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    Hannah Cutajar & Shaun Galea crowned Sprint Triathlon Champions

Hannah Cutajar & Shaun Galea crowned Sprint Triathlon Champions

Cutajar & Galea smash Male and Female Course Records on Salina Coast Road

The BSJ Go & Fun Sprint Triathlon Series came to
an end on Sunday morning on the Salina Coast Road with impressive wins from
Shaun Galea and Hannah Cutajar.  The Race
was also designated, by the Malta Triathlon Federation, as the National Sprint
Triathlon Championships.  

Galea and Cutajar’s impressive results saw the existing
course record broken.  The course record
was established back in 2016, when the Triathlon races returned to the Coast
Road following a break due to the reconstruction of the route. 

In keeping with International Triathlon Union
regulations for National Championship Races, the race saw two separate starts,
with a three-minute gap between the Male and Female starts. 

First out of the water was Shaun Galea, who gained a
three second advantage over possible podium contender Bernard Sant. Galea
continued to gain advantage in the first transition whilst heading onto the
20km cycle route.  From then on it was evident
that Galea was not only out for a win but a possible sub one-hour result. Galea
went on to build a comfortable gap over Sant and the rest of the athletes to
achieve an impressive finish time of 59 minutes, 17 seconds. Galea is the first
triathlete register such a time on the new coast road.  Sant had to settle for second place. In third
place was veteran Fabio Spiteri.  His
result might have come as a surprise to quite a few especially since Spiteri,
until recently, was focusing his energies on long distance triathlon.  

In the Females’ Category National Champion Hannah
Cutajar was first female out of the water. Her swim time was the third best of
the day.  [...]

By |September 23rd, 2019|News, Triathlon Federation|Comments Off on Hannah Cutajar & Shaun Galea crowned Sprint Triathlon Champions|

The Olympia Experience

Denise Busuttil

Denise Busuttil shares her experience in Olympia, made possible through the Maltese Olympic Committee.

The Sessions for Young Participants with the International Olympic Academy was an experience I will truly never forget. I can easily say it is a highlight in my life to represent Malta in such a wonderful experience!

During these 2 weeks, I had the
opportunity to meet hundreds of people from all over the world. I got to learn
about all the works and movements these individuals were working on.

These 2 weeks consisted of lectures,
workshops, dance, art and poetry classes, beach days, sports tournaments,
sunrises and sightseeing. There was not a day where you can get bored or have
nothing to do!

The lectures taught were on current situations, and issues that were
going on.

During the workshops, we then discussed
the lectures and produced our own presentations as a group – which we then
presented to all participants!

The lecture which really stuck out for me, and I think also for other
participants is the one presented by Dr Gelly Aroni (GRE) “Sport and an active
society without walls. Social inclusion of refugees through sport and physical
activity”  The lecture made an impact on
me and showed how powerful sport can be.

We also got to learn about the Olympic
experience from directly from the Olympians themselves!

By |September 23rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on The Olympia Experience|
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    IOC 2-year distance learning diploma courses: sports medicine and physical therapies

IOC 2-year distance learning diploma courses: sports medicine and physical therapies

Ideal for doctors and physiotherapists who work in sport.

The
Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has
recognised the important role that sports medicine plays in protecting
the health of athletes.

As
part of its commitment to supporting the health and performance of
athletes and to the continuing professional development of those who
care for them, the IOC Medical Commission now offers a
postgraduate-level program in Sports Medicine. The program is designed
primarily to meet the needs of team physicians from the National Olympic
Committees (NOC) and International Federations (IFs).

The program is operated on behalf of the IOC by sportsoracle too ltd.

The
program has built on existing programs offered by leading Universities,
but embraces an international faculty to offer a program that is beyond
the resources of any single institution.

The
program will focus on the health and performance implications of
participation in elite sport, but will also consider the role of
physical activity, nutrition and other lifestyle factors in promoting
good health.

The
new program will take advantage of new technology to deliver an
innovative program and to ensure that information is current,
comprehensive, authoritative and accessible.

The program operates under the academic oversight of an International Academic Advisory Board, who will advise on and be responsible for all aspects of academic standards, including:

·         Quality assurance of syllabus content

·         Moderation of student assessment

The
Program is not offered as an alternative to the various short,
intensive training programs that currently operate, but rather as a
comprehensive program of training in sports medicine for those
responsible for the care of elite athletes.

The IOC Diploma in Sports Medicine is awarded by the International Olympic CommitteeRegistration is open for the above-mentioned courses. For more [...]

By |August 9th, 2019|News|Comments Off on IOC 2-year distance learning diploma courses: sports medicine and physical therapies|

Summer Shutdown

Please note that the MOC offices will be closed from Monday 12th until Friday 16th August, so that our team will enjoy a well deserved break! The MOC offices will be open again from Monday 19th August.

By |August 9th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Summer Shutdown|
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    Maltese athletes to take part in the XV Summer European Youth Olympic Festival.

