The Maltese Olympic Committee’s Hall of Fame honours and immortalises those individuals who have served and contributed with excellence towards Malta’s sporting endeavors.
The Hall of Fame acts as a showcase of 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.
In line with other such Halls abroad, the Hall of Fame in Malta sets to preserve Maltese sporting history and be a point of reference. Acting as a motivating mechanism it will be a driving force for the public to emulate local sporting heroes and encourage locals to participate in sports in its different facets, whether on the sporting field or administration. No doubt the Hall of Fame is an inspirational force for those involved in sports to aspire to and hope that one day they too would be so honoured for their outstanding achievements.
The Hall of Fame is managed by a Board of Trustees constituted of former Presidents of the Maltese Olympic Committee as well as the current Board of Management. Eligibility for election will not be merely restricted to those who would have battled it out on the competitive arenas but will equally honour officials, coaches and administrators alike.
In 1979 John Tabone started his coaching career which endured for 40 years, 8 of which as a national team coach. He was the coach of the Maltese National Team that won the first medal (bronze) for Basketball in the Games of the Small States of Europe in San Marino 1985 and repeated the same success 2 years later in Monaco. In 1991 he won the awards of the official of the year.
Event not held due to Covid-19 restrictions
Event not held due to Covid-19 pandemic
He represented Malta in three editions of the European Junior Championships held in Czechoslavakia, Sweden and France beating junior champions from Greece, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Holland and Belgium. In year 1981 Gordon was awarded a scholarship at San Diego State University and after 2 years he decided to play full time tennis.
From year 1984 till 1998 he played in the German league with TC Hof and won a number of 104 matches from a total of 112 matches. During those 14 years, Gordon was twice voted as the best doubles player in the Upper Bavarian Region. He represented Malta in the Dais Cup, winning 17 singles matches and 20 doubles matches. The Malta Davis Cup team won twice promotion in year 1995 and year 1999 respectively.
It is important to note that together with his son Matthew Asciak, he was the first father and son to ever play a Davis Cup match in year 1999. In the Small Nations Games Gordon won the Gold Medal in Malta in year 1993, the silver medal in year 1995 at Luxembourg, the Bronze Medal in Liechtenstein in year 1999 and Bronze Medal in year 2001 at San Marino.
Beside all the above Gordon represented Malta in the European Seniors Championships where he beat some top tennis Nations like Bulgaria and Norway.
In year 2002 he decided to stop playing competitively and opened the first tennis academy in Malta, known as ‘The Gordon Asciak Tennis Academy’. During a period of over 17 years he has coached and produced most of Malta’s top players including his son Matthew. The latter managed to achieve the number 4 ranking in Europe for the U14 category. The Gordon Asciak Tennis Academy today caters for over 350 junior players. In year 2010 he opened the first two indoor tennis courts in Malta.
In year 2019 he was instrumental in bringing to Malta the Ten Pro Global Junior tour which attracted over 200 players, making it one of the biggest tennis events ever held in Malta.
Today Gordon runs the tennis academy and oversees the training of our top juniors. Gordon has the British LTA Level 2 of coaching and the ITF Level 2 of coaching.
In the 80s and 90s he dominated the local athletics’ scene particularly in the 5,000metres and 10,000 metres. Throughout his career he took part in three editions of the Games of the Small States of Europe – Monaco (1987), Cyprus (1989) where he won a Bronze Medal in the 10,000 metres. His time of 31 minutes, 21.04 seconds saw him broke the national record and becoming the first medal winner in athletics. He went on to win a silver medal in the same discipline in Andorra in 1991.
In June 1991, he represented Malta in the Mediterranean Games whilst on the 30th August, he competed in the IAAF World Championships in Tokyo – there he established national records on the 5,000metres (15:31.08) and in the 10,000metres (31:3.21)
For a n umber of years he was a regular participant in the Malta Half Marathon. In February 1990 he established the record of 1 hour 7 minutes 19 seconds. A record that stood until February 2020. He was also a two time winner of the Mdina 2 Spinola in 1987 and in 1990.
As of 2000, Gerald started competing in Kayak events. His prowess saw him compete, in 2003, in the World Flatwater Championships, held in Gainsville, Georgia, USA in the 500m and 1000m distances.
In 2014, he formed part of the Maltese Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission.
Over a span of 45 years Alfred Ellul Mercer served in various positions on the Malta Weightlifting committee, from Treasurer to General Secretary and then on to President. He was instrumental in the organization of high international competitions like Commonwealth Championships and European Championships.
He is also a certified International Category 1 referee where he refereed and judged high level competitions both locally and abroad.
After the sudden loss of the founder Charles Mifsud, he took over the helm of the association for the position of President. It was not an easy decision to take as it was a great responsibility to continue with the flourishing of the sport of weightlifting in Malta. He did this with great responsibility and dedication.
In 2010 the Malta weightlifting executive committee and their members honoured him with the position of Honorary President of the Malta Weightlifting Association. His exceptional contribution still flourishes today and is still progressing and continuing to bring success to this sport.
In line with all this he has been a member of the Federazzjoni Maltija Lotta since 1975. He occupied various positions and was involved in organizing many International Competitions. He is still involved in Wrestling and is presently occupying the role of Treasurer.
Throughout the years, he dedicated a lot of energy towards the BMX Malta Association, of which he has been its president since its founding. His work has managed to attract thousands of young people to the sport along the years.
His sporting career goes back from when he was very young and raced for a number of clubsm namely - Qormi CC, Floriana CC, GS Lampolet and the National Team.
After retiring from competitive cycling he thrust himself into administration and coaching, leading the National Team in the Games of the Small States of Europe, held in Andorra in 1991. He is also a co-founder of the International Tour ta’ Malta.
Throughout the years, he has collected a number of honours – most of them in Sicily. Some of the most memorable moments were with the National Team when they competed in the Mediterranean Games – Tunis, 1967 and the pre-Olympic events in Munich in 1971. As a member of the Cycling Federation he served as a Vice President for a number of years. In 2002 he was elected a President of the Federation, a post he holds on to till this very day.
Throughout the years, his efforts to develop cycling have been recognised by various entities – such as the Merit Award by the UEC (Union Européenne de Cyclisme), the People’s Choice Award during the 2016 Sports Awards.
His career with the Malta Football Association saw involvement spanning from 1960 until 1986. As a referee as well as a member of the FIFA/UEFA Panels, he led 18 international games as well as 68 games at Club Level. He was voted Referee of the year for four times.
Throughout these years he was also involved with a number of local Associations including the Malta Basketball Association, Malta Table Tennis Association, Malta Amateur Athletics Asscoation, Federazjoni Klabbs tal-Boċċi, Malta Billiards & Snooker Association and the Malta Cycling Federation.
He also worked in the media both as a presenter and analyst on Television and Radio and was a member of the Executive board of the Għaqda Kittieba Sport as well as the Maltese Olympic Committee between 1984 and 1990.
In 1987, in the Billiards World Championships, held in Belfast, he was runner up to Geet Sehti. In the same year, in India he was also runner up in the Snooker World Championships against Darren Morgan. Ten years later he won the World Championship title when he won against Ashok Shandilya.
Throughout the years he won many titles including the Team Continental Cup in 1997, 1998 and 2000. In 2005 he won the European Team Championship title for Snooker whilst in 2011 he won the European Masters title.
Fl-1993 inghata il-Medalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika. Sentejn ilu kien inhatar bhala Membru Onorarju tal-MFA.
He introduced the Scicluna Cup in which all the participating clubs had a share of the spectators’ fee. He was given the honor of the Order of the British Empire by King George in 1945.