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GC2018 – Day 2 News Update

Team Malta took the floor, in the Commonwealth Games, once again today in Gymnastics and Lawn Bowls.

Young Sana Grillo took part in the artistic gymnastics individual competition. Competing in her preferred apparatus, the Vault, Grillo registered an overall score of 12.350 points to finish tenth. Her results sees here with the possibility of making it to the final part of the competition.   In the All Round competition, Grillo competed in the  Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and the Floor Exercise, to register a combined score of 421. 350 and a 16ht overall place.

Malta’s lawn bowlers continued their positive streak to secure their place in the quarter-finals of their respective competitions.

In the Men’s Pairs,  Shaun Parnis and Brendan Aquilina ensured a top two finish in Section A when they remained unbeaten in their final two round robin matches winning 26-12 against Canada and 16 -10 against Guernsey, ending their commitments for this round in second place behind Australia.

In the Women’s Fours competition, Sharon Callus, Rosemarie Rixon and her daughters Rebecca and Connie-Leigh started the day on a wrong note when they lost 20 -12 to Fiji.   Undeterred by the pressure to win their game against Northern Ireland, they gave a fine showing to win 21 – 8 and producing their third win in the competition.

The Maltese  Lawn Bowls Team have now secured a top-two finish and will look forward to quarter finals games scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday afternoon, Maltese weightlifter Yazmin Zammit Stevens will be in action in the Women’s 63Kgs competition at the Carrara Sports Arena.

By |April 7th, 2018|Events, News|Comments Off on GC2018 – Day 2 News Update|

GC2018 – Day 1 News Update

Positive results were registered in the Gold Coast, during the Commonwealth Games, in Lawn Bowls when the Women’s Four Team won the two games they played against England and India.   The Women’s Four Team is made up of Sharon Callus and the family Rixon – Rosemary and daughters Connie and Rebecca.

In the Men’s Pairs, Shaun Parnis and Brendan Aquilina, had to battle against the strong home team of Australia, who defeated them with a score of 22 -11.  In their second match against Brunei Darussalam, the duo made up for the initial disappointment, going on to win with a score of 28 -11.

Women’s Fours Section B Rd 1

Malta 14 – England 10

Malta 20 – India 15

Men’s Pairs Section A Rd 1

Australia 22 – Malta 11

Malta 28 – Brunei 11

Squash

Malta started well with a win from Colette Sultana who had the better of Suzanne Hennings (Cayman Islands). Despite a challenging first set Sultana went on to win her first game 3 – 0. Sultana’s second match was against Malaysia’s Nicol David who won in three straight sets.  David is a former eight times, world champion and is considered to be a legend in the Squash community.   Dianne Kellas, had a tough start playing against Australian Christine Nunn, who won the game in three straight sets.

Daniel Zammit-Lewis started off with a good win against Kale Wilson (Trinidad & Tobago) winning with a final score of 3-0.  A hard fought first set, saw the score of 13-11 being registered, however Wilson, did not show the same determination as that of the first one, enabling Zammit-Lewis to win both sets with a score of 11 – 8.  In the second round,  Zammit-Lewis had to battle it out against [...]

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    Team Malta gearing up for XXI Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.  

Team Malta gearing up for XXI Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.  

 

Almost all members of Team Malta have arrived on the Gold Coast and are settling into life in the XXI Commonwealth Games’ Athlete’s Village ahead of the fast approaching Commonwealth Games which kick off on Thursday 5th April.

Benefitting from an earlier arrival, to ward off jetlag symptoms, Maltese athletes have already settled into a training routing and familiarising themselves with the facilities and getting used to the general atmosphere in Australia.

“Team Malta are settling in nicely and are now enjoying the state of the art facilities that  have been set up for these Games “ explained Paul Sultana, Chef de Mission of the Maltese contingent.   “Malta is looking forward to be part of eleven days of world-class sporting competition.  Team spirit is very high and we are positive that our athletes will be giving it their all in the coming days”.

The Official Welcome ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday 3rd April at the Athletes’ Village and will also be attended by the Prime Minister of Malta, Hon. Dr. Joseph Muscat and his Delegation, whilst the Opening Ceremony will take place in the Carrara Stadium on Wednesday 4th April and Malta’s Flag bearer will be the young wrestler Gary Giordimaina.

Team Malta will be competing in Athletics,  Cycling, Gymnastics, Lawn Bowls, Shooting, Squash, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

Team Malta’s first commitments will kick off on Thursday 5th April with the following schedule:-

Squash
Men/Women’s Singles Preliminary Event

Daniel Zammit-Lewis (MLT) vs. Klaus Pragassen (SEY)

 

Dianne Kellas (MLT) vs.  Faiza Zafar (PAK)

 

Colette Sultana (MLT) vs. Samantha Hennings (CAN)

Lawn Bowls

Lawn Bowls –Women’s Fours

 

 

Men’s Pairs

Preliminary

 

 

Connie Leigh Rixon/ Rebecca Rixon / Rosemary Rixon / Sharon Callus (MLT)

Malta has been drawn in Section B against England, Northern Ireland, Fiji and India.

 

Brendan Aquilina / Shaun Parnis (MLT)

Malta [...]

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    Twenty Five athletes to represent Malta at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Twenty Five athletes to represent Malta at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

On 4 April 2018, Malta will be joining over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories who will converge on the Gold Coast for the twenty first edition of the Commonwealth Games.

