Team Malta delivered one of its best performances ever at the Comité d’Organisation des Jeux des Iles (COJI) in Sicily. The medal tally from Maltese athletes was brought to fifty three medals – 10 Gold, 11 Silver and 32 Bronze.
Team Malta, which was made up of athletes aged between 14 and 16 years of age, competed in field of over 1,000 athletes representing twelve countries – the Azores, Balearic Islands, Corfù, Corsica, Elba, Guyana, Jersey, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Sicily and Sardegna.
Medals were won in all the disciplines Malta took part in – Athletics, Gymnastics, Karate, Table Tennis, Sailing and Swimming.
Athletics produced the highest Gold medal tally with 7 medals, whilst a further 8 Silver and 4 Bronze medals were also brought home by the Athletics team. Remarkable performances were registered by the El Aida Chaffey twins – Jacob and Omar, the former claiming three Gold medals, whilst the latter claimed two Gold and two Silver medals. Notable performances were registered by Sarah Chouhal who claimed two gold medals in Relay and Hammer and a Bronze in the 400m, showing a comfortable transition from field to track. Other noteworthy performances were registered by Alessia Cristina, Rachela Pace and Suzanne Buttigieg in the female relay race who brought another Gold for Malta. Mariah Zahra’s efforts in Discus also brought a Gold Medal. Kurt Zahra, a member of the male relay gold medal winning team, registered a national best in the 200m and is the first Maltese U16 athlete to register a time below 23 seconds in the 200m race.
Swimming brought in the highest tally of medals with two silver in the Male and Female relay teams and eighteen bronze medals in the various disciplines. Apart from [...]