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    Maltese Olympic Committee announces beneficiaries of Youth Elite Scheme

Maltese Olympic Committee announces beneficiaries of Youth Elite Scheme

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 [...]

By |July 6th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Maltese Olympic Committee announces beneficiaries of Youth Elite Scheme|

2019 GSSE Press Conference

The Maltese Olympic Committee cordially invites you to a Media Conference in relation to the forthcoming Games of the Small States of Europe, which will take place in Montenegro between the 27th May and 1st June.

During the press conference, members of the Maltese Olympic Committee will address those present and will provide details of the latest updates, the delegation representing Malta as well as the announcement of the Flag Bearer for the Opening Ceremony.

Date: Thursday 2nd May, 2017

Time: 11:30 hrs.

Location: Maltese Olympic Committee Head Quarters, National Swimming Pool Complex, Maria Teresa Spinelli Street, Gzira

The Media will be addressed by:

Mr. Julian Pace Bonello – President ,Maltese Olympic Committee

Mr. Ivan Balzan  – Director of Sports, Maltese Olympic Committee

Mr. Paul Sultana – Director, Maltese Olympic Committee and GSSE 2019 Chef de Mission

Ms. Maria Vella-Galea – Director of Media,  Maltese Olympic Committee



·       In attendance will be a number of athletes forming part of Team Malta.

·       Your attendance, together with any member of your media team would be greatly appreciated.

·       Refreshments will be served at the end of the conference.

·       Any media queries are to be directed to Ms. Maria Vella-Galea, Director of Media & Public Relations on 9981 2345 or

By |April 25th, 2019|Events, News|Comments Off on 2019 GSSE Press Conference|

Maltese Olympic Committee Celebrates Sporting Excellence

The Maltese Olympic Committee celebrated sporting excellence at the annual Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards held on Friday evening in Attard.

Each year the Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards recognise the efforts, commitment, dedication and results achieved by local athletes competing and representing Malta in international sporting competitions organised under the auspices of the International Federation of that sport or a recognised and reputable International Sport Organisation.

With 2018 being the year of the XXII Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the XVII Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Maltese sport was particularly celebrating the medals won in these Games – namely Bronze Medal in Shooting (Brian Galea) and Lawn Bowls (Ladies Team) at the Commonwealth Games and the Bocci/Raffa Medal (Stefan Farrugia) in the Mediterranean Games.

However, the awards and recognition bestowed is not limited to these Games and the Maltese Olympic Committee is proud of the numerous achievements that Maltese athletes registered in various competitions around the world throughout the past year.

“The Adjudicating Committee did not have an easy job when assessing the nominations. Maltese athletes have shown nothing but dedication and sacrifice to ensure their best possible performances on the international sphere” remarked Julian Pace Bonello, President, Maltese Olympic Committee. “It is always encouraging to see returning faces to the awards meaning that these athletes are still top of their game, whilst even more reassuring to see new and young faces which means a good promise for Maltese sport especially in view of the 2023 Games of the Small States of Europe which will be hosted in Malta.”

William Beck, Deputy President and Chairman of the Sports Awards Organising Committee explained that the criteria for the selection of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were based [...]

By |December 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Maltese Olympic Committee Celebrates Sporting Excellence|
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    Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards to be held on Friday, 7th December

Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards to be held on Friday, 7th December

The Maltese Olympic Committee (MOC) has announced that the 17th edition of the Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards will take place on Friday 7th December at the Corinthia Palace  Hotel.

The MOC Sports Awards will be bestowed upon athletes and teams who have distinguished themselves in major international competitions organised under the auspices of the International  Federation of that sport or a recognised and reputable International Sport Organisation as well as games held under the MOC umbrella such as the Commonwealth and Mediterranean Games.   Sporting Associations and Federation as well as Local Councils have been invited to submit nominations for achievements during the competition period 16 October 2017 and 15 October 2018.  On the evening, new members to the Maltese Olympic Committee Hall of Fame will be announced and inducted.

“The Maltese Olympic Sports Awards are where we celebrate Maltese athletes’ sporting excellence.  It is where their commitment and dedication that translated into international success is congratulated” commented Julian Pace Bonello, President, Maltese Olympic Committee.

