Malta will once again be present for the COJI Jeux des Îles, taking place in Mallorca between today and the 29th of May.
The Maltese contingent, accompanied by Chef de Mission Nigel McCarthy and Vicky Cutajar Licari from the MOC Secretariat consists of forty-three athletes who will be competing in Athletics, Gymnastics, Karate, Sailing, Swimming, and TableTennis.
These Games were incepted in 1989 and their objective is to develop a means of social integration between European countries by promoting cultural and sports exchanges targeting young islanders. The Games are open to athletes between the ages of 9 and 17 and Malta has been taking part in these Games since 2004.
“These Games are the perfect opportunity for the next generation of athletes vying to represent Malta internationally. Malta’s history in these Games has been very positive with several athletes eventually progressing to higher level events, with this being their first event with the Maltese Olympic Committee” remarked Nigel McCarthy, MOC Executive Board Member and Chef de Mission.
Ella Fenech Attard (Swimming) and Matthew Camilleri (Sailing) were chosen as flag bearers for the Opening Ceremony.
The Maltese Contingent is made up of the following:-
Athletics:Kareem Luca Chouhal, Shaneisa Azzopardi, Mirae Micallef, Anthea Cassar, Sonique Gatt, Jade Bord, Paula Sammut, Aidan Micallef.
Officials: Antonella Chouhal, Anthony Fava
Gymnastics:Philippa Busuttil, Faith Anouk Cassar Fenech, Hannah Grech, Lyana Curmi Inguanez
Officials: Francesca Borg, Dario Santacroce, Nataliya Berehova
Karate: Emma Mizzi, Kaya Sultana Valentine, Cristina Tonna
Official:: Joseph Mizzi
Sailing:Poyraz Fidanboy, Marianne Heller, Matthew Camilleri, Katie Muscat Frendo
Officials: Ruya Cakmakli, Panagiotis Papadakis
Swimming:Liam Rodenas, Zea Caruana Garzia, Julienne Woods, Luca Grixti, Caine Schembri, Martina Camilleri, Ella Fenech Attard, Roanna Farrugia, Sophia Allen, Matthew Satariano
Official : Jeffrey Galea
Table Tennis: Luke Fenech, Luke Bonello
Official: Peter Borg Cardona