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    The Queen’s Baton Relay to arrive in Malta on Thursday 21st September

The Queen’s Baton Relay to arrive in Malta on Thursday 21st September

The Maltese Olympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Association of Malta, with the collaboration of the Australian High Commission, will be hosting a number of activities to welcome the arrival of the Queen’s Baton in Malta, which will take place on the 21St September at 20:20hrs.  The Baton will be arriving from Gibraltar.

“We are delighted to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay in Malta on its 388-day journey.  We are even further delighted to make Queen’s Baton Relay accessible not only to sporting entities but also the general public.  This visit can only help raise awareness of these Games and the role Malta plays within the Commonwealth” enthused Julian Pace Bonello, President of the Maltese Olympic Committee.

Throughout its stay the Baton will be hosted by a number of local councils and sporting entities who have organised a number of activities to showcase the Baton to their respective communities. Each community will be fielding a number of Baton bearer which include Maltese national team athletes as well as personalities which are considered stalwarts of their community.

“We are particularly grateful for the support, enthusiasm and full collaboration that the Australian High Commission has put in towards this visit. Furthermore, it was an excellent opportunity for the Maltese Olympic Committee to reach out and work even more closely with local councils” explained Mr. Joseph Cassar, Secretary General of the Maltese Olympic Committee.

Malta will be the 48th country of the 71 to be visited by the Baton.

The Commonwealth Games will be held in Gold Coast Australia in April 2018 and Malta will aim to participate with a contingent of approximately 22 athletes in Athletics, Aquatic Swimming, Cycling, Squash, Weightlifting, Shooting, Gymnastics, Wrestling and Lawn Bowls.

Malta’s participation in the Commonwealth Games [...]

By |September 20th, 2017|Events, News|Comments Off on The Queen’s Baton Relay to arrive in Malta on Thursday 21st September|

National Sprint Triathlon Championships

Hannah Pace retains title, Graham Borg seals first championship win

Serving as the National Sprint Triathlon Championships, the third race of the Birkirkara St. Joseph Sprint Series saw existing Sprint Triathlon Champion Hannah Pace retain her crown and Graham Borg seal his first championship title of his career.

Pace’s start to the race saw her exit the water in seventh place overall, three seconds behind Margaret Seguna. Pace however took the lead immediately from transition to lead the female pack on the 20km, windy bike course, gaining a full three minute lead over Seguna. Pa

ce maintained  a comfortable lead throughout the 5km run to retain the National  Sprint Triathlon title in a time of 1 hour 7 minutes 41 seconds.  Seguna, nevertheless fought on to take second place well ahead of third placed Lara Buttigieg. Seguna finished the course in 1 hour 12 minutes 2 seconds.

 

Though favourite contenders for a podium place were Graham Borg, Shaun Galea and Neil Markham, it was Latvian athlete Stanislas Vaipans who led the pack in the swim, thus the race for the title was still relatively open after the 750m course.  In the bike segment an impressive performance by Wayne Spiteri, claiming fastest bike split after having exited the water in 18th place.  Second fastest cyclist was Nicholas Micallef who was followed by Graham Borg. Ultimately it was Borg who produced a fine run to take his first ever championship title in a time of 1 hour 1 minute and 42 seconds. Wayne Spiteri followed in second place with a time of 1:03:56. Shaun Galea, recently crowned aquathlon champion had to settle for third place in a time of 1:04:43.

Trophies were presented to the winners by Mr. Cyprian Dalli, President [...]

By |September 12th, 2017|Events, News, Triathlon Federation|Comments Off on National Sprint Triathlon Championships|
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    Strong Currents and swells bring out strong performances at Birkirkara St. Joseph Garmin Open Water Swimming Competitions

Strong Currents and swells bring out strong performances at Birkirkara St. Joseph Garmin Open Water Swimming Competitions

The seemingly good weather conditions belied the strong currents, particularly in the North Comino Channel and swells that 132 swimmers, undertaking the Birkirkara St. Joseph Garmin Malta – Gozo – Malta and Gozo-Malta Open Water Swim Race, had to contend with on race day.

