Dr. George Abela
dr. george abeal Born in Qormi. Dr. George Abela was educated at the Lyceum at the Malta University when he graduated as notary public in 1974 and lawyer in 1975.  In 1974 he started his connections with Qormi FC as Club Treasurer and was appointed President in 1976.  During his presidency the team was promoted to the first division.  In 1982 he contested successfully the post of President of the Malta Football Association (MFA) a post which he occupied up to 1992. During his presidency the MFA went through an administrative revolution with football moving from the Gzira stadium to the stadium at Ta’ Qali; as well as he was instrumental in launching the first ever professional scheme for football players.
Peter Bonello
Peter Bonello Passionate about windsurfing when he started in 1979 from Xemxija, Peter quickly established himself as one of the best on the national level and within a year embarked onto the international stage where he participated in European and world championships.  Over the years that followed, Peter establishedMalta as a force to reckon with amongst top contenders in this growing sport, regularly placing in the top ten in prestigious regattas that attracted hundreds from all corners of the world.  As a result he was voted as Malta’s Sportsman of the year for three consecutive years between 1982 and 1984.  Amongst his many international results, the more notable include a fifth and eight placing in the highly competitive 1981 and 1983 European championships (the latter featuring over 100 starters at each race), a world University championship title in 1983, and his 9th placing at the ‘84 Olympics, the best placing ever obtained by a Maltese athlete at any Olympics at the time.  He was honored in 1996 when the MOC awarded Peter the IOC’s Centennial Award. Though not as aggressively as in his youth, Peter continues to participate regularly in this sport in the United States where he currently resides, establishing himself as the 2004 Prodigy US National Champion; winner of the 2007 Cabrillo Beach Race, the biggest windsurfing event in the Los Angeles area that attracted 67 competitors, and most recently winner of the 2007 San Diego Windsurfing Association Series
Louis Borg
Louis Borg For about 30 years Louis Borg served the Malta Olympic Committee in various capacities.  These included duties as Vice President, Technical Sports Director and for 12 years, Director of the Academy.  He also participated in various activities and many projects of the MOC both in the local field as well as abroad.  He was appointed Chef de Mission for Mediterranean Games in Athensin 1991 and also for the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992.  He acted as Sports Director for the first Games of the Small States of Europe in Malta in 1993 and also for the European Youth Olympic Festival in Lisbon in 1997.  In 1999, Louis Borg was awarded the Trophy for ‘Sport through Education’ by the International Olympic Committee.  He was instrumental in establishing the Maltese Olympic Sports Awards after chairing on a number of occasions the Sportivi Nazzjonali tas-Sena, which was organized together with the Ghaqda Kittieba Sports.  Louis Borg had the honour of experiencing the charms of Olympia a number of times as he was invited a few times to lecture during the International Directors’ Seminars.  The Malta Olympic Academy also worked on two publications ‘Olympia Adventure’ and ‘History of the Local Sports Associations’. His career in the administration of Sport in Malta is well-known also included being the Head of the Department of Physical Education, University of Malta, Chairman of the SEC Board of PE, Founder of the Academy of Physical Education of the University ofMalta.  He was elected as President of the Malta Basketball Association in 1970, serving for 30 years. He has served on FIBA boards and introduced the Promotion Cup for small countries and FISEC (International Federation of Sports for Schoolboys) inMalta.  He has been director of three editions of the FISEC Games and is the present Vice President of the International FISEC Bureau.  He is the current and first President of the Malta Handball Association.  He was awarded two times Official of the Year in 1973 and again in 1987.
