Table Football – Charlie Aquilina World Veteran Champion

A positive weekend for Malta in Table Football when last weekend Charlie Aquilina was crowned World Veteran Champion 2018.  The FISTF World Cup was held in Gibraltar.
The individual competitions were held on Saturday, with over 200 athletes from 18 countries.  In the Open category the Maltese players were Derek Conti, Massimo Cremona, Samuel Bartolo and Joseph Borg Bonaci.  They all passed the group stage.  Massimo Cremona beaten in the last 32 when he lost against Samuel Bartolo (3-0).  Derek Conti was beaten by Joseph Borg Bonaci (3-2) in the last 32 as well.  Samuel Bartolo made it to the last sixteen and was stopped by the Italian Saverio Bari (3-2).  Joseph Borg Bonaci obtained the best result in this category when he made it to the quarter final, but unfortunately was beater by the Belgian player Justin Leroy (2-1).  Matteo Ciccarelli won the title in this category.
Charlie Aquilina, Joseph Mifsud, Mario Camilleri, Jason Pisani and John Zammit represented Malta in the Veteran category.  They all passed the group stage.  Jason Pisani and John Zammit made it till last 32.  Jason Pisani played against the Spanish Luis Lopez and until the extra time they were draw, the game was decided by shots and unfortunately Pisani was beaten (4-3).  John Zammit played against John Field from Gibraltar and lost 4-3.  Joseph Mifsud and Mario Camilleri made it till the last 16.  Joseph Mifsud lost against Patrick Dean from Gibraltar (1-0) and Mario Camilleri lost against the Italian Gianfranco Calonico (1-0).  In this category the title came to Malta, when Charlie Aquilina continued to advance to the final.  Charlie Aquilina won the semi-final against the Italian Gianfranco Calonico (3-2).   The final was a very intensive [...]

By |September 5th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Table Football – Charlie Aquilina World Veteran Champion|

Table Football – Malta in Gibraltar for the World Cup

On the 1st and 2nd of September Malta will be participating in the World Cup of Table Football, which this year is going to be held in Gibraltar.  There will be 18 countries participating, with over 200 players.

On Saturday there will be the individual competitions.  For the Open Category Malta will be represented by Massimo Cremona, Samuel Bartolo, Derek Conti, and Joseph Borg Bonaci.  In the Veteran Category Malta will be presented by Mario Camilleri, Charlie Aquilina, John Zammit, Jason Pisani and Joseph Mifsud.  Jurgen Balzan will be representing Malta in the Under 19 Category.

On Sunday there will be the team event.  Malta will be participating in the Open Category and the Veteran Category.  The Open team will be composed of Derek Conti (captain), Massimo Cremona, Samuel Bartolo, Joseph Borg Bonaci and Jurgen Balzan.  The Veteran team will be composed of Charlie Aquilina (captain), Mario Camilleri, Joseph Mifsud, Jason Pisani (MTFSA Treasurer) and John Zammit.

The Maltese contingent will also include Mr Felix Rizzo (MTFSA secretary) and Mrs Monalita Balzan (MTFSA P.R.O) and will be leaving Malta on Friday 31st August.

Maltin għall-Ġibilta għat-tazza tad-dinja

Fi tmiem din il-ġimgħa Malta ser tkun qed tipparteċipa fit-tazza ta’ dinja ta’ Table Football, li din is-sena sejra ssir il-Ġibilta.  Tmintax il-pajjiż ser jkunu qed jieħdu sehem b’iktar minn mitejn plejer.

Is-Sibt jkun hem mil-kompetizjonijiet individwali.  Massimo Cremona, Samuel Bartolo, Derek Conti u Joseph Borg Bonaci sere jkunu qed jiehdu sehem fil-kategorija ‘Open’.  Fil-kategorija tal-Veterani, Malta ser tkun rapreżentata minn Mario Camilleri, Joseph Mifsud, Charlie Aquilina, Jason Pisani u John Zammit, filwaqt li Jurgen Balzan ser jkun qed jirrapreżenta l-Malta fil-kategorija ta’ taħt id-dsatax-il sena.

Il-Ħadd 2 ta’ Settembru jkun imiss il-kompetizzjonijiet ta’ timijiet.  Malta ser tiehu sehem fil-kategoriji open u veteran.  It-tim [...]

By |August 28th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Table Football – Malta in Gibraltar for the World Cup|
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    IJF Academy Recognized as an Autonomous Higher Education Institute

IJF Academy Recognized as an Autonomous Higher Education Institute

Malta – August 27th, 2018

Today was an historical day for the International Judo Federation as its Academy was officially recognized as an Autonomous Higher Education Institute by the NCFHE (National Commission for Further and Higher Education of Malta). Conceived in 2013 under the leadership of IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer, the IJF Academy has been growing nonstop since its inception. Today more than 2,000 students from more than 100 countries took part in the Level 1 and 2 training courses (Level 3 under preparation).

