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    Over one hundred Athletes honoured at the Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards

Over one hundred Athletes honoured at the Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards

The Maltese Olympic Committee hosted the sixteenth edition of the annual Sports Awards on Thursday 7th December at the Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard.

Throughout the evening, sporting accomplishments in the international arena, achieved by over one hundred athletes, representing twenty two affiliated Federations were acknowledged.

Following a careful vetting process of their achievements athletes were presented with one of the five award categories given out on the evening – Special, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
 “The Maltese Olympic Committee firmly believes in rewarding athletes who have made significant contributions in their field – not just by producing strong results on an international scene but also who through their behaviour inspire other athletes to work hard and achieve their goals” remarked Julian Pace Bonello, President of the Maltese Olympic Committee.
The evening also saw Antonio Briguglio and Ġuzi Grech being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Antonio Briguglio has for the past fifty years contributed to a number of sporting federations in various roles which included refereeing, administration and media relations. Former Billiards and Snooker world champion Ġuzi Grech, was one of the very few players who took part in both snooker and billiards competitions and achieving high levels results in the process.

A number of Local Councils were also recognised for their efforts in promoting sports within their respective localities.

The MOC Sports Awards this year also unveiled a new trophy. The trophy, designed and manufactured by Joe Galea of Heritage Homes combines Maltese materials and history. The shape evolves from the form of a neolithic fossil, whilst prominently displaying the Maltese cross, which is a significant part of the MOC logo.

“The Organising Committee has worked hard to ensure that our athletes get the recognition they deserve for their commitment to their chosen sport. We understand and [...]

By |December 8th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Over one hundred Athletes honoured at the Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards|
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    Camilleri Kyle wins ASMK Motocross, Micallef Farrugia win the ASMK Autocross

Camilleri Kyle wins ASMK Motocross, Micallef Farrugia win the ASMK Autocross

On Sunday 26th November ASMK organized the second program of the Honda Motocross National Championship 2017/2018 and the same day there was the second race of the Autocross Cars running in the ASMK Pasta Poiatti 2017 / 2018 National Autocross Championship. On this day 45 competitors registered for these events. Yet the day started at 10: 00am where Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr Mark Mallia Poles in the Association complex. This is said in memory of former deceased ASMK members.

Meanwhile, the day began with Motocross racing in their qualifying. Kyle Camilleri riding a KTM dominated his Class A while being followed by Stefan Dimech on a Honda motorcycle and by Paul Muscat on a KTM in third place.

During the qualification of class B James Zahra on Sherco registered his best time ahead of Bernard Sammut on Beta. In Veterans qualifying runs Jethro Sant was the leader on his Yamaha followed by William Sant on a Honda.

During the Class A Heat we saw Camilleri brothers Kyle and Clayton both riding on KTM bikes to register a win each. Clayton won the first Heat while Kyle won the last Heat thus Kyle closed the day on the podium in first place and registered the second win of the season. Clayton followed his brother in second place. The Camilleri brothers were followed by Stefan Dimech on Honda and fourth placed finisher David Dimech also on a Honda.

In Class B James Zahra continued to dominate by registering two wins of both Heats and he too registered a second Class win of this season. Zahra was followed by Brandon Slowe on a Honda and by Arthur Micallef on a KTM.

In the Veterans Class Paul Deguara was seen to [...]

By |November 30th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Camilleri Kyle wins ASMK Motocross, Micallef Farrugia win the ASMK Autocross|

Malta weightlifting National Championship

The annual Weightlifting National Championships are set to take place this Sunday with a full list of athletes participating. From Malta’s youngest champions, to the veterans, the meet promises an impressive show for all who will join to support the athletes.

The event will start at 10am this Sunday 3rd December with the Men group B, followed by Women Final and Men Final respectively. The Malta Weightlifting Association invites the public to join this coming Sunday at the Cottonera sport complex, in showing the support for these athletes. Entrance is free of charge.

 

Il-Kampjonati Nazzjonali tal-Weightlifting  huma mistennija li jsiru dan il-Ħadd b’lista kbira ta’ atleti li ser jipparteċipaw. Atleti żagħar ta 11 il-sena sa adulti fost l-aqwa  ta ‘Malta, għall-laqgħa ta wirja impressjonanti għal dawk kollha li se jingħaqdu biex jappoġġjaw lill-atleti.

L-avveniment se jibda fl-10 ta ‘filgħodu il-Ħadd li ġej 3 ta’ Diċembru bl-irġiel Grupp B, segwit minn Nisa Finali u Irġiel Finali rispettivament. L-Assoċjazzjoni tal Weightlifting  ta’ Malta tistieden lill-pubbliku biex jattendi f’dan il-Ħadd li ġej fil-kumpless sportiv tal-Kottonera biex jaghti sapport mistħoqq lil dawn l-atleti. Dħul huwa mingħajr ħlas

Jesmond Caruana

 

By |November 30th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Malta weightlifting National Championship|
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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 [...]

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