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    Graham Borg & Hannah Pace crowned National Triathlon Champions

Graham Borg & Hannah Pace crowned National Triathlon Champions

Duo take honours take the honours at the Express Trailers Malta National Triathlon Championship 2017

The Malta Triathlon Federation held the 31st Edition of the Malta National Triathlon Championship on Sunday at the Salini Beach and along the Coast Road. Hannah Pace was confirmed National Champion from last year while it as Graham’s Borg first National Title in his career.

In total, just over 100 athletes participated in all the races which were held on the day.

The National Championship was raced on the Standard (Olympic) distance which saw the athletes swim 1.5KM, cycle 40KM and run 10KM.

In the female race, Hannah Pace was unrivalled as she led from start to finish. Pace, who was defending her 2016 title, clocked the best splits in all three segments and in both transitions. Pace went in front in the swim where she opened a 90 second gap which left little hope for her rivals so early in the race. Pace went on to wrap the championship in a total time of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 58 seconds. Margaret Seguna, current National Duathlon and Long Distance Triathlon Champion was second at more that 4 minutes behind the winner, while the third place went to Danica Bonello Spiteri, the nine-time National Title holder secured a spot on the lowest place on the podium.

In the male event, the race was uncertain segment. After the swim, it was Latvian Stanislavs Vaipans that exited the water, followed by Shaun Galea, Bernard Sant and Graham Borg. On the cycling segment, Shaun Galea lost a huge amount of time due to bike mechanical problem while it was Veteran David Galea who clocked the best cycling segment of the day, followed by Wayne Spiteri and German Holger [...]

By |October 10th, 2017|News, Triathlon Federation|Comments Off on Graham Borg & Hannah Pace crowned National Triathlon Champions|
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    Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards to take place on 7th December  

Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards to take place on 7th December  

The Maltese Olympic Committee (MOC) has announced that the sixteenth edition of the Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards will take place on Thursday 7th December at the Corinthia Palace Hotel.

The MOC Sports Awards will be bestowed upon athletes and teams who have distinguished themselves in major international competitions organised under the auspices of the International Federation of that sport or a recognised and reputable International Sport Organisation as well as games held under the MOC umbrella such as the Games of the Small States of Europe, European Youth Olympic Festival and the Youth Commonwealth Games.

Sporting Associations and Federation as well as Local Councils have been invited to submit nominations for achievements during the competition period 16th October 2016 and 15th October 2017.  Furthermore Associations and Federations are being encouraged to nominate athletes, coaches, officials and administrators who have, through their participation and service promoted and fostered the principles of Olympic ideals at various levels whilst respecting the Olympic charter for possible induction in the Hall of Fame.

Nominations are to be submitted for consideration by not later than Friday 3rd November.

The MOC Sports Awards will be televised live on TVM2.

By |October 10th, 2017|Events, News|Comments Off on Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards to take place on 7th December  |
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    34 Medals – 11 Gold, 11 Silver and 12 Bronze for Malta Karate Federation in Small States of Europe Karate Championships 2017 Andorra

34 Medals – 11 Gold, 11 Silver and 12 Bronze for Malta Karate Federation in Small States of Europe Karate Championships 2017 Andorra

33 athletes from the Malta Karate Federation participated in the 4th edition of The Small States of Europe Karate Championships which were held in Andorra on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 2017.
250 athletes from Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco and San Marino participated in this event. Success for Malta Team who placed 1st in the Individual Kata Categories, 2nd in Individual Kumite, 3rd in Team Kata and 4th in Team Kumite obtaining an overall 3rd place winning 11 Gold, 11 Silver and 12 Bronze.

Malta Team was accompanied by Ms Audrey Zammit as Head of Delegation, Technical Director Sensei James, Technical Co-ordinator Sensei Jesmond Zammit,  National Coaches Kata Sensei Joe Tanti and Sensei Michelle Vella, National Coaches Kumite Sensei Josef Antonelli and Sensei Joseph Mizzi.

