Malta Amateur Athletic Association hold Challenge Meeting 3

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On Saturday 14th April, the MAAA organised Challenge Meeting 3 at the Matthew Micallef St John Stadium. Despite the windy conditions, the meeting attracted close to 250 athletes including a number of British athletes. The meeting also saw two new National Records in the Hammer events and another in the Men’s 110m Hurdles.

Sarah Busuttil of Rush AC was one of the outstanding athletes of the day. Not only did she win the 100m and 200m Women Open but she also achieved the qualifying mark for the 2018 Championships of the Small States in Liechtenstein in June in both events. In the 100m, she clocked 12.31 to precede Rachel Fitz (Allcomers) by a mere three-hundredths of a second. Sarah then won the 200m in a time of 25.09 while Annalise Vassallo (Zurrieq Wolves) clinched second place in a time of 26.13.

In the Women’s Long Jump there was another close contest between the two Pembroke jumpers Claire Azzopardi and Rebecca Sare. This time round, Claire Azzopardi won the event in 5.60m.

In the Women’s Hammer event, Catriona Cuschieri (St Patricks) recorded a best throw of 41.02m to smash her own U20 National Record. In the Men Open Hammer, Mario Mifsud (Allcomers AC), had a best throw of 49.86 to break his own new national record.

In the 10000m, Lisa Bezzina (Pembroke) set a new personal best of 36:00:86 and in so doing achieved the MQS for the 2019 Small Nations Games in Montenegro. The Men’s 10000m proved to be a close tussle between Charlton Debono (Athletix AC) and Luke Micallef (Pembroke AC) who was running this distance for the first time.  The race was decided in the final 200m with Charlton emerging winner in a time of 32:28.36.

The Men’s 100m and 200m were dominated by the visiting British athletes although there were some interesting results by the Maltese sprinters. In the 200m Bradley Mifsud (Pembroke AC) continued to impress by beating the more experienced Steve Camilleri (Pembroke) and Luke Bezzina (St Patrick’s). Mifsud ran a very promising time of 22.17.

The Men’s 400m was won by British athlete Jack Hocking in a fast time of 48.48 but in the final straight Matthew Croker (Savio AC) had to withstand a strong challenge from youngster Omar Elaida (Starmax). Croker edged out Elaida by a mere 0.02 secs to win third place in a time of 50.54. Another interesting youngster Kerstein Micallef (Rush AC) registered a good time of 51.67.

In the Men’s 1100m Hurdles Daniel Saliba (Pembroke) was the only competitor on the day but undeterred by the windy conditions he sailed over the hurdles to set a new national record of 15.79.

The Men’s 1500m and 5000m were dominated from start to finish by Mellieha athletes Philip Vella and Andrew Grech. Philip Vella won the 1500m in a time of 4:18.99 while Andrew Grech won the 5000m in 15.58.00.

The Girls’ U-16 100m produced some very good results. The race was won by Rachela Pace (Pembroke) in a time of 12.65 but the three Rush AC girls all ran below 13 seconds.  Kayleigh Chetcuti was second in 12.80, Sarah Chouhal third in 12.82 and fourth runner Kimahri Charles clocked 12.97. The U-16 Boys’ 100m was also a fast race.  Kurt Zahra (Rush AC) won the race in 11.74 with Jeremy Zammit (Pembroke) providing some stiff opposition with his time of 12.06.

In the Girls’ U-16 400m, Sarah Chouhal was in a class of her own with a victory in an impressive time of 1:00.42 while in the Boys’ U-16 400m Kurt Zahra won his second event of the day in a time of 55.83 but was closely challenged by Kyle Caruana who ran 56.35 The Boys’ U-16 1500m was won by Jacob Greengrass (Pembroke) in a time of 4:39.14 with second place going to Gabriel Bonnici (La Salle).

The fourth MAAA Challenge Meeting will be held at the Matthew Micallef St John Stadium on Saturday 21st April. The meeting starts at 13:30.

Source: Malta Amateur Athletic Association hold Challenge Meeting 3 – The Malta Independent

Athletes achieve qualifying standards for Iceland GSSE

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While there are still another 7 weeks to go for the Iceland Games of the Small States of Europe, 4 athletes have already achieved the MQS set by the MOC for these games.

Kevin Moore, running in far away Australia, has run legal 10.67 seconds in the 100m and 21.57 seconds in the 200m while Rebecca Sare’ competing locally in the Clubs’ League jumped 12.23 metres in the Triple Jump. Charlotte Wingfield also achieved the qualifying standard by running 11.96 in the 100m at a Meeting in Oregon. Rebecca Camilleri competing at the Italian Indoor Championships earlier in the year, jumped 6.08 metres, breaking her own Indoor Long Jump national record and is only 1 cm shy of the qualifying standards.

