In its continuous efforts to support the efforts of young athletes, the Maltese Olympic Committee announced an investment of €40,000 which will be distributed amongst a pool of young athletes who have shown promise and have already produced some notable results in their sports.

The Youth Elite Scheme aims to provide opportunities to prepare, and support the most promising young athletes on a journey to becoming future medallists for Malta.  Through the Scheme, talented athletes will be given the opportunity to maximise their potential and achieve their personal best by supporting and adding value to an athlete’s current plan with their personal coach

While regular, quality coaching is a key ingredient to progress, the programmes will look to ensure all athletes develop the necessary key areas for their event relating to lifestyle, preparation, performance, physical, mental, tactical and technical aspects.

The pool of athletes was chosen based on their current performances and following discussions with their coaches and National Federations.  Athletes were placed into three tiers of funding– Podium, Elite and Promising.

Podium athletes consist of a small pool of athletes who have already gained podium placings in international competitions and  who have achieved top European rankings in their respective  Youth categories.  Similarly, Elite athletes are athletes who have registered personal bests and national records whilst, as the name implies, the Promising category sees athletes who are showing improvement and upping the game on a regular basis.

“It is our mission to be enablers towards the success of our supported athletes. It is imperative that we build a strong foundation for the future of sport in Malta, in particular for the forthcoming GSSE to be held in Malta in 2023” Paul Sultana, Director and Head of Youth Commission within the Maltese Olympic Committee.  “These athletes’ successes will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of athletes, of whom the future of sport depends on.  We look forward to reading about these athletes’ success stories in the near future”

The athletes which will benefit from the Youth Elite Scheme fund are the following:-

Podium

Golf: Laurens Schulz Doering

Table Tennis: Anthea Cutajar

Sailing: Richard Schultheis

Squash: Kijan Sultana

Tenpin Bowling:  Sara Xuereb

 

Elite

Athletics: Mireya Cassar, Rachela Pace, Kurt Zahra

Badminton: Ksenija Simic

Cycling : Matthew Galea Pirotta

Gymnastics : Ella Borg, Tara Vella Clark

Karate: Alexandra Gatt

Sailing: Antonia Schultheis,  Saul Vassallo

Shooting: Nico Sciberras

Squash: Lijana Sultana

Swimming: Luke Ellul Sullivan, Sasha Gatt, Andrea Mallia, Rudi Spiteri, Leah Tanti, Martina Valletta

Table Tennis: Conrad Puli, James Vella Vidal

Tennis : Liam Delicata

Tenpin Bowling: Matthew Magro, Andrea Mallia

Triathlon: Pavel Dalli, Emilia Vella

Weightlifting: Tenishia Thornton

 

Promising

Archery: Kristian Galea

Athletics: Sara Bartolo, Sarah Chouhal, Alessia Cristina, Luca Farrugia, Jacob Greengrass, Sean Spiteri, Jeremy Zammit

Badminton: Isaac Axisa, Lauren Azzopardi, Francesca Clark, Isaac Ellul

Karate: Matthew Vella

Judo: Estelle Camilleri, Kristy Cauchi

Shooting: Matthias Azzopardi, Mariah Busuttil

Swimming: Andre Camilleri, Emily Grech Carr

Weightlifting: Rylee Borg