Image via WikipediaMares Diving, a leading scuba diving, free diving and spear fishing equipment company, has announced today the sponsorship of three of the leading competitors on the USA Worlds Spearfishing Team.
The company, which produces equipment ideally-suited for spearfishing and competitions, will immediately get behind Justin Allen, Sean Moreschi and John Modica as the trio continue their preparations for the World Spearfishing Championships scheduled for Mali Losinj, Croatia in September.
According to Steve Lamphear, General Manager, Mares Diving, it’s a natural fit for Mares to sponsor these competitors. “Each of these incredible athletes has the skill, experience and ability to bring home a title for the US team. Mares is pleased to be associated with them as we get closer to the World Championships this September.”
The competitors include:
Justin Allen: The native of Pembroke, Massachusetts was the 2009 National Team Champion and the 2008 Individual National Champion. Of his place of the team, he says, It’s truly an honor representing Team USA in the greatest sport in the world and I couldn’t be happier with the talented, dedicated team we have. I’m looking forward to making the most of this adventure and remaining a presence in the spearfishing community as a competitor and promoter of the sport for many years to come.”
Sean Moreschi: The 24-year old from Charleston, Rhode Island has competed in two US National Championships and spends the winter months training and competing in Florida. After having traveled all over the world free diving and spearfishing, Moreschi says, “with over a decade of surreal experiences while diving, it is still my primary passion. Spearfishing is no longer a hobby for me. It is a way of life.”
John Modica: From Pomfret, Connecticut, Modica is the alternate for the 2010 USA Team. A competitor since his early teens, John has participated in two US National competitions. Of his passion for the sport, he says, “I didn’t consider taking competition to the next level until another local diver told my group that it would open opportunities to meet other divers, explore new waters, and gain recognition for our skills. A few months later we participated in and won the 2008 U.S. Spearfishing Nationals at Kings Beach, Newport, Rhode Island.”
About the World Spearfishing Championship: The Worlds are a 2-day championship where divers harvest fish for about 7 hours per day. Each day, the diving is done at a different location. Typically, 20-25 teams qualify to compete at the World Championships. And because too many teams want to participate at the Worlds, sometimes there are regional qualifiers for the World Championships per Continent. The America’s Qualifier is the Pan-American Spearfishing Championship lastly hosted at Isla Margarita, Venezuela in November 2009 for the 2010 Worlds.
The World Championships are boat-based meets and each team is allowed to have three divers hunting. The Championships are run somewhat like a mini-Olympics where there are opening ceremonies and a big closing banquet. It is not uncommon for thousands of people to attend the opening ceremony where each team has their own national uniform. At the opening event there is a parade of Nations where each country carries their nations’ flag.
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