Over the past weekend, 45 weightlifters from 6 clubs battled it out in the Malta Weightlifting Club Competition & ZKC International. The event saw some of Malta’s most promising Weightlifters including Yazmin Zammit Stevens who will be competing in this years University Games in Taipei this August, and Kieran Mifsud who is also preparing for another major international competition, the Commonwealth Championships in Australia this September.

Alpha WL club dominated the event having the largest amount of athletes with the majority of them ranking at the top of their group. The cadets kicked the day off with an exciting showing. First time competitor, Tenishia Thornton (Alpha WL Club), in the category for cadets competing on Sunday, managed to fight it out with the boys lifting an impressive total of 50kg and set 3 national records. Young, but persistent Rylee Borg (Alpha WL Club) showed that he is more than just an experienced weightlifter with a confident performance, breaking his own previous national records and finishing with a total of 76kg.

The women’s group saw the return of national team athlete, Elisia Scicluna, who was back for her first competition since having knee surgery last May. Elisa Scicluna represented the Alpha WL Club and managed a respectable 148kg total. Yasmin Zammit Stevens of Northern Strength WL Club had her best performance to date breaking a total of 4 national records. She managed a 79kg snatch and a solid 97kg clean and jerk on her second attempt. Zammit Stevens attempted 100kg on her third and final attempt of the clean and jerk, and while being successful on the clean part of the lift, closely missed out on the jerk.

Other impressive results came from Junior weightlifter, Rebecca Fitz (representing DEGREE + um), who successfully lifted a total of 119kg and even managed national records in the process.

The men’s group saw 20 athletes lifting on Sunday. Alpha WL Club’s Kieran Mifsud dominated the group with an easy total finish of 275kg. His total sinclair of 300.23 points was a clear 19 points ahead of second place athlete Matthew Camilleri from Northern Strength Weightlifting. Rodmar Pulis (Alpha WL Club) surprised spectators with a great performance, finishing in third place overall in the men’s group.

Overall, Alpha WL Club finished on top with a whopping total of 3727.48 points, followed by Northern Strength Weightlifting Club with 1497.80 points. Crossfit 356 finished in third place with 1239.20 points.Degree + UM, The Garage & Tritones SC followed respectively.


Matul il-ġimgħa li għaddiet, 45 atleta tal weightlifting minn 6 klabbs ħadu sehem fil-kompetizzjoni għal l-aqwa klabb tal-weightlifting f`Malta  kif ukoll ma ħafna aktar klabbs internazzjonli, il- (ZKC International Club). L-avveniment ra xi wħud mill-aqwa atleti promettenti ta ‘Malta li jinkludu Yazmin Zammit Stevens li se tikkompet fil-Logħob Universitarju f’Taipei,  f’ Awissu u Kieran Mifsud li qed jipprepara għal kompetizzjoni internazzjonali ewlenija oħra, il-Kampjonati tal-Commonwealth fl-Awstralja f’Settembru.

Il-klabb Alpha WL iddomina l-avveniment li għandu l-akbar ammont ta ‘atleti li l-maġġoranza tagħhom jinsabu fil-quċċata tal-grupp tagħhom. Il-Kadetti bdew il-ġurnata b’wirja eċċitanti. Għal-ewwel darba l-kompetitriċi, Tenishia Thornton (Alpha WL Club),  fil-kategorija għal kadetti kisbet rizultati eċċellenti b`total impressjonanti ta ’50kilo kif ukoll tikser tlett rekords nazzjonali. Altleta ieħor kadett, Rylee Borg (Alpha WL Club) wera li huwa aktar minn sempliċiment weightlifter esperjenza b’rendiment kunfidenti, li jikser r-rekords nazzjonali preċedenti tiegħu u jispiċċaw b’total ta ’76kilo.

Il-grupp tan-nisa ra r-ritorn ta ‘l-atleta tat-tim nazzjonali, Elisia Scicluna, li kienet lura għall-ewwel kompetizzjoni taħħa peress li kella kirurġija ta’ l-irkoppa f’Mejju li għadda. Elisa Scicluna tal-Klabb Alpha WL  refet total rispettabbli 148kilo. Yasmin Zammit Stevens tal-Klabb (Northern Strength)  kella l-aqwa prestazzjoni taħħa sal-lum tikser total ta ‘4 rekords nazzjonali. Hija rnexxielha terfa ’79kilo Snatch u Clean and Jerk ta  97kilo fit-tieni tentattiv tagħha. Zammit Stevens ipprovat 100kilo fuq it-tielet u l-aħħar tentattiv , waqt li kien ta’ suċċess fuq il-parti tal-clean iżda falliet fil-Jerk. Riżultati impressjonanti oħra ġew minn Junior weightlifter, Rebecca Fitz li tirrappreżenta lil (Degree + tal-Universita ta`Malta), refhet b’suċċess total ta ‘119kilo u anki kisret r-rekords nazzjonali.

Il-grupp ta 20 ‘l-irġiel għamlu il kompetizzjoni batalja sħieħa għal l`aqwa rizultati personali kif ukoll ghal klabb rispetiv taħħom. Kieran Mifsud tal-Alpha WL iddominat il-grupp b’finitura totali faċli ta ‘275kilo w punteġġ  totali  ta ‘300,  kien ċar 19-il punt qabel it-tieni post ta’ l-atleta Matthew Camilleri (Northern Strength). Rodmar Pulis (Alpha WL Club) sorpriża l-ispettaturi b’rendiment kbir, u spiċċa fit-tielet post b’mod ġenerali fil-grupp tal-irġiel.

Kollox ma ‘kollox, (Alpha WL Club) spiċċa fuq il-quċċata b’total  3727.48 punti, segwit minn (Northern Strength Weightlifting Club) b’1497.80 punti. (Crossfit 356) spiċċa fit-tielet post b’1239.20 punti. (Degree+ UM), (The Garage)  u (Tritones SC) segwew rispettivament.

Jesmond Caruana