2019 GSSE Montenegro Games Wrap Up

The Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) came to close on Saturday 1st June with Team Malta bringing home 27 medals – six gold, 12 silver and nine Bronze.

A total of 80 athletes took part in Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volley, Judo, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis and Table Tennis. Despite the total medal tally falling short of two medals, when compared to Malta’s performance in San Marino two years ago, the colour of medals won has improved significantly – six gold compared to four and 12 silver compared to 9 in 2017.


An improvement in this sport has been registered – this is thanks to the changes implemented in the past two years which has seen local operations strengthen and better synergies created between coaches and athletes in the various track and field disciplines.  Lisa Marie Bezzina was truly the golden girl of the games having fulfilled her promise of bring gold in the 5000m and 10000m – her commitment and dedication to bring this result home has been unwavering since her return from a disappointing San Marino two years ago.  Jordan Gusman, a Maltese athlete living away from our shores brought home two Golds (5000m and 10000m) and a Silver in the 1500m, which in his very own words is not his race. Positive performances were provided by Claire Azzopardi and Ian Paul Grech, both of whom brought home a silver medal in the triple jump. Meanwhile Ian Grech also brought a Bronze medal in the long jump. Damien Mizzi, a newcomer to Team Malta secured a Bronze in the 400m.  A disappointing performance from Charlotte Wingfield meant that no medals were secured in the 100m and 200m, however Wingfield was just returning from [...]

By |June 10th, 2019|News|Comments Off on 2019 GSSE Montenegro Games Wrap Up|
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    Maltese contingent at third Summer Youth Olympic Games to compete in four disciplines

Maltese contingent at third Summer Youth Olympic Games to compete in four disciplines

Team Malta is currently preparing to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina where they will join thousands of athletes, representing approximately 156 countries, taking part in the third Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

Malta is being represented by four athletes – Jacob El Aida Chaffey (Athletics – 200 metres),  Francesca Curmi (Tennis – Singles), Rudi Spiteri (Swimming – 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly) and Shelby Mangion Vassallo (Weightlifting).

Malta’s flag will be carried by Francesca Curmi during the Opening Ceremony to be held on Saturday 6th October at the Obelisco de Buenos Aires (Obelisk of Buenos Aires) a national historic monument and icon of Buenos Aires.

The competition Schedule for Maltese athletes is as follows:-

8th October
Tennis Singles (First Round)
Francesca Curmi

9th October
Swimming 50m Freestyle (Heats)
Rudi Spiteri

10th October
Swimming 50m Butterfly (Heats)
Rudi Spiteri

12th October
Weightlifting 63kgs
Shelby Mangion Vassallo

13th October
Athletics 200m (Stage 1)
Jacob El Aida Chaffey


The Maltese Contingent is being led by the Director of Sport Ivan Balzan as Chef de Mission.

For more information on the Youth Olympic Games please visit or the Maltese Olympic Committee Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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    The winning streak continues:- Elaine Genovese and Francesca Curmi secure place in ITF Women’s Circuit Semi-Finals

The winning streak continues:- Elaine Genovese and Francesca Curmi secure place in ITF Women’s Circuit Semi-Finals

Francesca Curmi, following on from her impressive display last week which saw her come through winning the ITF Junior Grade 2 Tournament, returns this week to the ITF Women’s Circuit Tournament being played in Hammamet, Tunis, joining up with Maltese tennis star Elaine Genovese in the female doubles.

The Maltese duo played the quarter-finals today against third seeds Sandra Samir and Cindy Burger, the latter having a solid Career High Singles Ranking of (134). Genovese and Curmi gave a spectacular performance, with Curmi and Genovese winning comfortably 6-2, 6-4.

Genovese who has enjoyed a lot of success in the past with notable highlights and Curmi who is Malta’s rising star have shown to be strong contenders on Court, both of whom are current professional players trained at Asciak Tennis Academy under the direction of coach Matthew Asciak.

Looking ahead, the girls now await to play their semi-finals scheduled for today, Friday 9th February against the Serbian Natalija Kostic and Jelena Simic from Bosnia.