Joe Cilia
joseph Cilia 2007-11-27 001 A Footballer and a Coach. Born in Rabat on the 22nd of October 1937, Joe Cilia’s natural talent and passion as a footballer was evident from when he first kicked a ball. He quickly climbed the ranks and by the time he was nineteen, he was the youngest player in the now legendary team which played Malta’s first international against mighty Austria. An automatic choice for the Malta XI, and Malta captain from 1959 to 1964, and captain for all the other teams he played with, he is now considered to be one of the greatest center-halves Malta has ever witnessed. His consistency, courage, composure and cunning made him much loved by his supporters, and respected by his opposition. With Valletta F.C. he won all the titles on offer. He played blinders against foreign teams, helping Malta XI gain very good results. He was the first player to win the coveted Footballer of the Year twice. He also held records including playing 49 competitive games in one season and another for playing every game except one, for nine consecutive seasons between 1955 and 1964. He played and coached in Australia between 1964 and 1971 where he won the Footballer of the Year title again. He hung his playing boots in 1976. Having performed the Player-coach role since 1961, he could now dedicate more time exclusively to coaching. He coached most of the top flight teams where he won the League title first with Valletta, and then all the honours available with his first love Rabat F.C. for two consecutive seasons. He also coached the Malta U/21 gaining two wins out of three games. His only regret was that he was never given the chance to coach the senior Malta National Team. He won the Westin Dragonara Award in 2003 and Gieh ir-Rabat in 2004 in appreciation for his 48 years of continuous contribution to his only passion, which is football.
Bertie Muscat
Muscat Bertie Educated at the seminary. Bertie Muscat joined the civil service where he held the post of administrative officer in the treasury department. He commenced his career in sports playing waterpolo at national level in addition to representing Malta in Swimming at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games Cardiff 1958. Bertie is best known for his invaluable services as a sport administrator. He was Hon. Secretary of European Waterpolo Committee from 1990 to 2004 and as member of this committee from 1981 to 1989. He was founder member of the Games of the Small States of Europe and Hon Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Games of Small States of Europe from 1993 – 2002. He held the post of President and General Secretary of the ASA of Malta. He also held various positions with the Malta Olympic Committee including General Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President, and Deputy-President over a period of 40 years. He also contributed as a sports administration for various other associations at national level including the Malta Amateur Football Association and the Regatta and Swimming Commissions. He also served as member of the Executive Committee of the Committee for the Development of Sports (commonly known as CDDS) of the Council of Europe for two years from 2005-2006. During his sports administrative career he took part in various international sport conferences. He led Malta Olympic contingents at the Commonwealth Games, Mediterranean Games, Games of the Small States of Europe and at the Olympic Games. He is the only Maltese to be honoured with the Olympic order. He was conferred the national order of merit in 1993. He is a recipient of the IOC Centennial Trophy during the International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal (1994), LEN Golden Pin (2000) and was awarded two times Official of the Year at the first edition in 1972 and again in 1976.
Benny Pace
benny pace Born on September 27, 1936 and educated at St. Aloysius College. With over 50 years of service to local sports, distinguishing his self as a sports administrator and a specialized sports journalist. He is Malta’ foremost researcher on Malta Sports (local and international spheres), has traveled extensively as an administrator and journalist on the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the Mediterranean Games and other international events. He is founder of the National Sporting Contest: Sportsman, Sportswoman and Official of the Year. He is a founder-member of the Ghaqda Kittieba Sports. He was awarded a Maltese Journalism Award in 2007. In the field of sports administration he was also founder and President of the Malta Basketball Association in 1964, Malta Darts Association and the Malta Football National Team Supporters Club. He held a number of positions with various sporting entities which included being the President of the Malta Billiards & Snooker Association and the Valletta Waterpolo Club. He was at a time Secretary for the Malta Boxing Association, the Maltese Olympic Committee, the Valletta Football Club and Treasurer of the Pentathlon Club. As a sports journalist he was involved in the following publications: Soccer Magazine, The Sporting Star, Sports Annual, Football Annual, In-Nazzjon Taghna, Il-Mument and several official sports brochures. He was a sports commentator for Radio MAS and Radio Calypso and was the presenter for the TV series ‘The Story of Maltese Sport’ (TVM).