Arthur Podesta (athlete)

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Arthur Podesta was an exceptionally well-known figure in waterpolo, swimming and sailing circuits.

Born on 27 December 1928, Podesta was the winner of many honours and protagonist of countless local sporting contests as the ever faithful Neptunes stalwart.

He will perhaps be best remembered as a member of Malta's waterpolo team during the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. He was the last surviving member of that squad, which also included his brother Wilfred. During that Olympics Malta played Britain (2-8), gold-medalists Hungary (0-12) and Yugoslavia (0-7).

Podesta was one of the athletes who carried the flag during the opening ceremony of the Games for the Small States of Europe at the Ta' Qali National Stadium in 2003. He was known to those closest to him as "Babsie".

He died on 6 June 2004 at the age of 76.