Philippa Busuttil, accompanied by her coach, Dario Santacroce, represented Malta at the 6th Mediterranean Artistic Gymnastics Championships. This prestigious event was held in Istanbul, Turkey, between October 20th and October 22nd, 2023. Philippa’s participation marked her second appearance at the Mediterranean Artistic Gymnastics Championships, an event organised by Comegym.
The Championships featured male and female gymnasts from the Junior National teams of Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, Cyprus, and Jordan, making it a highly competitive event.
In the qualifying rounds, Philippa faced fierce competition, especially from Italy and Turkey, each fielding a team of three exceptionally strong gymnasts. Philippa’s performance secured her a 6th place all-around finish from 9 participants, earning her a well-deserved place in the Finals events for Balance Beam, Uneven Bars, and Floor.
The highlight of her performance came on the Balance Beam, where Philippa delivered a solid routine, resulting in a silver medal placement with less than 0.4 points separating her from the top position. It is a particularly significant achievement for Philippa, who narrowly missed bronze medals by 0.1 points on both Balance Beam and Floor in the previous Championships.
This victory marks a historic moment for Maltese gymnastics as Philippa Busuttil becomes the first Maltese gymnast to secure a medal at the Comegym Junior Mediterranean Artistic Gymnastics Championships. This silver medal represents a significant achievement for the gymnastics community in Malta.
It is a proud moment for the Malta Gymnastics Federation, and it symbolizes the immense potential that Maltese athletes possess on the international stage.