Maltese athletes to take part in the XV Summer European Youth Olympic Festival.

The Maltese contingent taking part
in the XV Summer European Youth Olympic Festival, taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan
in the coming days left Malta this morning, where they are expected to join around
3,600 young athletes and their officials.

Held under the auspices of the
International Olympic Committee for the past twenty-five years, the  European Youth Olympic Festival  (EYOF) is a high level  European multi-sport event aimed towards young
athletes aged 14 to 18. The events take place in two-year cycles, in
odd-numbered years.  It is at the EYOF
that many of Europe’s inspiring sports stars of tomorrow take their first steps
on the international stage.

The Maltese contingent
is being represented by four athletes. In Athletics Malta will be represented
by Rachela Pace who will take part in the technical event of long jump, whilst Kurt
Zahra will take part in the 200m sprint. In Swimming, the young Sasha Gatt will
compete in the freestyle events of 50m, 100m and 200m whilst gymnast Ella Borg
will take part in Artistic Gymnastics.  Maltese
athletes will be in action as of Monday 22nd July.

Malta’s Flag Bearer
at the Opening Ceremony will be Swimmer Sasha Gatt who not only broke thirteen National
Records but was also part of the 4 x 200 m Freestyle Relay team who won
Bronze at the 2019 Games of the Small States of Europe in Montenegro in May.

The Maltese athletes are being accompanied by coaches Rachid Chouhal (Athletics),  Catalin Ioan Stan (Swimming) and Nataliya Berehova (Gymnastics). Chef de Mission duties will be undertaken by Maltese Olympic Committee Director Charlene Attard.

Team Malta Contingent prior to departure for Baku.Front – Left to Right – Sasha Gatt (Swimming), Ella Borg (Gymnastics), Natalia Berehova [...]

By |July 19th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Maltese athletes to take part in the XV Summer European Youth Olympic Festival.|
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    Maltese Olympic Committee announces beneficiaries of Youth Elite Scheme

Maltese Olympic Committee announces beneficiaries of Youth Elite Scheme

In its continuous efforts to support the efforts of young athletes, the Maltese Olympic Committee announced an investment of €40,000 which will be distributed amongst a pool of young athletes who have shown promise and have already produced some notable results in their sports.

The Youth Elite Scheme aims to provide opportunities to prepare, and support the most promising young athletes on a journey to becoming future medallists for Malta.  Through the Scheme, talented athletes will be given the opportunity to maximise their potential and achieve their personal best by supporting and adding value to an athlete’s current plan with their personal coach

While regular, quality coaching is a key ingredient to progress, the programmes will look to ensure all athletes develop the necessary key areas for their event relating to lifestyle, preparation, performance, physical, mental, tactical and technical aspects.

The pool of athletes was chosen based on their current performances and following discussions with their coaches and National Federations.  Athletes were placed into three tiers of funding– Podium, Elite and Promising.

Podium athletes consist of a small pool of athletes who have already gained podium placings in international competitions and  who have achieved top European rankings in their respective  Youth categories.  Similarly, Elite athletes are athletes who have registered personal bests and national records whilst, as the name implies, the Promising category sees athletes who are showing improvement and upping the game on a regular basis.

“It is our mission to be enablers towards the success of our supported athletes. It is imperative that we build a strong foundation for the future of sport in Malta, in particular for the forthcoming GSSE to be held in Malta in 2023” Paul Sultana, Director and Head of Youth Commission within [...]

By |July 6th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Maltese Olympic Committee announces beneficiaries of Youth Elite Scheme|
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    Team Malta’s commitments at the 2nd European Games in Minsk so far

Team Malta’s commitments at the 2nd European Games in Minsk so far

As the 2nd European Games progress in Minsk, Team Malta’s committments have seen most of the action happening over the weekend when Jeremy Saywell (Judo), Mikela Galea (Shooting) and Alexander Smyth (Cycling) took part in their respective competitions.

The start of the Games saw a number of logistical challenges that were not of benefit to the Maltese athletes. Nevertheless, they still competed with heart and determination in a field of some of the world’s best athletes, Olympians and Olympic Medallists.

Shooting

The Games, did not start well for Mikela Galea, who’s shotgun failed to arrive in time for her to practice before her scheduled competitions on Saturday and Sunday.  Galea qualified for these Games on her own merit having obtained her slot in the 2018 World Championships, held in Changwong South Korea where she placed 10th. Galea competed for a qualifying place in the final on Saturday and Sunday. Galea’s inexperience and lack of training prior to competition showed against the pool of highly experienced shooters. Galea performed better on Sunday  when  she started getting used to the range which was very challenging.  This showed when the score for entry in the final was very low at 107.