From left to right: The Chairman of NCFHE, Mr. Godfrey Vella, the Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Education Institute from the Ministry of Education of Malta, Mr. Clifton Grima, and the IJF Academy Director, Mr. Envic Galea

The Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Education Institute from the Ministry of Education of Malta, Mr. Clifton Grima, declared: “It is an important step for Malta and generally speaking for the sport. We are proud to work together with such a proactive International federation, associated with the national judo federation, to promote sport and education. We are looking forward to continuing our successful collaboration in the future. “

With this recognition the IJF is the first International Federation to have its Academy internationally certified. Mr. Mohamed Meridja, the IJF Education and Coaching Director said: “Over the past years, the IJF Academy has shown how successful and effective it was. This is part of our development strategy. I want to congratulate all those who participated in that success, and I want to wish good luck to all the future students. “

During the official ceremony, the diploma of recognition was handed over to Mr. Envic Galea, Director of the Academy by Mr. Godfrey Vella [...]

By |August 28th, 2018|News|Comments Off on IJF Academy Recognized as an Autonomous Higher Education Institute|


The Maltese Olympic Committee is looking for a sports administrator, who will be responsible for carrying out a number of administrative tasks across a wide range of functions.

Priority will be given to raising sponsorship, maintaining databases, and implementing project management processes to ensure everything runs smoothly. Other tasks will include organising and scheduling sports events and updating the MOC website and social media pages. The administrator will essentially be responsible for making sure that all MOC’s events and initiatives are run efficiently and cost-effectively.

Key responsibilities:
– Carrying out administrative duties, using systems and processes relevant to the organisation
– Coordinating and raising sponsorship
– Ensuring administrative systems, processes and databases are efficient and well managed administrative support to managerial staff and heads of organisations
– Organising meetings, training, coaching, festivals, conferences and other events
– Promotion of sport in schools, working with students or young people
– Liaising with member national sport governing bodies
– Consulting with clients, members, the community and local sporting organisations
-Advising sports federations on areas such as organisation, funding, promotion and regulations
– Undertaking or commissioning research and collating, mapping and monitoring data
– Producing promotional literature, reports and event materials and liaising with marketing and media organisations
-Making presentations to grant-making bodies and/or relevant authorities
-Managing, supervising and training staff, and sometimes running an office

Working Hours
Full-time (40h/week)

Any applicant with a recognised qualification in sports administration, marketing, sports science, physical education, business studies will be given preference.  Prior experience of organising or volunteering in sporting events/activities are also an asset.

The applicant must also possess strong IT skills and be willing to learn new systems quickly (such as Database management).
Ability to communicate fluently and confidently in written and [...]

By |August 24th, 2018|News|Comments Off on CAREER OPPORTUNITY | SPORTS ADMINISTRATOR|

International Judo Federation Academy Foundation

Next Monday 27th August , the Malta Judo Federation, on behalf of the International Judo Federation, is hosting a press conference to celebrate the occasion of the International Judo Federation Academy Foundation qualifying as a Higher Education Institute.

This press conference will be held at at 11.15 at the San George Corinthia Hotel. A draft program is in attachment.

Attending this press conference will be several International Judo Personalities, amongst them six Olympic Medallists, amongst them three Gold, world champions and members of the IJF Executive. The ceremony will be under the patronage of Hon Dr Clifton Grima Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and Sport.

This press conference is being organised during the Olympic Solidarity Regional Coaching Course being organised by the Academy, in collaboration with the Maltese Olympic Committee and the Malta Judo federation, in Malta between the 26th and the 31st of August. Should you be interested in visiting us at the National Dojo during this event, you can email us or call me so I give you further information about the program.

We are enclosing some information on the background on the Academy and the event:

The IJF Academy was established in 2013, to serve as the teaching arm of the International Judo Federation. The IJF Academy teamed up with The University of Physical Education of Budapest and their best lecturers prepared dedicated sport science lectures for Judo. The best Judo Experts on the other hand prepared the “Judo” content. Thus the Academy launched two programmes:

Level 1 Instructor
Level 2 Coach

These courses were delivered in an innovative “blended” system where the theory was studies online during 1 semester and the practical assessment at the state-of-the-art Olympic Centre of Tata in Hungary.

As the Academy evolved, it moved from the University online platform run on “Moodle” [...]

By |August 24th, 2018|News|Comments Off on International Judo Federation Academy Foundation|

Weightlifting – KTD Spartak Tournament

The Malta Weightlifting Association will be represented by three male athletes in the upcoming KTD Spartak tournament in Subotica Serbia. No stranger to the international stage, Rodmar Pulis will be accompanied by Andy Grech and rookie Keith Azzopardi. The athletes will be competing against athletes from, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Romania, Uganda and the host country.