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Historic Win – Francesca Curmi Winner G2 ITF under 18

Francesca Curmi at the young age of 15 is the first ever Maltese player to win an ITF U18 Grade 2 Junior tournament. This tournament win is another milestone for Francesca and improves her world ranking to one of the top junior players of the World.

Throughout the week in Tunisia Francesca had a number of tough opponents namely Flavie Brugnone (FRA) 3-6 6-3 6-0, Destinee Martins (GBR) 2-6 6-3 6-1 considered to be one of Britain’s answer to the William sisters, Selma Stefania Cadar(ROM) 6-1 6-2 ranked 2 under 18 in Romania, Anastasia Tikhonova (RUS) 7-6(7) 5-7 6-4 a team member of under 16 Russian European winning team. In the final Francesca beat Carole Monnet (FRA) 5-7 7-5 6-3. Francesca played over 14 hours of competitive Tennis in 5 days.

During 2018, Francesca will be competing in various ITF Junior and Pro Tournaments and will be playing for Malta both in the Federation Cup and the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.

Francesca trained in Serbia between the age of 12 to 14 and has been training with the Asciak Tennis Academy together with Tennis Coach Matthew Asciak and Physical Trainer Dalibor Susa from Croatia for the past 5 months.

Results can be viewed via the link below.

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Maltese Olympic Committee honours 2017 GSSE Medal Winners

The Maltese Olympic Committee hosted an awards evening to honour medal winning athletes at the 2017 Games of the Small States of Europe in San Marino in June.  In total, Malta’s athletes brought home twenty-nine medals – four gold, nine silver and sixteen bronze.

Attending the evening were athletes forming part of the Maltese Contingent, Maltese Olympic Committee Executive Board members, the Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations Dr. Clifton Grima as well as members of the media.

GSSE Chef de Mission William Beck welcomed those present and gave a recap of Malta’s participation in the games where eighty-eight athletes took part in all twelve disciplines – Archery, Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volley, Boules (Raffa), Cycling, Judo, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.

In a brief address, Hon. Dr. Grima said “We are very proud and grateful towards you since you are the people who give their 100% when representing your country. You are the persons who should feel proud and privileged whenever you are representing our country. You are the elite of Maltese sport and  Malta’s the best local talent.”  The Parliamentary Secretary stated that as an athlete, one has to set an example all year round to those who are younger in age, who look up to athletes as role models. Currently the Secretariat has started working on educational campaigns aiming to bring young people closer to various sport disciplines.

Prior to the presentation of bonuses to the medal winners, MOC President Julian Pace Bonello thanked athletes, families, coaches, national federations, Government, Sport Malta, sponsors and the media for supporting the Committees work. Pace Bonello pledged the commitment of the MOC towards providing athletes the best possible opportunities to develop themselves in their field and [...]

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GSSE 2017 – Genovese, Curmi take Silver in Doubles

Elaine Genovese and Francesca Curmi  put up a spirited performance in the  women’s doubles final against Cyprus duo Raleca Serban and Maria Siopchan however had to settle for Silver against top seed Serban who made all the difference with powerful play.

Curmi, is the youngest member of the Maltese contingent,  who in her first appearance at the GSSE, also won bronze in the singles competition.

This was Genovese’s third medal in the Games after winning the bronze medal in the singles and mixed doubles.

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GSSE 2017 – Genovese & Curmi settle for Bronze in Tennis

Tennis players Elaine Genovese and Francesca Curmi lost in the semi-finals of the women’s singles and will have to settle with the bronze medal.

Genovese was up against top seed Raluca Serban, of Cyprus, and the Romanian-born player showed all her prowess when she cantered to a 6-1 6-1 victory.

Curmi, on the other hand, put up a spirited challenge against Luxembourg’s Eleonora Molinaro but was still not enough as the 14-year-old suffered a 6-4 6-3 defeat.

Photo Credit: Maria Vella-Galea

By |June 1st, 2017|News|Comments Off on GSSE 2017 – Genovese & Curmi settle for Bronze in Tennis|