships in Cyprus!

Mateusz Malina, a Polish free diver, at the AIDA Depth World Championship 2015 in Limassol, Cyprus, which ended on 19 September – won two medals: a silver in the CNF (fixed weight without fins) competition and a bronze in the FIM (finless diving) competition. The Polish representative is among the world’s top free divers and
Published: September 23, 2015 - 20:44
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 11:40
Mateusz Malina won two medals at the Freediving World Championships in Cyprus!

Mateusz Malina, a Polish free diver, at the AIDA Depth World Championship 2015 in Limassol, Cyprus, which ended on 19 September – won two medals: a silver in the CNF (fixed weight without fins) competition and a bronze in the FIM (finless diving) competition.

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The Polish representative is among the world’s top free divers and from year to year confirms his excellent form coming back from subsequent competitions with new medals – with his example he shows the debuting competitors that to want is to be able. This year’s World Deep Sea Championships were held in difficult conditions at sea. Due to frequent underwater currents and large waves, start times were postponed, which did not always help the participants.

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“On September 14, during the CNF competition, I declared a safe distance for me of 76 metres. I knew I could swim deeper, but given the weather conditions, the start time, I didn’t want to risk it. And in the FIM competition I reached 103m. I am very satisfied with my achievements during this year’s world championships, although I know that I could have done more. However, I draw one important lesson from it, which I also shared with other participants of the championships: if you are going to dive in the Mediterranean Sea, you need to prepare properly for the characteristic changes of temperature, the so-called thermocline, ” says Mateusz Malina.

The successive titles, awards, distinctions that end up in the hands of Mateusz Malina are the result of his many years of work. Among the most important achievements of recent months is the title of world champion in the DNF (dynamic without fins) competition, which he won at the Individual AIDA Pool World Championships 2015 in Belgrade. When he took his first steps in free diving, few had heard of the discipline.

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It was he who paved the way for the young enthusiasts of free diving, proving with his determination and results that dreams not only can, but must be fulfilled. He is self-taught, and has never completed a free diving course. All his knowledge is gained in practice: from trial and error and from materials available on the Internet.

At one point in his career, his savings ran out and his continued participation in international competitions was in question. With time, he managed to get sponsors, although it was a difficult road. Today, he is supported by the international medical company Grena, which helped him at a crucial moment in his career, when nobody wanted to believe in Malina’s huge potential.

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“After deciding that I wanted to improve my skills in freediving, instead of complaining about the lack of prospects in my hometown of Ustroń, I started looking for opportunities and ways to pursue my goals. The turning point in my career was starting cooperation with GRENA. I joined the “Grena Talents Forge” project and thanks to the support I received I could start training and improving my skills ” – says Mateusz Malina. “The sponsor’s support has given me a chance to participate in the most important and prestigious free diving events in the world. I have a lot of satisfaction from the fact that I took full advantage of the opportunity given to me and brought home gold, silver and bronze this year,” he adds.

The “Grena Talents Forge” programme is run by an international medical company GRENA Ltd, founded and run by Poles. For 25 years it has been providing medical institutions around the world with tools and equipment for innovative surgeries in thoracic surgery. For several years it has been implementing a programme to support young talented people in local markets.

Source: Press Information

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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