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The 11km race saw fourteen swimmers starting at the crack of dawn from Marfa Beach, where they proceeded towards Comino onto Gozo before heading back through the North Comino Channel.  The only surprises in the final results where the massive improvements registered by winners of the Race, Andrew Sultana and Sarah Demicoli.

Sultana, won the 2017 edition in a time of 2:41:09. This was the Open Water Swimming National Team athlete second foray in this distance.  “This is the second time I competed in this distance.  The north westerly force 3-4 wind did not seem too daunting, it was a tough race especially at the beginning when we were heading towards Gozo.  Eventually the sea conditions improved and the return to Marfa was a steady consistent pace. I am definitely pleased with my result, not only because of the win but also due to the massive improvement of eighteen minutes from the time registered last year”.

Whilst there was little doubt that Sarah Demicoli would retain the title she won in 2016, it is worth noting that the Open Water Swimming National Team athlete beat her 2016 time by fourteen minutes. Demicoli finished the race in 2:44:31.

“Today’s race was my second over such a distance. Whilst the sea wasn’t as rough as last year, it felt more challenging especially around Comino where it was very choppy, making it hard to find a rhythm with your stroke work. Nevertheless, training and hard work [...]

By |August 30th, 2017|Aquatic Association, Events, News|Comments Off on Strong Currents and swells bring out strong performances at Birkirkara St. Joseph Garmin Open Water Swimming Competitions|
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    Maltese contingent set to compete at the Commonwealth Youth Games

Maltese contingent set to compete at the Commonwealth Youth Games

The Bahamas to welcome over 1,300 athletes aged 14 -1 8

The Maltese contingent chosen to compete in the forthcoming Commonwealth Youth Games left for the Bahamas on Monday Morning.  The Commonwealth Youth Games will take place between the 18th and 23rd July and Malta will be fielding five Maltese athletes in Athletics and Swimming.

Malta will be part of the 70 nations and territories representing the Commonwealth and Team Malta will be joining over 1,300 athletes in what is being billed as the largest ever edition of such Games.

The first athletes to start competing will be the swimming team, made up of – Kristina Fino (50m, 100m Freestyle, 50m, 100m Butterfly), Francesca Falzon Young (50m, 100m, 200m Freestyle) and Thomas Wareing (200m – Backstroke, Freestyle, Individual Medley, 400m Individual Medley). Falzon Young and Wareing have also represented Malta in the Games of the Small States of Europe in San Marino, with Wareing securing a Bronze Medal in the 4x100m Medley.

Competitions will start on Wednesday 19th July and will take place at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex

In Athletics, it will be the promising duo Nassim Dardouri and Jacob Elaida Chaffey turn to fly the Maltese flag.  Dardouri will be competing in the 100m, 200m and 400m whilst Chaffey will be competing in the 200m. Heats will start on Thursday 20th July at the newly launched Thomas A. Robinson Stadium

Chef de Mission duties will be undertaken by Paul Sultana, Director of the Maltese Olympic Committee,  who will be assisted by Team Official Isabelle Zarb, whilst the flag bearer will be Francesca Falzon Young

The Maltese contingent will return to Malta on the 25th July.

By |July 17th, 2017|Events, News|Comments Off on Maltese contingent set to compete at the Commonwealth Youth Games|

2017 Olympic Day Run in pictures

Celebrating the Olympic Movement, the annual Olympic Day Run welcomed a good number of athletes of different ages and abilities for a run along the St. Julian’s, Sliema, Gzira sea front. The Olympic Day Run is not a race but a celebration of sport!

The Maltese Olympic Committee thanks all the entities involved in the organisation of the 2017 Olympic Day Run.

Photo Credit: Alfred Farrugia

By |June 19th, 2017|Events, News|Comments Off on 2017 Olympic Day Run in pictures|