MKF Chief Referee Sensei Anthony Zammit 6th Dan and Sensei Frank Vella formed part of referees panel for these championships.

‘It is encouraging to see this consistency in results achieved abroad by MKF.  We look forward to our next event, where we will host Maestro Santo Torre 8th Dan during our training seminar on Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October as part of our ongoing training program.’ These were the comments of MKF Technical Director Sensei James Galea.

By |October 6th, 2017|Karate Federation, News|Comments Off on 34 Medals – 11 Gold, 11 Silver and 12 Bronze for Malta Karate Federation in Small States of Europe Karate Championships 2017 Andorra|

Basketball 3×3 set to take Malta by Storm

Maltese Olympic Committee on a drive to grow this sport

The Maltese Olympic Committee, under the  Olympic Solidarity Sports for All umbrella will be launching the first activity, in a series of many, involving 3 x 3 Basketball.

3×3 Basketball is a new initiative by FIBA help make basketball a more versatile sport and is a form of basketball played three a side on one hoop. 3×3 Basketball consists of two events in the tournament; one for men and another for women. Each team has 4 players (3 on court, 1 bench).

David Azzopardi, Chair of the Sports for all Commission explained that the first event will take place this weekend, Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October in Freedom Square in Valletta and participation is open to all.  Courts will be available from 10:00hrs on Saturday and 14:00hrs on Sunday.

In order to keep as much of a level playing field as possible allocated times have been set for school-aged children and wheelchair basketball. National League finals will also be held at the times listed below.

School Children
Saturday / Sunday
15:00hrs – 19:00hrs

Wheel Chair Basketball
Saturday / Sunday
12:00hrs – 19:00hrs

National League Finals
Saturday
15:30hrs – 22:00hrs

Sunday
15:00hrs – 20:00hrs

Those taking part will also be encouraged to practice wheelchair basketball and participating children and youths will be presented with a small memento.

“We are particularly thrilled with the inclusion of wheelchair basketball in the programme further strengthens our efforts to promote a sport for all mind-set in Malta”. – David Azzopardi.

“The 3×3 concept has all the elements and skills required for the sport but is one of the easiest and most effective ways to bring young people into the sport. The flexibility that 3×3 basketball has enables us [...]

By |September 26th, 2017|Basketball Association, News|Comments Off on Basketball 3×3 set to take Malta by Storm|
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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|

Maltese Olympic Committee honours 2017 GSSE Medal Winners

The Maltese Olympic Committee hosted an awards evening to honour medal winning athletes at the 2017 Games of the Small States of Europe in San Marino in June.  In total, Malta’s athletes brought home twenty-nine medals – four gold, nine silver and sixteen bronze.

Attending the evening were athletes forming part of the Maltese Contingent, Maltese Olympic Committee Executive Board members, the Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations Dr. Clifton Grima as well as members of the media.

GSSE Chef de Mission William Beck welcomed those present and gave a recap of Malta’s participation in the games where eighty-eight athletes took part in all twelve disciplines – Archery, Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volley, Boules (Raffa), Cycling, Judo, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.

In a brief address, Hon. Dr. Grima said “We are very proud and grateful towards you since you are the people who give their 100% when representing your country. You are the persons who should feel proud and privileged whenever you are representing our country. You are the elite of Maltese sport and  Malta’s the best local talent.”  The Parliamentary Secretary stated that as an athlete, one has to set an example all year round to those who are younger in age, who look up to athletes as role models. Currently the Secretariat has started working on educational campaigns aiming to bring young people closer to various sport disciplines.

Prior to the presentation of bonuses to the medal winners, MOC President Julian Pace Bonello thanked athletes, families, coaches, national federations, Government, Sport Malta, sponsors and the media for supporting the Committees work. Pace Bonello pledged the commitment of the MOC towards providing athletes the best possible opportunities to develop themselves in their field and [...]