Chef de Mission Paul Sultana announced that Team Malta will consist of 25 athletes, which meets the quota allocated to Malta by the Commonwealth Games Federation. From the eighteen sporting disciplines present at the Games, Maltese athletes will be competing in eight,  namely Athletics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Lawn Bowls, Squash, Shooting, Wrestling and Weightlifting.  Sultana went on to explain that following an onsite visit, he can attest to the high level of preparation that went into the venues and the athletes village which augur well for a spectacular Games.

Director of Sport Ivan Balzan described the selection process which was carried out by means of Minimum Qualifying Standards that each Federation was expected to meet in order to be considered for Games qualification. Balzan explained that he was pleased with the level of close cooperation between the MOC and Federations involved. He went on to explain that regular communication was undertaken to ensure that all parties were fully informed of the progress registered.

MOC President Julian Pace Bonello concluded the press conference by expressing his gratitude towards athletes and Federations who have shown their commitment towards these Games. The MOC is confident that the preparation put in by Maltese athletes will produce some positive results for Malta.  Pace Bonello went on to encourage the general public to follow and support Team Malta through the various social media channels of the Maltese Olympic Committee.

Pace Bonello went on to announce  Team Malta’s Flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony.  Young wrestler Gary Giordimaina was chosen for this [...]

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Maltese contingent settling in Pyeongchang Olympic Village

 

Officials of the Maltese Olympic Committee are currently in the Pyeongchang Olympic Village and are making the last minute preparations before the arrival of Malta’s Alpine Skier Elise Pellegrin, who will arrive in Korea this evening (Tuesday 6th February) accompanied by her coach Marvin Hocquaux

The Maltese contingent will be attending a Team Welcome Ceremony hosted by the Mayor on Thursday, where an exchange of gifts will take place.

The Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday 9th February at 12:00hrs CET,

Malta’s Pellegrin will be in action on the slopes on Monday 12th February and Wednesday 14th February.

 

Photos Courtesy: Dr. Lucienne Attard

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Maltese Flag to fly at 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang

Elise Pellegrin to compete in her second Winter Olympics.

Twenty six year old, Elise Pellegrin will be flying the Maltese flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics which will take place between the 9th and 25th February in Pyeongchang, Korea.

Alpine Skier Pellegrin, will be making her second appearance in the Winter Olympics, having represented Malta in Sochi in 2014. Her starting ranking in the Giant Slalom was 91.  Following her first run she finished in 72nd position whilst after the second run she went up eight places to finish in 64th place. Pellegrin fared better in the Slalom event placing 52nd in her first run and moving up to 39th place in the second run.

In order to seek qualification for the 2018 Winter Games Pellegrin competed in a number of FIS competitions held in Argentina, Italy, France and the United States.

In Pyeongchang, Pellegrin will be competing in the Women’s Giant Slalom and the Women’s Slalom. Competitions will take place at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre on the 12th and 14th February. Throughout the competition Pellegrin will be under the watchful eye of her coach Marvin Hocquaux.

Malta’s hopes to have a second athlete were dashed when Jenise Spiteri, competing in the Snowboard Half Pipe discipline, narrowly missed out qualification. She finished in 25th place, with only the top 24 making it to Pyeongchang.

“It is an honour for us to see the Maltese flag flying proudly in Pyeongchang. We are pleased to see that the support given to these athletes, though the Olympic Solidarity Scholarship scheme are bearing fruit” remarked Julian Pace Bonello, President, Maltese Olympic Committee. “Despite Jenise Spiteri narrowly missing out on qualification, Malta’s participation in Winter Sports was something unheard of in the past years, so [...]

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    Maltese Olympic Committee enters into partnership agreement with Saint James Hospital Group and Planet Health Limited. 

Maltese Olympic Committee enters into partnership agreement with Saint James Hospital Group and Planet Health Limited. 

Specialist Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Services to be provided to Team Malta Athletes. 

The Maltese Olympic Committee (MOC) announced the signing of a four year agreement with Saint James Hospital Group and Planet Health Limited.

The agreement was signed by Mr. Julian Pace Bonello, President of the Maltese Olympic Committee and Ms. Maria Bugeja, CEO Saint James Hospital Group, and Mr. Milos Stanisavljevic, Director, Planet Health Limited.

“We are grateful towards Saint James Hospital Group and Planet Health Limited for their renewed support towards the Maltese Olympic Committee. Both organisations have been working together for a number of years and the rapport that has been built so far is definitely to the benefit of Maltese athletes” explained Julian Pace Bonello, President, Maltese Olympic Committee. “As we are now getting closer to the Commonwealth Games it is imperative that our athletes have all the state of the art facilities that Saint James and Planet Health offer at their disposal to ensure top notch performances”.

Through this agreement, MOC accredited athletes will be able to benefit from a number of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy services that are offered by the Group’s Physiotherapy Department. Athletes will also be able to benefit from state of the art hospital based diagnostic and therapeutic facilities as well as various gym and rehabilitation facilities.

“This partnership is very much in line with our motto “Because our family cares” – we care about the well-being of Team Malta athletes as they prepare for international competitions”, remarked Ms. Maria Bugeja, CEO Saint James Hospital Group.  “Through this partnership, athletes will have access to a team of highly qualified specialists and equipment that will enable them to be in top condition when preparing for international competitions”.

The Maltese Olympic Committee [...]

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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.

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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