Kijan Sultana, Tenishia Thornton declared Flag Bearers for the Opening Ceremony
The Maltese Olympic Committee (MOC) announced its contingent for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games which will be taking place in Birmingham between the 28th July and the 8th August.
Malta will be competing in nine different sports and will be represented by twenty nine athletes, three of which qualified on their own merit.
Director of Sport and Chef de Mission Charlene Attard explained the qualification process that athletes were required to undergo and noted that the Weightlifting athletes were the only athletes to qualify on their own merit. The rest of the athletes, were selected through the open allocation process, but noted that they had reached the Minimum Qualifying Standard established by the MOC.
Julian Pace Bonello, President of the MOC, remarked that the Maltese contingent’s experience varied but nonetheless, present will be some of Malta’s up and coming talent. Joining the contingent will be three members of the 2018 Women’s Fours Lawn Bowls team who brought home a Bronze Medal. Pace Bonello went on to express his gratitude towards the Government of Malta, SportMalta and the Commonwealth Games Federation for the financial assistance provided to athletes for these Games.
He went on to announce that Kijan Sultana (Squash) and Tenishia Thornton (Weightlifting) would be flag bearers for the opening ceremony on the 28th July. Both athletes have produced excellent results in the international sphere with Australia based Under 19 player Sultana winning several international events, whilst Thornton was the first Maltese weightlifter to win the 2022 IWF Youth World Championship title in the 55kg Category. She also went on to win the European Union Cup last week.
The Maltese Contingent will be accompanied by President Julian Pace Bonello, Secretary General Kevin Azzopardi, Paul Sultana (Deputy Chef de Mission), Dr Lucienne Attard, Milos Stanisjvelic, Julian Rizzo Naudi and Dr Kurstein Sant (Medical) Team, David Azzopardi and Daniel Tanti Farrugia as Officials.
Team Malta Contingent
Athletes: Claire Azzopardi, Charlotte Wingfield, Janet Richard, Carla Scicluna
Coach/Official: Rebecca Sare
Athletes: Matthew Abela, Sam Cassar
Coach/Official: Matthew Haynes
Athlete: Aiden Buttigieg
Coach/Official: Etienne Bonello
Athletes: Isaac Bezzina, Katryna Esposito
Coach/Official: Aurelien Fleisz
Athletes: Connie Rixon, Rosemarie Rixon, Rebecca Rixon, Iren Attard, Shaun Parnins, Mark Malogorski, Troy Lorimer, Peter Ellul
Coach/Official: Rex Johnston, Joe Saragozza
Athletes: Kijan Sultana, Colette Sultana, Niall Engerer, Lijana Sultana
Coach/Official: Robert Sultana
Athletes: Danica Bonello Spiteri, Keith Galea
Coach/Official: Warren Muscat
Athlete:s Tenishia Thornton, Yazmin Zammit Stevens, Roberta Tabone, Elisa Scicluna
Coach/Official: Jesmond Caruana
Athletes: Gary Giordimaina, Adam Vella
Coach/Official: Jesmond Giordimaina