The competitions that the MAAA has lined up for the rest of the season, including today’s Challenge Meeting 3 but also the forthcoming Malta International Competition of the 2nd of May will provide ample opportunity for the Maltese athletes to qualify for this Competition.

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From the Press: The Marsa Athletics Stadium Project

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In December 2009, the Matthew Micallef St. John Athletics Stadium in Marsa was granted to the Malta Amateur Athletic Association on a 49-year lease contract that can be renewed for further periods.

Following the signing of this contract, detailed plans  for the development of the Marsa track and field facility (which includes an IAAF certified Class II 400m track and a warm-up track that measures 140m x 10m) into a High Performance Centre were drawn up.

The plans envisage the development of an area of over 2000 square meters that currently houses the warm-up track and the adjacent private road behind the stands of the athletic stadium.

In the proposed plan, the warm-up track will be turned into an indoor track, while the area above the indoor track and the private road is planned to provide facilities for accommodation, medical and scientific testing, massage, rehabilitation and physiotherapy. The centre will also include a gym and a restaurant area. The new facility can attract different markets. Such a centre will undoubtedly appeal to top sportspersons from different local sporting federations but will also be an attraction to the growing local fitness community. Not least, the centre will have vast potential in the area of Sports Tourism. Finally,it is not excluded that the large sports hall created can have additional business potential in other areas that are not strictly sports related and that the project can be of interest to both local and foreign entrepreneurs

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It is believed that current circumstances may favour the implementation of a project concerning the development of the Matthew Micallef St. John Athletic Stadium in Marsa. It is understood that such a project may not only qualify for EU funding in terms of the draft EU Cohesion Policy for the years 2014 -2020, but it appears that if Section 14 of the electoral programme of the current administration is implemented, then it is likely that sporting associations such as the Malta Amateur Athletic Association may be able to enter into public-private partnerships.

It is anticipated that changes to existing contracts between Government and sporting entities will in the near future allow the Malta AAA to issue a call for ‘An Expression of Interest’ for the development of the Marsa Athletics Stadium.

Edwin Attard

President MAAA

MAAA Schools’ Cross Country Competition – Wednesday 3rd December 2014

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The Malta Amateur Athletic Association is holding a Cross Country Competition for Schools on Wednesday 3rd December 2014. The Cross Country Competition will be held on the grass area around the Marsa Athletic Track.

PROGRAM OF EVENTS

TIME CATEGORY ELIGIBILITY APPROXIMATE DISTANCE
10:00 a.m. Primary School Girls born: 2004 1 kilometre
10:15 a.m. Primary School Boys born: 2004 1 kilometre
10:30 a.m. Cadets Girls born: 2002, 2003 2 kilometres
10:50 a.m. Cadets Boys born: 2002, 2003 2 kilometres
11:10 a.m. Youths Girls born: 2000, 2001 2 kilometres
11:30 a.m. Youths Boys born: 2000, 2001 3.5 kilometres

DISTRIBUTION OF RACE NUMBERS

MAAA officials will start distributing Race Numbers to PE Teachers / School Officials at 9:30 a.m. in the vicinity of the Start Area.

START AND FINISH

The Start and Finish of the MAAA Cross Country Competition will take place in the grass area within the Matthew Micallef St John Athletics Track.

PRIZES

There will be prizes for the first three runners in each race (boys and girls) together with prizes for the first three teams in each of the four races.

OTHER DETAILS:

1. COURSE

The races will be run over a course that will be confined to a grass area

2. NUMBERS

Athletes are to run with the number assigned to them for this competition.

3. ENTRIES

Entries are to be sent on the Official Entry Form by email (please indicate school, surname, name, date of birth, category, sex).

Send entry forms to the following email addresses by not later than 30th November 2014:

Entries are to be sent to Mr A. Fava at the following email address:

ant.fava47@gmail.com

and copied to:

edwin.g.attard@gmail.com

4. ASSISTANCE TO ORGANISERS

In order to ensure the smooth organization of the competition, participating schools, apart from the teacher coaching the team, may be requested, if possible, to provide assistance to the Malta Amateur Athletic Association.

5. TEAM COMPETITION

  • To be eligible for the Team Prize of a particular race, schools must enter at least 4 runners in that race.
  • Each School can enter a maximum of 8 athletes per race.
  • Team positions will be determined by place.
  1. All athletes fielded by a school will be considered to be potential scoring members.
  2. Only the first 4 runners of each team will be considered to be the scoring members.
  3. Team scores shall be the total of the finishing position of each scoring member.
  • The team with the lowest total points is the Team Winner.

Cross Country League 2014/5 – Race 1 – 26th October – In Pictures

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The First Cross Country Event of the Year was organised today, Sunday the 26th of October. The MAAA is pleased that a  large number of children took part in these events. The results of these events are available in the Results section under Cross Country/2014/5. Photos are all courtesy of Wally Galea. Well done to all those who took part.