By |August 31st, 2017|News|Comments Off on Maltese Olympic Committee honours 2017 GSSE Medal Winners|
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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.

Malta-Gozo-Malta

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|

More success for Maltese Youth Bowlers

 The 2nd English Red Rose Open

A group of five Maltese youth bowlers competed successfully in the Second English Red Rose Open Tournament held at GoBowling Centre in Dunstable.  Bowlers from England, France, Denmark and the Netherlands took part.

Matthew Magro and Sara Xuereb both gave an excellent performance in the Under 16 Mixed category which consisted of 48 entries. In the  qualifying round Matthew placed in 2nd place with a 1234 series, while Sara qualified in 4th place with a 1169 series, and both qualified for the finals.

In the quarter-finals Matthew faced and defeated Dutch player Kim Ter Bruggen 2-1. Sara played against Danish Anna Djunsing and that match also ended in a 2-1 score in Sara’s favour. In the semi-finals they managed to avoid each other raising hopes for an all-Maltese final.

The hope for an all-Maltese final faded away after closely fought games. Matthew and Sara both finished in a joint-third position awarded on the podium.

In the Under-19 category, Raquel Xuereb placed in sixth place in the qualifying round and progressed to the quarter-finals, playing her personal best 6 games series, 194 average. She then lost to England Jake Edward’s, ending in 7th place overall but placing 1st amongst Under 19 female bowlers to win her category.

Kurt Attard participated in the Under 19 category whilst  Daniel Magro was the only Maltese to participate in the Under 25 category. Both players registered a strong average of 189 and 190 respectively but fell short of qualification.

The English Red Rose Open is part of the Youth Euro Tour (Y.E.T) rankings. England was the first stop for this season’s tour.  Currently Sara and Raquel Xuereb are 1st in the female U16 and Under 19 rankings, respectively, while Matthew [...]

By |August 25th, 2017|News|Comments Off on More success for Maltese Youth Bowlers|

NAZZARENO ATTARD WINS ALL MALTA TRAP TROPHY

Nazzareno Attard won The All Malta Trap Trophy organized by The Malta Shooting Sport Federation at Bidnija this weekend. This event was on 125 clays trap, with the top six shooters to qualify for the final stages. Remarkable scores of 120/125 by Brian Galea and 116/125 by Jason J Aquilina were recorded in the qualification rounds.

 

Attard Nazzareno
1st
108/125
 18-23-28-33-40

Vella Stephen
2nd
 109/125
 18-23-28-29-38

Carabott Nicky
3rd
 110/125
 18-23-26-28

Attard Noel
4th
 112/125
 17-21-24

Aquilina Jason John
5th
 116/125
 13-16

Galea Brian
6th
 120/125
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Class A

Brian Galea
1st
 120/125

Jason J. Aquilina
2nd
 116/125

Noel Attard
3rd
 112/125

Class B

Carmel Mallia
1st
104/125

Chris Vella
2nd
101/125

Angelo Ciappara
3rd
98/125

Class C

John Marmara
1st
107/125

Mario Gauci
2nd
98/125

Carmel Grech
3rd
96/50

 

In the meantime a contingent of Maltese Junior shooters, this week are competing in The ISSF Junior World Cup Shotgun TAV Porpetto in Italy. Marcello and Marlon Attard will be competing in Skeet. Mikaela Galea, Mariah Busuttil and Emanuel Cachia Simpson will be competing in trap and are being assisted by Dr.James Galea. Gianluca Chetcuti will be competing in Double Trap and will be assisted by Jimmy Bugeja. This was the first time that MSSF was represented by female junior shooters in an ISSF event.

Next week trap shooters, Brian Galea, Frans Pace and Nicky Carabott will fly to Moscow for The ISSF World Championships 2017.

MSSF PRO

Edwin Vella

By |August 23rd, 2017|News|Comments Off on NAZZARENO ATTARD WINS ALL MALTA TRAP TROPHY|