The Maltese Olympic Committee also announced that guest of honour for the evening will be female Shooter Alessandra Perilli from San Marino.  Olympian Perilli has a long list of achievements in the international sphere including two Olympic Games – London and Rio as well as regular participation in World Championships of which she won two coveted first places in Nicosia (2015) and Sydney and Concepcion in 2011. More recently she won Gold Medal in Trap at the 2018 Tarragona Mediterran Games

The MOC Sports Awards will be televised live on TVM2.

By |December 6th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards to be held on Friday, 7th December|


The Maltese Olympic Committee is looking for a sports administrator, who will be responsible for carrying out a number of administrative tasks across a wide range of functions.

Priority will be given to raising sponsorship, maintaining databases, and implementing project management processes to ensure everything runs smoothly. Other tasks will include organising and scheduling sports events and updating the MOC website and social media pages. The administrator will essentially be responsible for making sure that all MOC’s events and initiatives are run efficiently and cost-effectively.

Key responsibilities:
– Carrying out administrative duties, using systems and processes relevant to the organisation
– Coordinating and raising sponsorship
– Ensuring administrative systems, processes and databases are efficient and well managed administrative support to managerial staff and heads of organisations
– Organising meetings, training, coaching, festivals, conferences and other events
– Promotion of sport in schools, working with students or young people
– Liaising with member national sport governing bodies
– Consulting with clients, members, the community and local sporting organisations
-Advising sports federations on areas such as organisation, funding, promotion and regulations
– Undertaking or commissioning research and collating, mapping and monitoring data
– Producing promotional literature, reports and event materials and liaising with marketing and media organisations
-Making presentations to grant-making bodies and/or relevant authorities
-Managing, supervising and training staff, and sometimes running an office

Working Hours
Full-time (40h/week)

Any applicant with a recognised qualification in sports administration, marketing, sports science, physical education, business studies will be given preference.  Prior experience of organising or volunteering in sporting events/activities are also an asset.

The applicant must also possess strong IT skills and be willing to learn new systems quickly (such as Database management).
Ability to communicate fluently and confidently in written and [...]

By |August 24th, 2018|News|Comments Off on CAREER OPPORTUNITY | SPORTS ADMINISTRATOR|
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    Team Malta delivers strong performance at COJI games to bring home 53 Medals  

Team Malta delivers strong performance at COJI games to bring home 53 Medals  

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 [...]

By |June 2nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on Team Malta delivers strong performance at COJI games to bring home 53 Medals  |

Mental Health in Sport: Let’s Talk about it

On Monday 4th  & Tuesday 5th June 2018, the Maltese Olympic Committee in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity will be hosting their annual medical conference. This year’s event will be exploring the contemporary issue of mental health in sport. This conference seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues in sport and explore contemporary research in the field and strategies to support athletes.


Confirmed speakers:

Dr David Fletcher – Loughborough University, UK

Graziella Thake – The Optimisation Hub, Australia

Dr Nigel Camilleri, University of Malta

Dr Danica Bonello Spiteri, University of Malta

Dr Adele Muscat, National Sports School, Malta

Registration is mandatory but free until 31st May.

Following this date, Conference fees, including refreshments and lunches are just €35, whilst a day fee will be charged at €25.

Conference starts at 9am and is expected to finish by 16:30hrs.

For more information please contact: Dawn Aquilina –


By |May 5th, 2018|Events, News|Comments Off on Mental Health in Sport: Let’s Talk about it|
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    Brian Galea lands Bronze Medal in Trap Competition in the Commonwealth Games

Brian Galea lands Bronze Medal in Trap Competition in the Commonwealth Games

Shooter Brian Galea delivered a remarkable performance at this morning’s trap competition, to secure his place on the podium and take home another Bronze Medal for Malta

With qualifications spread over two days, Galea confirmed his potential when he shot 48 from 50 clays. The going got tougher on day two of qualification when in the final three rounds of qualification he finished with a combined score of 117, leaving him in the sixth place, tied, with Kynan Chenai of India.

It was a nail biting situation at Belmont Shooting Range when a shoot off between him and Chenai was to decide if Galea was to be the final shooter to take his place in the final round. With great concentration, Galea managed to edge out Chenai with a score of 4-3.

