The USA Women’s Spearfishing Team have begun a crowdfunding campaign to compete in the 2023 CMAS World Spearfishing Championships.
The championship will take place September 7-10, 2023 in Laredo, Spain. In the inaugural Women’s World Spearfishing Championships held in Portugal in 2018, the USA Women’s Team were Champions. At the second event held in Italy in 2021, the team took 2nd Place.
International spearfishing competitions are extremely costly and time-consuming. Divers spend up to a month in a foreign country preparing for the competition and expenses add up quickly. Currently, the team’s most significant limitation is its budget. While other countries’ teams have financial support from their governments, US divers must pay their own expenses, so help from the spearfishing community is essential.
The team is comprised of:
* Julie Higgs (2-time individual USA National Champion & 7-time IUSA World Record holder)
* Nicole Burko (2nd Place Women’s Team 2021 Worlds & 2-time IUSA World Record holder)
* Rosibel Molina (2018 Women’s Team World Champion, USA National Individual Champion, & 6-time Cuban National freedive Champion)
* Raina Pasatiempo (new, up-and-coming spearfishing prodigy from Hawaii who is the first native-born Hawaiian ever on the Team).
Scott Turgeon (former USA Men’s Team World competitor & USA Men’s Individual & Team National Champion) is Team Captain and is organizing the crowdfunding campaign.
Contributions (tax-deductible in the USA) can be made on the team’s gofundme page here.