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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|

Sue Abela wins silver at the ISBT in France

Sue Abela wins silver at the ISBT in France

Top Maltese Female bowler, Sue Abela, adds another medal to her illustrious international bowling career with a brilliant second place finish at the 8th Track ISBT Open in France. After qualifying directly to the finals with her 4th place, finishing the qualifiers with a 202 scratch average, she went on to play a brilliant 208 scratch average in the round robin, where she won 4 of her 7 direct clashes. This was enough to get her to second place as gold went to the home lady, Jacqueline Faure who managed to win all 7 direct clashes that gave her more bonus points than Sue.

Sue Abela tirbah il-midalja tal-fidda fl-ISBT fi Franza

Sue Abela terga tirbah midalja ohra fil-karriera internazzjonali taghha fil-bowling billi kisbet rizultat iehor brillanti barra min xtutna, din id-darba fit-tmien edizzjoni tat-Track ISBT Open fi Franza. Wara li Abela kkwalifikat direttament ghall-finali billi spiccat fir-4 post, b’medja ta’ 202 pin ziedet iktar fir-round robin fejn rebhet 4 mis-seba skontri diretti biex b’hekk telghet fit-tieni post b’medja ferm tajba ta’ 208 scratch. Il-Franciza Jacqueline Faure rebhet l-midalja tad-deheb wara li rnexxiela tirbah is-7 loghbiet diretti kolla.

By |April 29th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Sue Abela wins silver at the ISBT in France|

2019 GSSE Press Conference

The Maltese Olympic Committee cordially invites you to a Media Conference in relation to the forthcoming Games of the Small States of Europe, which will take place in Montenegro between the 27th May and 1st June.

During the press conference, members of the Maltese Olympic Committee will address those present and will provide details of the latest updates, the delegation representing Malta as well as the announcement of the Flag Bearer for the Opening Ceremony.

Date: Thursday 2nd May, 2017

Time: 11:30 hrs.

Location: Maltese Olympic Committee Head Quarters, National Swimming Pool Complex, Maria Teresa Spinelli Street, Gzira

The Media will be addressed by:

Mr. Julian Pace Bonello – President ,Maltese Olympic Committee

Mr. Ivan Balzan  – Director of Sports, Maltese Olympic Committee

Mr. Paul Sultana – Director, Maltese Olympic Committee and GSSE 2019 Chef de Mission

Ms. Maria Vella-Galea – Director of Media,  Maltese Olympic Committee

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·       In attendance will be a number of athletes forming part of Team Malta.

·       Your attendance, together with any member of your media team would be greatly appreciated.

·       Refreshments will be served at the end of the conference.

·       Any media queries are to be directed to Ms. Maria Vella-Galea, Director of Media & Public Relations on 9981 2345 or media@nocmalta.org

By |April 25th, 2019|Events, News|Comments Off on 2019 GSSE Press Conference|

Table Football – Massimo Cremona wins the Challenge Cup

The Challenge cup was won by Massimo Cremona last Sunday.  He played against Charlie Aquilina.  It was a very challenging game and finished 2-2.  Even after the extra time the result was the same so the game had to be decided by shots.  Massimo Cremona won 3-0.

Our next appointment is for this weekend at the St George’s Band club in Bormla for the FISTF International Open ‘Citta Cospicua’

Massimo Cremona r-rebbieħ taċ-Challenge Cup

Il-Ħadd li għadda intlagħbet iċ-Challenge Cup bejn Massimo Cremona u Charlie Aquilina.  Kienet logħba akkanita li spiċċat bl-iskor ta’2-2.  Wara l-ħin suplementari r-riżultat baqa l-istess u b’hekk il-logħba ġiet deċiża bl-għoti tax-‘shots’ fejn rebaħ Massimo Cremona 3-0.

Fi tmiem din il-ġimgħa l-appuntament li jmiss huwa l’ FISTF International Open ‘Citta Cospicua’.  Dan it-turnament ser jsir ġewwa l-każin Banda San Ġorġ f’Bormla.

By |February 22nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Table Football – Massimo Cremona wins the Challenge Cup|

ASMK ladies demolition derby 2019 on Sunday 24th

On the Sunday 24th February 2019 Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi will continue with the Autocross cars sixth event of the ASMK Pasta-Poiatti National Championship 2018/2019. The event starts at 10. 00am and at the end of the day’s event the Association will be organizing the first edition of the ‘Ladies Demolition Derby’ 2019 expected to begin at 3. 00pm.

In this first edition of the Ladies Demolition Derby we will be seeing 10 competitors taking this challenge after several years supporting the male members of their family or their husbands. On Sunday 24th February the male competitors will be witnessing the event from the opposite side where each lady will be replacing them behind the steering wheel.

The Association is holding this event for the purpose of seeing further inclusion of women in motorsport though the Association held several activities dedicated to woman for several reasons in the past years. The competitors will be competing on cars no bigger than 4 meters (13 ft) long.

Meanwhile on Sunday 17th February ASMK organized the third event of the National Enduro WotoMoto 2018/2019 Championship where 16 competitors divided in four classes registered for this event. The activity was held at the ‘Tal-Ballut Blocks Ltd’ limits of Naxxar. The Association takes this opportunity to thank the site owners for accepting that we make use of this place for this type of Motor Sport.

During the day’s event we again saw Bernard Sammut on a Beta motorcycle to dominate the 2.3 kilometers long track circuit. Sammut registered the best time at the Pole Position followed by Joseph Scicluna on a KTM motorcycle and Matthew Gauci on Beta. Sammut continued to improve his timed laps during the two timed Heats and won [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|News|Comments Off on ASMK ladies demolition derby 2019 on Sunday 24th|

Zammit and Vella win in Autocross, Bonello wins in Trials

On the Sunday 17 February 2019 Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi will continue with the Enduro National Championship Wotomoto 2018/2019. This third event is to take place at the Barriera tal-Ballut of Naxxar and starts at 10.00am. Riders with non-ASMK membership can participate as well.

Meanwhile an overview of the Classification after two events shows that Bernard Sammut on a 300cc Beta is leading the classification with 40 points and is followed by Ian Scicluna on a KTM and by Matthew Gauci on a Beta with 30 points each. Third placed is Carmelo Borg on a Honda with 17 points.

Meanwhile, on Sunday 10th February 2019 ASMK organized the 5th National Championship race by ASMK Pasta Poiatti 2018/2019 with 19 participants divided into three classes, that for Autocross Modified, the Standard class and the new class named Autocross Diesel class for diesel powered cars.

A look at what happened during the day. Melo Zammit on his Opel Corsa won 2 of the 3 heats and scored highest points on the day. With Zammit for the Final Class A also qualified Karl Micallef, Terence Azzopardi and Jean-Paul Grech all on Opel Corsa cars, Noel Zammit on a Fiat Punto and the Ford Fiesta of Theo Micallef.

With the departure of this Final we saw a very well start by all the finalists but Melo Zammit took the helm of the race while being followed by Noel Zammit and Theo Micallef. The race continued where all finalists one after the other made use of the Joker Lap without losing a position. During this final the only overtaking was by Jean-Paul Grech and Karl Micallef who gained a placing over Theo Micallef. The 9 Laps Final ended with Melo Zammit winning [...]

By |February 13th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Zammit and Vella win in Autocross, Bonello wins in Trials|