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    Maltese Contingent for XVII Mediterranean Games Announced  

Maltese Contingent for XVII Mediterranean Games Announced  

Shooter Brian Galea chosen as flag bearer.

The Maltese Olympic Committee has today announced the contingent that will be representing Malta at the forthcoming XVIII Mediterranean Games which will be held in Tarragona, Spain between the 22nd June and the 1st July.

The Games will see eleven Maltese athletes join over 4,000 athletes representing 26 National Olympic Committees from the three continents surrounding the Mediterranean Sea: Africa (5), Asia (2) and Europe (19).

Team Malta will be taking part in Athletics, Bowls, Golf, Shooting, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

“The Mediterranean Games are considered as a stepping stone for the Olympic Games in the level of competitiveness, with the difference that participating nations are limited to those countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.  The level of competition in these Games has therefore increased over the years,  “explained Julian Pace Bonello, President, Maltese Olympic Committee. “We are pleased to see our athletes join this international experience from which we are sure they will benefit”.

The first athletes to compete will be those taking part in Shooting and Weightlifting competitions which will kick off on Saturday 23rd June.

“First of all, the MOC would like to thank the National Federations for their full co-operation with the Director of Sport and the Committee to ensure that athletes followed the guidelines to achieve the Minimum Qualifying Standard in order to be eligible for consideration, we are confident that they will be giving their best” continued William Beck, Deputy President and Chef de Mission. “We are pleased to note that all athletes and coaches will be accommodated within the same complex. This, I believe is important for moral support especially in view of the timing of these Games which are at the same time as the football World [...]

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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|
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    Team Malta gearing up for XXI Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.  

Team Malta gearing up for XXI Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.  

 

Almost all members of Team Malta have arrived on the Gold Coast and are settling into life in the XXI Commonwealth Games’ Athlete’s Village ahead of the fast approaching Commonwealth Games which kick off on Thursday 5th April.

Benefitting from an earlier arrival, to ward off jetlag symptoms, Maltese athletes have already settled into a training routing and familiarising themselves with the facilities and getting used to the general atmosphere in Australia.

“Team Malta are settling in nicely and are now enjoying the state of the art facilities that  have been set up for these Games “ explained Paul Sultana, Chef de Mission of the Maltese contingent.   “Malta is looking forward to be part of eleven days of world-class sporting competition.  Team spirit is very high and we are positive that our athletes will be giving it their all in the coming days”.

The Official Welcome ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday 3rd April at the Athletes’ Village and will also be attended by the Prime Minister of Malta, Hon. Dr. Joseph Muscat and his Delegation, whilst the Opening Ceremony will take place in the Carrara Stadium on Wednesday 4th April and Malta’s Flag bearer will be the young wrestler Gary Giordimaina.

Team Malta will be competing in Athletics,  Cycling, Gymnastics, Lawn Bowls, Shooting, Squash, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

Team Malta’s first commitments will kick off on Thursday 5th April with the following schedule:-

Squash
Men/Women’s Singles Preliminary Event

Daniel Zammit-Lewis (MLT) vs. Klaus Pragassen (SEY)

 

Dianne Kellas (MLT) vs.  Faiza Zafar (PAK)

 

Colette Sultana (MLT) vs. Samantha Hennings (CAN)

Lawn Bowls

Lawn Bowls –Women’s Fours

 

 

Men’s Pairs

Preliminary

 

 

Connie Leigh Rixon/ Rebecca Rixon / Rosemary Rixon / Sharon Callus (MLT)

Malta has been drawn in Section B against England, Northern Ireland, Fiji and India.

 

Brendan Aquilina / Shaun Parnis (MLT)

Malta [...]

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    Twenty Five athletes to represent Malta at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Twenty Five athletes to represent Malta at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

On 4 April 2018, Malta will be joining over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories who will converge on the Gold Coast for the twenty first edition of the Commonwealth Games.

Chef de Mission Paul Sultana announced that Team Malta will consist of 25 athletes, which meets the quota allocated to Malta by the Commonwealth Games Federation. From the eighteen sporting disciplines present at the Games, Maltese athletes will be competing in eight,  namely Athletics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Lawn Bowls, Squash, Shooting, Wrestling and Weightlifting.  Sultana went on to explain that following an onsite visit, he can attest to the high level of preparation that went into the venues and the athletes village which augur well for a spectacular Games.

Director of Sport Ivan Balzan described the selection process which was carried out by means of Minimum Qualifying Standards that each Federation was expected to meet in order to be considered for Games qualification. Balzan explained that he was pleased with the level of close cooperation between the MOC and Federations involved. He went on to explain that regular communication was undertaken to ensure that all parties were fully informed of the progress registered.

MOC President Julian Pace Bonello concluded the press conference by expressing his gratitude towards athletes and Federations who have shown their commitment towards these Games. The MOC is confident that the preparation put in by Maltese athletes will produce some positive results for Malta.  Pace Bonello went on to encourage the general public to follow and support Team Malta through the various social media channels of the Maltese Olympic Committee.

Pace Bonello went on to announce  Team Malta’s Flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony.  Young wrestler Gary Giordimaina was chosen for this [...]

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