Former water polo player and swimmer Chris Dowling has passed away, aged 78, his family said. Let’s see more details about chris Dowling and his cause of death in detail.
Who was Christopher Dowling ?
Christopher Dowling is a former swimmer from Malta, was born on June 15, 1944, in Sliema. At the Summer Olympics in 1960, he took part in the men’s 100-meter freestyle competition.
Dowling participated in a variety of sports during his time in school, but his best sports for Malta were water polo and swimming. He was only sixteen years old when he was chosen to represent Malta at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Dowling competed in the men’s 100-meter freestyle. After that his time in the preliminary heats was the slowest of all 52 swimmers.
Dowling gained notoriety in the sport of water polo as well. He primarily competed with Balluta WPC, and in 1963 he represented his nation at the Mediterranean Games in Naples, Italy.
He stopped playing in 1973 after setting several 100-meter swimming records, winning five league championships, and five national cups.
Dowling graduated from St. Michael’s Teacher Training College in 1974. He went on to become a teacher, and even though he is currently retired, he continues to provide private instruction.
Not only Christopher but also his father Jimmy, and his uncles Buddy and Ralph Dowling all participated in water polo with Valletta United W.P.C
Christopher Dowling’s Career Journey in 1960
At the age of 16, Christ Dowling represented Malta at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. He had competed in the 100-meter freestyle and carried the Maltese flag during the opening ceremony.
He had also competed in the 1963 Mediterranean Games in Naples. With Alfred Griscti, he formed the water polo team known as the Terrible Twins for Balluta WPC, now known as San Giljan. He retired in 1973.
He was a teacher by profession. Now that he is retired, he still gives private lessons. He is also being encouraged to enter politics in the forthcoming general election under the Malta Labour Party flag.
He enjoys reading, sleeping, socializing with tourists and Maltese, teaching foreign languages – though against remuneration, keeping in contact with old friends, swimming, befriending people from all walks of life, traveling, and playing backgammon with his wife.
Christopher was proud to Represent Malta
Apart from “Budgy” Dowling in the Valletta team, there was also Ralph, another uncle. His brothers, the late Paul, John, and James were all good swimmers while among his most renowned cousins were “Budgy”’s three sons, Dirk, Kim, and Kurt who played for the great Valletta team of the 1970s as well as Dennis who played for Sliema.
Christopher said that he had been lured to Balluta WPC by the late Guzi Tanti. “At Balluta we had another great coach in Carm Borg. “Tanti had picked me up while I played at the old St Julian’s pitch. With Balluta I went on to win four championship titles and four cups between 1962 and 1966. Freddie Griscti and I formed a good combination referred to by the late Robbie De Cesare of The Times of Malta those days as ‘The Terrible Twins’.”
Christopher is also proud that he had been selected to represent Malta on two distinct occasions. “The first was in 1960 at the Rome Olympic Games, though without much success as the standards were much higher. Three years later, I was also selected to play for Malta’s water polo team at the Naples Mediterranean Games,” he added.
Honors: Chris Dowling
He won five league championships and five cups, four of each with Balluta, which was always his favorite team. One which eluded him was the Player of the Year award.
Pastimes: He enjoys reading, sleeping, socializing with tourists and Maltese, teaching foreign languages – though against remuneration, keeping in contact with old friends, swimming, befriending people from all walks of life, traveling, and playing backgammon with his wife.
Family: Christopher is married to Fiona née Mories. He is a member of the famous sporting Dowling family. He is the son of Jimmy Dowling and nephew of the famous “Budgy” Dowling and Ralph, both former players of Valletta United WPC. The late Paul, John, and James were his brothers, while well-known players Dirk, Kim, and Kurt as well as Dennis are all his cousins.
Dowling Cause of death
A Maltese Olympic swimmer died on Wednesday, December 21st, 2022. He died at the age of 78. His Family member announced the demise of the Maltese player on Social Media. No further information was posted as of now.
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