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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:18 +0300

Hopes for Distinction from Cyprus Sailors

LIMASSOL, 13 May 2009 - The Cyprus National Sailing Team enters the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe with high hopes of distinction. Under the supervision of their coaches, the men and women sailors of Cyprus are training intensively for the Games having set a goal of collecting as many medals as possible, as they'll be competing in their own back yard.

The only Sailing medal (a bronze) for Cyprus at the last Games, two years ago in Monaco, came from Natasha Christodoulou--but several other sailors achieved good rankings.

All the pre-Games preparation is done under the supervision of National coaches Demetres Demetriou and Akis Koutsavakes.

Meanwhile, star sailor Pavlos Kontides is expected to arrive in Cyprus on 2 June, the first day of races off the Limassol Sailing Centre, on the south coast of the island. The national champion is a strong favourite in the Laser Class and the Sailing community of Cyprus has high hopes that he will clinch the gold medal.

But there are also others that will be contending for more medals--amongst them, Roes Neophytou, Eleni Kyriakidou, Maria Sarri, Joseph Herodotou, Grigoris Christodoulou and Mary Solomonidou.

The whole Cyprus Sailing Teams includes 24 sailors, six in each Class and gender: Optimist and Laser / Laser Radial.

Since 1985, when Cyprus took part for the first time in the Sailing competition of the San Marino Games, until the latest performance in Monaco 2007, Cyprus has amassed 10 medals--two gold, three silver and five bronze. The only two golds came from Nicholas Epiphaniou in the 470 Class in 1989 and from Demetres Lappas in 1997.

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