VLK Cresa Medal Rain at the 17th FINA Masters World Championships
Our colleagues are not only masters of the real estate market, but have a great talent for water sports as well. Our market experts performed fabulously at the recently ending 17th FINA Master World Championships swimming events and water polo games. Managing Director, Valter Kalaus reached stunning results in the 45-49 age group, collecting 7 medals and new records. Senior Project Manager, Miklós Tóth-Deme finished in 4th place in the 40+ category with his water polo team, Oázis SC.
Valter Kalaus decided just one year ago to enter the FINA Masters Championships’ swimming events, recently organized in Budapest. The Seoul Olympics participant and former junior European champion prepared for the games with steadfast determination, which brought incredible results: he collected seven medals from all seven events. Kalaus performed with such skillful ease, reaching records – 100 m freestyle world record, 200 m and 400 m national record – even the younger age groups would long for. The Budapest Honvéd Swimming Club’s swimmer stepped on the podium 6 times altogether with 3 gold medals (100 m, 200 m, 400 m – all freestyle), and 3 silver medals (3 km open water, 800 m freestyle, 4×50 m mix freestyle). He also reached an outstanding 4th place in the 4×50 m mix medley with his team.
„To be honest, it wasn’t easy to balance my nearly one-year preparation with family and work, but now that the Masters events have ended with such success, I can surely say that it was well worth it. My goal was to step on the podium in all individual events, and I managed to achieve this to the maximum. I am very satisfied, and I am very grateful to everyone who helped in my preparation this past year” – said Kalaus about his participation.
Miklós Tóth-Deme, and his team, Oázis SC gave a brilliant performance at the water polo games. After tireless clashes with top teams, they reached 4th place advancing from the group to the best 8, then to the best 4. The semi finals match was against Millennium, the multi-talented former Hungarian Olympic team. Although Oázis SC lost the game, they reached the closest results. Later, Millennium succeeded to become the world champion team in the 40+ age group. Oázis SC’s 4th place is considered a very strong result among such world-class water polo teams. Tóth-Deme, as playmaker, practically played through all the games, supporting his team with very useful passes and important goals.
„Besides being about sports, achieving results and promoting health, the Masters events are also about experiencing the respect and bond among athletes. That’s what we felt during the Budapest Championships, and it was a wonderful experience. Not only because we were able to score great results in front of a home crowd and we got the chance to play against Millennium, but also because the Championships were very well organized. While I am pleased with our team’s preparation, our game and my own performance, we know that there is no stopping in improving ourselves to higher levels” – added Tóth-Deme.