Galea’s performance in the final round was nothing short of impressive when he hit 36 clays and securing his first medal in the Commonwealth Games.

“This was such a fitting way to wrap up the Commonwealth Games. Malta is very happy with this result, which shows the dedication and commitment that athletes like Brian Galea give towards their sport” enthused Julian Pace Bonello, President, Maltese Olympic Committee.

“Today is a truly emotional moment for me, as it is the result of months of hard work and preparation. I am grateful for the support that the Shooting Federation and the Maltese Olympic Committee have given me as without it, I would not have achieved this result. I genuinely hope that I have made Malta proud with this result” – Brian Galea, Bronze Medalist, Commonwealth Games.

Malta’s commitments at the XXI Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast have now come to an end, all that remains is the closing ceremony [...]

By |April 14th, 2018|Events, News|Comments Off on Brian Galea lands Bronze Medal in Trap Competition in the Commonwealth Games|

GC2018 – News Update – 12th April

Squash Duo Hindle/Zammit-Lewis make it to top sixteen in the Gold Coast
As the XXI Commonwealth Games are slowly coming to an end, Maltese athletes today took part in wrestling and squash competitions.

Gary Giordimaina took the floor this morning, when he competed in the first rounds of the 57kgs competition.  A strong draw against Muhammad Bilal resulted in a victory by technical superiority for Bilal, who went on to win a Bronze medal following his match with George Ramm (ENG).

There was more joy in the Squash Courts when Men’s Doubles pair Bradley Hindle and Daniel Zammit-Lewis won comfortably against St. Vincent and the Grenadines pair Jason Doyle and Jules Snaggs. This win saw the pair make it to the top sixteen,  however a draw against English pair James Willstrop and Declan James put an end to their participation in the Games.

Mixed Doubles pair Dianne Kellas and Bradley Hindle, despite losing out in their last match,  put up a good fight against England pair Alison Walters and Daryl Selby, currently ranked tenth in the world.

As the Games are now nearing the end, Team Malta’s commitments will see participation in shooting when Brian Galea will seek qualification for Trap Finals,  whilst Adam Vella will hit the mats in the 65kg category in Wrestling. Finally on Saturday Maltese cycling duo David Treacy Schembri and Alex Smyth will undertake the 168km road race.

By |April 13th, 2018|Events, News|Comments Off on GC2018 – News Update – 12th April|

GC 2018 News Update – 10th April

Another busy day for  Team Malta in the Gold Coast today, when eleven athletes took part in Athletics, Shooting, Lawn Bowls and Squash.


The searing heat that hit the Carrara Stadium did not deter Ian Grech’s efforts to register a new personal best result of 7.43 in the Men’s Long Jump Qualifying rounds.

Andrew Cassar Torregiani jumped 6.87 in his first major international competition.

Charlotte Wingfield took part in the 200m Heats, and clocked a time of 24.40.

Lawn Bowls

Maltese lawn bowlers, had a bit of a disappointing day at Broadbeach today, when the Ladies Pairs, siblings Connie-Leigh and Rebecca Rixon suffered two defeats against England and Australia.   In the first match, England proved their strength by the eighth end, when the score was 14 – 2 for England. Despite valiant efforts England were too strong and the match ended 23 -10.  In the game against host country Australia, the Maltese girls had a narrower defeat. Gaining the upper hand the girls had the lead until the sixteenth end, when Australia obtained and draw. Motivated by this, Australia went on to beat Malta 18 – 14.

In the Men’s Singles, Brandon Aquilina played a very close match against Daniel Salmon (Wales), however lost with a score of 21-18.  but won over Philip Jones (Norfolk Islands) and Taiki Paniani (Cook Islands).


Eleanor Bezzina gave another strong performance today in the 25m Pistol Precision and Rapid Qualification.  Bezzina qualified to take part in the final after gaining seventh place with result of 571-18x.  In the final competition, Bezzina missed out on Bronze medal for points. Nevertheless, this result is a strong one for Bezzina who only recently took up this particular discipline.


In Oxenford, it was time for Malta to take to the [...]

By |April 10th, 2018|Events, News|Comments Off on GC 2018 News Update – 10th April|