The annual weightlifting European Small Nations tournament is set to take place this weekend in Reykjavik, Iceland. The competition will see teams from Cyprus, San Marino, Iceland and other small nations challenge Malta’s top team on Saturday. Vlad Baldacchino, Matthew Camilleri and Rodmar Pulis will be representing Malta from the men’s side while commonwealth Games 7th place finisher Yazmin Zammit Stevens along with Elisia Scicluna and Shelby Mangion Vassallo will be representing for the women.

 

This team will be one of the strongest Malta has ever sent over to a small nations tournament. Home team Iceland have not yet announced their official team, however they are known to have some of the world’s best crossfit athletes with very strong backgrounds in weightlifting. Safe to say they will be bringing their best athletes to the meet, and are ready to put on a show.

 

This competition will be a very important one for our athletes as it is the last opportunity to qualify for the Mediterranean Games set to take place in Tarragona this June. Yazmin Zammit Stevens has already met the qualifying total, while both Elisia Scicluna and Vlad Baldacchino are within a few kilos of doing so. The meet will also be a very important part of Shelby Mangion Vassallo’s  preparation for the youth Olympic Games towards the end of this year. The team will be accompanied

By national team coach and president of the MWA Jesmond Caruana. The newly elected Vice-president of the Commonwealth weightlifting federation flew in from Gold Coast earlier to continue his athletes preparation for this meet.

 

Il-kampjonat annwali tan-Nazzjonijiet Żgħar Ewropej ser ikunu organizzati fi tmiem din il Ġimgħa f’Rekjavik, l-Islanda. Il-kompetizzjoni se tara l-aqwa timijiet minn Ċipru, San Marino, Islanda u nazzjonijiet żgħar oħra li jikkontestaw ma l-aqwa tim minn Malta is-Sibt li ġej. Vlad Baldacchino, Matthew Camilleri u Rodmar Pulis se jkunu jirrappreżentaw lil Malta fil kompetizzjoni maskili, filwaqt li l-atleta li għada kemm kisbet is-7 post tal- logħob tal-commonwealt Yazmin Zammit Stevens flimkien ma ‘Elisia Scicluna u Shelby Mangion Vassallo se jirrappreżentaw għan-nisa.

 

Dan it-tim se jkun wieħed mill-aqwa li Malta qatt bagħtet għall-kampjonat ta ‘nazzjonijiet żgħar. L-Islanda għadha ma ħabbretx it-tim uffiċjali tagħhom, iżda huma fatt magħruf li għandhom wħud l-aħjar atleti tal-crossfit mid-dinja li ser jatgħu sfida qawwija ħafna f`din il-kompetizzjoni. Għalekk ser ikunu lesti li se jġibu l-aqwa atleti tagħhom biex jagħmlu wirja stordinarja quddiem il partitarji tagħhom.

Din il-kompetizzjoni se tkun waħda importanti ħafna għall-atleti tagħna peress li din hija l-aħħar opportunità li jikkwalifika għall-logħob Mediterranju li ser issiru f’Tarragona f’Ġunju li ġej. Yazmin Zammit Stevens diġà għamlet it-total kwalifikanti, filwaqt li kemm Elisia Scicluna u Vlad Baldacchino huma fi ftit kilos milli jagħmlu hekk. Il-kompetizzjoni se tkun ukoll parti importanti ħafna tal-preperazzjoni ta ‘Shelby Mangion Vassallo għall-Logħob Olimpiku taż-żgħażagħ lejn tmiem din is-sena.

It-Tim ser imexxi mil-kowċ nazzjonali u president tal-MWA Jesmond Caruana. Huwa għadu kemm gie elett Vici-president tal-federazjoni tal-weightlifting tal-commonwealth. Huwa gie lura Malta min Gold Coast aktar kmieni sabiex ikun jista jkompli jiprepara bi sħiħ lil atleti ghal din il kompetizzjoni tant important.

Jesmond Caruana