This tournament will be of special importance for Rodmar Pulis as he is currently preparing to compete at the World University Championships set to take place in Poland in late September. The two junior athletes, Andy Grech and Keith Azzopardi, have shown a lot of promise in their recent performances in national meets, and will benefit from this tournament to gain international experience and increased confidence for future meets.

Jesmond Caruana will also be participating in the tournament as national team coach and speaker of a Weightlifting Technical Seminar that will be commencing in the days prior to the competition. The seminar is aimed to teach, coaches, technical officials and athletes about the rules that go into a weightlifting competition.

L-Assoċjazzjoni Maltija tal-Weightlifting ser tkun rappreżentata minn tliet atleti maskili fil- KTD Spartak Tournament ġewwa Subotica fis-Serbja. Rodmar Pulis atleta ta esperjenza ser jkun akkumpanjat minn Andy Grech u Keith Azzopardi. L-atleti se jikkompetu ma ‘atleti mill,  Ungerija, Slovakja, Polanja, Kroazja, Slovenja, Franza, Rumanija, Uganda flimkien mal-pajjiz ospitanti.

Dan il-kampjonat se jkun ta ‘importanza speċjali għal Rodmar Pulis peress li bħalissa qed jipprepara biex jikkompeti fil-Kampjonati Dinji Universitarji li se jsiru fil-Polonja fl-aħħar ta’ Settembru. Iż-żewġ atleti  żaghżagh, Andy Grech u Keith Azzopardi wrew progress tajjeb ħafna fil-prestazzjonijiet reċenti tagħhom f’kompetizzjonijiet nazzjonali, u se jibbenefikaw minn dan it-turnew biex jiksbu esperjenza internazzjonali u aktar fiduċja għal ġejjieni.

Jesmond Caruana se jkun [...]

By |August 21st, 2018|News|Comments Off on Weightlifting – KTD Spartak Tournament|

Weightlifting news in English and Maltese


703 athletes from all over the world including Weightlifting Giants Australia, New Zealand, Nauru, Kiribati, Finland, Canada, South Africa  as well as Malta amongst others participated in this years Weightlifting ELEIKO Email International Tournament where Malta’s very own Zammit Stevens finished in 1st place in the 69kg category from a total of 51 athletes in her group.

After finishing in 4th place in this same tournament last year, Zammit Stevens has managed yet again set another great result this year by finishing on top with her 185kg total. Yasmin out lifted the second place finisher, Lovett from New Zealand, by 7 kg and third place finisher, Abouke from Nauru by 10kg. Along with her Commonwealth Games and Mediterranean Games success, there seems to be no stopping this athlete on her way to reach international success.

Other respectable results from this tournament came from Elisia Scicluna who competed in the 90kg category, where she finished in 4th place overall behind 3 athletes from New Zealand from a total of 30 athletes. 12 year old Tenishia Thorton, only weighing in at 41.7kg finished in 8th place in the 48kg category behind senior athletes from Australia, Nauru, Solomon Island, New Zealand and Guam.

A rookie to the weightlifting world, but definitely an up and coming athlete, Roberta Tabone finished in 10th place in the 69kg category with a 164kg total. Tabone, who is usually known for her performance in crossfit competitions, has recently also ventured into the weightlifting world and has showed promise in her performances.

The Cougars Club from Autsralia won the overall Club competition, followed by the Taborio Club from Kiribati and Rocks Clubs from Nauru. The best club result from Malta came from the Alpha Weightlifting Club women [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Weightlifting news in English and Maltese|
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    VALLETTA CUP – Sponsored by the Valletta local councillor Ray Azzopardi

VALLETTA CUP – Sponsored by the Valletta local councillor Ray Azzopardi

Table Football

Valletta Cup tournament is a new edition to the Table Football Calendar.  This tournament is sponsored by the Valletta local councillor Ray Azzopardi.  The Valletta Cup tournament will be an individually based competition amongst both Valletta Clubs players.  Councillor Ray Azzopardi, last week presented the trophy to the presidents of both Valletta Clubs, Valletta Lions TFC and Valletta Subbuteo Club.  Both presidents Joe Zammit Pavia and Felix Rizzo thanked Mr Ray Azzopardi for his initiative and are both looking forward to make this tournament a successful one.  The presentation was held at ‘Café Teatro’.  Ray Azzopardi said that his aim is to promote Valletta clubs and encourage the youths to participate in sports, keeping them away from bad vices.  Ray Azzopardi announced that the Valletta Cup tournament will be held twice a year and this year the dates are going to be the 6th of October 2018 and the 13th of April 2019.  This tournament will be held in Valletta.

