Three of Malta’s top female weightlifters will be heading to Slovenia next week for a two week training camp with Slovenia’s national team coach, Damjan Canzek. Along with President of the Malta Weightlifting Association, Jesmond Caruana, athletes Yazmin Zammit Stevens, Elisia Scicluna and Shelby Mangion Vassallo are all currently preparing for international competitions in the near future, with the World University Games coming up first this August.

Zammit Stevens will be representing the University of Malta on the World Stage in Taipei at what will be her biggest competition yet. She is set to compete in the 63kg category on the 22nd of August against some of the World’s top athletes. Despite it being a very tough competition, she is aiming for big results in hopes of qualifying for next years Commonwealth Games in Australia. The training camp in Slovenia was especially planned prior to the World University Games to ensure Yazmin is in top shape for the competition.

The training camp will be a first for the youngest of the three athletes, 14 year old Shelby Mangion Vassallo, who will be preparing for the European Youth Championships that are to be held in Kosovo. The championships are of special importance as it is a qualification event for the Youth Olympic Games.

Elisia Scicluna, who has recently come back to competition after a minor operation in her knee, will also be benefitting from the training camp as part of her preparation towards the Mediterranean Cup to be held in Slovenia later on this year. Despite being fresh out of her recovering phase from injury, Scicluna has shown great determination and consistency in her lifts, lifting a solid total in her last national competition.

The athletes will be accompanied by the President of the Association and Malta’s national team coach, Jesmond Caruana, who will be attending a coaching weightlifting seminar prior to the training camp.

This incredible step forward in athlete preparation for international meets would not have been possible without the continuous help from the Malta Weightlifting Association, the Malta Olympic Committee and SportMalta.


Tlieta mill-aqwa atleti nisa ta ‘Malta se imorru s-Slovenja l-ġimgħa d-dieħla għal kamp ta’ taħriġ ta ‘ġimgħatejn mal-kowċ tat-tim nazzjonali Sloven, Damjan Canzek. Flimkien mal-President tal-Assosciation Malta Weightlifting, Jesmond Caruana, l-atleti Yazmin Zammit Stevens, Elisia Scicluna u Shelby Mangion Vassallo bħalissa qed jippreparaw għal kompetizzjonijiet internazzjonali fil-futur qarib, bl`ewwel kompetizzjoni tkun dik  l-logħob dinji Universitarju f’Awissu.

Zammit Stevens se jkun qed jirrappreżenta l-Università ta ‘Malta fl-Istadju Dinji ġewwa Taipei, liema se tkun l-ikbar kompetizzjoni tagħha s’issa. Hija ser tikkompeti fil-kategorija ta ’63kilo fit-22 ta’ Awwissu kontra  wħud mill-aqwa atleti tad-Dinja. Minkejja li din hija kompetizzjoni iebsa ħafna, qed timmira għal riżultati kbar fit-tamiet li jikkwalifikaw għal logħob tal-Commonwealth fl-Awstralja. Il-kamp ta ‘taħriġ fis-Slovenja kien ippjanat b’mod speċjali qabel il-logħob dinji Universitarju biex jiġi żgurat li Yazmin jinsab fl-aqwa forma għall-kompetizzjoni.

Il-kamp ta ‘taħriġ se jkun l-ewwel għall-iżgħar fost it-tliet atleti, Shelby Mangion Vassallo ta’ 14-il sena, li se jipprepara għall-Kampjonati Ewropej taż-Żgħażagħ li se jsiru fil-Kosovo. Il-kampjonati huma ta ‘importanza speċjali minħabba li huwa avveniment ta’ kwalifika għall-Logħob Olimpiku taż-Żgħażagħ.

Elisia Scicluna, li reċentement reġgħet lura għall-kompetizzjoni wara operazzjoni minuri fl-irkoppa tagħha, se tibbenefika wkoll mill-kamp ta ‘taħriġ bħala parti mill-preparazzjoni tagħha lejn it-Tazza Mediterran li se ssir fis-Slovenja aktar tard din is-sena. Minkejja li kienet għaddejja mill-fażi ta ‘rkupru tagħha , Scicluna wriet determinazzjoni u konsistenza kbira fil-refat tagħha, waqt li għamlet total tajjeb fl-aħħar kompetizzjoni nazzjonali tagħha.

L-atleti se jkunu akkumpanjati mill-President ta ‘l-Assoċjazzjoni u l-kowċ tat-tim nazzjonali ta’ Malta, Jesmond Caruana, li se jattendi seminar ta ‘weighting coaching qabel il-kamp ta’ taħriġ.

Dan il-pass inkredibbli ‘l quddiem fil-preparazzjoni ta’ l-atleti għal kompetizzjonijiet internazzjonali ma kienx ikun possibbli mingħajr l-għajnuna kontinwa mill-Għaqda Maltija tal-Weightlifting, il-Kumitat Olimpiku Malti u SportMalta.

Jesmond Caruana