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 weeks leading up to a national competition.


Matul il-ġimgħa li għaddiet, ġewwa Milan fl`Italja saru il-Kampjonati annwali tal-weightlifting taż-żgħażagħ Ewropej li ġabu l-aħjar talent min 34 pajjiż Ewropew min gruppi ta ‘età għal dawk t`anqas min 15 u dawk t`anqas min 17 il-sena. Shelby Mangion Vassallo kienet l-unika rappreżentant  Maltija fil-kampjonati,  hija ikkompetit fil-kategorija għal dawk t`anqas min ta 17 il-sena 63kilo. Minkejja li attwalment atleta qeda fil-kategorija għal dawk t`anqas min 15 il sena. Mangion Vassallo kella tikkompeti f’dan il-grupp ta ‘età akbar minħabba li l-kampjonati  jingħaddu bħala avveniment ta’ kwalifika għall-Logħob Olimpiku taż-Żgħażagħ li jmiss.

Sfortunatament, Shelby ma wettqitx l-aqwa assoluta tagħha, iżda xorta rreġistrat riżultat rispettabbli ħafna f’avveniment ta ‘skala kbira. Hija ikonkludiet bi snatch ta ’60kilo u 70kilo clean&Jerk. Din kienet l-ewwel darba li l-atleta tikkompeti fil-kategorija ta ’63kilo, peress li kienet qed tnaqqas il-piż biex tidħol f’kategorija aktar baxxa.  Hija rnexxielha tkisser 4 rekords nazzjonali taż-żgħażagħ għal dawk anqas min sbatax u 4 rekord oħra għal dawk anqas min għoxrin fil 63kilo matul din il-kompetizzjoni.

Il-kompetizzjoni kienet tinkludi l-aqwa taż-żgħażagħ Ewropej ewlenin. Shelby spiċċat fit-tlettax-il post ta l-aqwa atleti Ewropej, hija sħansitra qabżet lil l-aqwa atleta Spanjola fl istess kategorjia b’4 kilogrami.

Shelby kien akkumpanjat minn kowċ nazzjonali tat-tim, Jesmond Caruana, li kien qed iħejji l-atleta bl-aħjar mod possibbli għall-Logħob Olimpiku taż-Żgħażagħ li se jsiru f’ Buenos Aires f’Ottubru. Sa dakinhar, il-preparazzjoni se tkompli, b’kamp ta taħriġ lokali li qed isir f’Awissu b’kowċ rinomat internazzjonalment, Tamas Feher. Feher kien il-kowċ uffiċjali għat-Tim Olimpiku tal-Gran Brittanja, kif ukoll it-tim Olimpiku ta l-Istati Uniti. Huwa ser jaħdem mill-qrib mal-atleti Maltin għal 3 ġimgħat li jwasslu għal kompetizzjoni nazzjonali.