Table Football

VALLETTA CUP – Sponsorjata mill-kunsillier tal-Belt Valletta Ray Azzopa

Il-ġimgħa l-oħra ġiet imnedija l-kompetizzjoni Valletta Cup li ser tkun kompetizzjoni oħra regolari għat-Table Football.  Din il-kompetizzjoni ġiet ġentilment sponsorjata mill-kunsillier tal-Belt Valletta Ray Azzopardi.  Din il-kompetizzjoni ser tkun kompetizzjoni individwali bejn il-plejers ta’ żewġ klabbs beltin.  Il-kunsillier Ray Azzopardi għamel il-preżentazzjoni tat-tazza ‘Valletta Cup’ liż-żewġ presidenti tal-klabbs Valletta Subbuteo Club u Valletta Lions TFC.  Il-preżentazzjoni saret ġewwa ‘Café Teatro’ fil-belt Valletta.  Iż-żewġ presidenti tal-klabbs Felix Rizzo u Joe Zammit Pavia urew apprezzament għal din l-inizzjativa tal-kunsillier Ray Azzopardi u jinsabu ċerti li ħa jkun turnament b’kompetizzjonijiet ta’ livell għoli. Ray Azzopardi qal li l-ħsieb tiegħu wara din l-inizzjattiva hu li jgħin l-għaqdiet beltin filwaqt li jinkoraġixxi liż-żagħżagħ jipparteċipaw f’dan l-isport u dejjem [...]

By |August 8th, 2018|News|Comments Off on VALLETTA CUP – Sponsored by the Valletta local councillor Ray Azzopardi|

Judo goes to the beach


The Malta Judo Federation can proudly say that is has been keeping itself very busy. An international tournament for our upcoming team, a visit and training camp from an international coach who will be joining us this winter, celebration of the Olympic day with games for parents and children, free lessons for 450 children from Government Schools who visited our National Dojo so far, and the latest event: a judo shiai (competition) on the beach.

Even though our national squad keeps up their training regularly, it is quite difficult to hold a tournament in the scorching heat. So, the officials of the federation decided to take the tatami (judo mat) to Mellieha Bay and hold their bi-monthly event there. As the team started laying out the tatami, curious passers by were asking what is happening. More spectators gathered around the small tatami as the officials, including the referees dressed up in fluorescent #BEACTIVE safety vests and the athletes got ready to compete in their Judogi. In between events, the children and youngsters watching were invited to the tatami to try out Judo and were given #BEACTIVE pouches donated by Sportmalta on occasion of the European Week of Sport (EWOS). SPORTMALTA kindly assisted the federation with the event by offering transport for our tatami.

The event generated a lot of interest, as the live videos broadcast from the Malta Judo Federation facebook page reached over 10,000 people. Follow the Malta Judo Federation on its Facebook page  to keep up to date with its next endeavors.



Judo imur sal-baħar

Il-Federazzjoni tal-Judo ta’ Malta tista’ tgħid b’mod kburi li qed iżżomm ruħha busy ħafna. Kompetizzjoni internazzjonali għat-tim li tiela, żjara u kamp ta’ taħriġ minn kowċ internazzjonali li se jingħaqad magħna [...]

By |August 8th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Judo goes to the beach|

European weightlifting Championships finals

Shelby Mangion Vassallo competed in the European weightlifting Championships finals as part of her qualification for the Youth Olympic Games.


Article in English and Maltese.

This past week, the annual European Youth Championships held in Milan brought together Europe’s finest talent from 34 countries in the U15 and U17 age groups. Shelby Mangion Vassallo was the only representative at the championships, were she competed in the U17 63kg category A finals. Despite actually being an official U15 athlete, Mangion Vassallo competed with the elder athletes since it was in that age group that the championships counted as a qualification event for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games.

Unfortunately, Shelby didn’t perform at her absolute best, but nonetheless registered a respectable result in such a high scale event. She finished with a 60kg snatch and a 70kg clean and jerk. This was however the first time she competed in the 63kg category, as she has been cutting down to enter a lower body weight category. Therefore, she still managed to break 4 national records in the youths and 4 records in the junior 63kg category during this meet.

The competition included the best European youth athletes from each country. Shelby finished in 13th place, beating the Spanish lifter by 4kg.

Shelby was accompanied by national team coach, Jesmond Caruana, who has been preparing the athlete in the best way possible for the Youth Olympic Games set to take place in Buenes Aires this October. Until then, preparation will continue, with a local training camp being held in August with internationally renowned coach, Tamas Feher. Feher was the official Coach for Great Britain’s Olympic Team, as well as USA’s Olympic team. He will be working closely with the Maltese athletes for 3 [...]

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