Judo

The luck of the draw was certainly not in favour of Jeremy Saywell, when he drew against Ukrainian Georgii Zantaraia, the 3rd seeded judoka at the Games and currently ranked 9th in the world. In the first seconds, Saywell had a good attack, which could have eventually ended in a score, however the huge experience of Zantaraia came in handy when Saywell stopped for 1 second, resulting in Zantaraia throwing him for Ippon. Zantaraia eventually won the European title for 2019 against Matteo Medves from Italy.

Cycling

Alexander Smyth took part [...]

By |June 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Team Malta’s commitments at the 2nd European Games in Minsk so far|

2019 Minsk European Games Contingent Announced

The Maltese Olympic Committee today officially announced the contingent travelling to Minsk for the European Games which will take place between the 21st to the 30th of June.

Malta will be fielding four athletes and will be taking part in Cycling (Alexander Smyth), Shooting (Michaela Galea – Trap, Eleanor Bezzina – Air Pistol 25m)  and Judo (Jeremy Saywell).

This is the second time that Malta has taken part in the European Games having previously taken part in the 2015 edition which took place in Baku.

The Games will feature 200 events in 15 sports and around 4,000 athletes from 50 countries are expected to take part. Ten of the sports, including Shooting will offer qualification opportunities for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Maltese athletes will be involved in competitions as from Sunday 22nd June and will end on Wednesday 26th June. A detailed programme of events can be found here – .MINSK 2019 | European Games Team Malta Schedule

Chef de Mission duties will be carried out by Maltese Olympic Committee Director of Sport Ivan Balzan whilst Eleanor Bezzina was chosen as flag bearer.  Bezzina has just returned from the Games of the Small States of Europe where she won a Gold medal in the Air Pistol (10m) discipline.

Photo Courtesy | Martin Agius

By |June 14th, 2019|News|Comments Off on 2019 Minsk European Games Contingent Announced|

2019 GSSE Montenegro Games Wrap Up

The Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) came to close on Saturday 1st June with Team Malta bringing home 27 medals – six gold, 12 silver and nine Bronze.

A total of 80 athletes took part in Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volley, Judo, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis and Table Tennis. Despite the total medal tally falling short of two medals, when compared to Malta’s performance in San Marino two years ago, the colour of medals won has improved significantly – six gold compared to four and 12 silver compared to 9 in 2017.

Athletics

An improvement in this sport has been registered – this is thanks to the changes implemented in the past two years which has seen local operations strengthen and better synergies created between coaches and athletes in the various track and field disciplines.  Lisa Marie Bezzina was truly the golden girl of the games having fulfilled her promise of bring gold in the 5000m and 10000m – her commitment and dedication to bring this result home has been unwavering since her return from a disappointing San Marino two years ago.  Jordan Gusman, a Maltese athlete living away from our shores brought home two Golds (5000m and 10000m) and a Silver in the 1500m, which in his very own words is not his race. Positive performances were provided by Claire Azzopardi and Ian Paul Grech, both of whom brought home a silver medal in the triple jump. Meanwhile Ian Grech also brought a Bronze medal in the long jump. Damien Mizzi, a newcomer to Team Malta secured a Bronze in the 400m.  A disappointing performance from Charlotte Wingfield meant that no medals were secured in the 100m and 200m, however Wingfield was just returning from [...]

By |June 10th, 2019|News|Comments Off on 2019 GSSE Montenegro Games Wrap Up|
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    Contingent for 2019 Games of Small States of Europe officially announced

Contingent for 2019 Games of Small States of Europe officially announced

Athlete Gianluca Chetcuti chosen as flag bearer

The Maltese Olympic Committee, today, officially named the contingent representing Malta at forthcoming Games of the Small States of Europe which will be held in Montenegro between the 27th May and 1st June.

The shortlist of athletes was announced at a press conference held earlier on this morning at the Maltese Olympic Committee’s Headquarters in the presence of officials, athletes, coaches and members of the media.

The MOC President Mr. Julian Pace Bonello will be accompanying the athletes, whilst Chef de Mission duties will be undertaken by Mr. Paul Sultana.

Director of Sport Ivan Balzan confirmed that Malta will be taking part in eight disciplines which include Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volley, Judo, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis. A total of 80 athletes will be fielded. A number of coaches and medical officials will also be forming part of the contingent to support the athletes throughout the Games.   Mr. Balzan continued to explain that preparations have been ongoing since Team Malta’s return from the last Games and which were closely monitored by the Olympic Committee’s Technical Commission. Mr. Balzan feels that Team Malta is well poised to bring home a good medal tally.

Chef de Mission Paul Sultana went on to explain Games logistics and announced that competitions will take place in the cities of Budvar, Bar, Tivat, Cetinje and Podgorica, Montenegro. This is the first time that Montenegro will be hosting these Games since it joined the GSSE family in 2009. Sultana also announced that a number of places on the charter flights are available for those wishing to support the Maltese contingent during the Games.

A strong delegation of Sports Journalists, representing most the majority of Media houses, will be [...]

By |May 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Contingent for 2019 Games of Small States of Europe officially announced|