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The 30th World Mountain Running Championships

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Team Malta took part in the 30th World Mountain Running Championships which were held at Casette di Massa, Tuscany on the 14th of September 2014.
In the Senior Men’s race (11.7km – 1100m elevation climb/450m elevation loss) Charlie Cilia (Agones) was first Maltese runner in ahead of Melvin Mifsud (Zurrieq Wolves Athletics Club) and Gerald Grech (Libertas). Overall they ran faster than representatives of 12 countries including those from Russia, Canada, Turkey, Belgium, Hungary, Serbia, Belarus, Monaco, San Marino and Andorra.
In the Senior Women race (8.4km – 710m elevation climb/245m elevation loss) Angele Sammut (St Patrick’s Athletics Club) was ahead of Carmen Hili (St.Patrick’s). Malta was the only small nation taking part in the Senior Women race and overall they ran faster than representatives of 8 countries including Australia, Turkey, Canada, Serbia, Hungary, Israel, Belarus and Macedonia.
The group was supported by the sponsorship of Perskindol Malta.
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What is Mountain Running
Just like traditional races as we know them, the philosophy of mountain running is based on the time factor, how to reach the finish taking the defined way as fast as possible. Mountain running competitions can be of 2 types: uphill only or uphill & downhill. Distances range from short routes of 3-7km to longer treks up to a maximum of 45km, and there are courses that suit every ability and age group, designed to eliminate danger. Equipment such as backpacks, sticks, ropes and compass are not allowed.
More info from the World Mountain Running Association http://www.wmra.ch

MAAA Road Running League – Siggiewi 5K – Results

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It was a great showing today – 1st race of the season with over 140 athletes taking part.

Well done to all athletes who participated in this event.

The performances and placings of all the athletes who took part in this race are found in the Results section.

Next appointment – Maqluba 5K on the 1st of November

Hope to see you all there !!

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(Photo by Wally Galea, with thanks)

MAAA Road Running League 2014/5 – Siggiewi – 18th October

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PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

CATEGORY

ELIGIBILITY

TIME

DISTANCE

Seniors

born: 1995 or before

3:30 p.m.

5 kilometres

Juniors

born: 1996, 1997

3:30 p.m.

5 kilometres

Intermediates

Born: 1998, 1999

3:30 p.m.

5 kilometres

Start and Finish

The race starts in proximity to the Limestone Heritage on the Siggiewi Bypass;

The race finishes in the paved square at the end of Triq Saura (Siggiewi)

Numbers

Athletes will be assigned new numbers which they are to keep for the rest of the MAAA Road Running Season

Route

The race will start next to the Limestone Heritage on the Siggiewi Bypass. Runners will run downhill towards the roundabout at the end of Triq Mons Mikel Azzopardi and will head towards the next roundabout at the end of Triq Qrendi.

After going round this roundabout, runners will head up Triq il-Kilpa (in the direction of Rabat) and will turn left up Triq il-Providenza. The runners will head past the Tal-Providenza Church and at a turn- round point indicated by a marshal will head back along the same route in the direction of the Siggiewi Bypass.

When they reach the Siggiewi Bypass, runners will run uphill for about 100m but will then turn sharp left into Triq Saura. The race finishes in the paved square at the end of Triq Saura.

Assistance to Organisers

Participating clubs are reminded that as per statute they are to provide at least one helper to the MAAA. These helpers will be given duties of race marshals or finish officials. Please submit the name of your helper/s to ant.fava47@gmail.com by no later than Wednesday 15th October 2014.

Entries

Entries are to be sent in by all participating clubs by Wednesday 15th October 2014. Entries are to be sent to Mr A. Fava at the following email:

ant.fava47@gmail.com cc: cpullicino@hotmail.com

Registrations

Clubs are reminded that all athletes are to be Registered on the Official Registration Form. New registrations and / or Registration Renewals are to be submitted to by Wednesday 15th October 2014. Registrations are to be sent to Mr C. Pullicino at the following email: cpullicino@hotmail.com cc: ant.fava47@gmail.com

Non-Registered Runners

Clubs are asked to check that all runners are duly registered. Non- registered runners may render clubs liable to a fine.

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ETCh 2014 – Results and Pictures

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The Final Standings of the European Team Championships 2014 Third League are as follows:

Cyprus 495
Iceland 487
Israel 471.5
Moldova 446
Azerbaijan 363
Luxembourg 357
Georgia 334.5
Bosnia 323
Montenegro 278
Malta 258
Armenia 249.5
Albania 164
FYR Macedonia 162.5
AASSE 150
Andorra 126

Malta improved on last years performance by one place finishing 10th.

The individual results are available here.

Janet Richard (400m) and Kevin Moore (200m) won their respective events, while Rebecca Camilleri (Long Jump) came second and the 4x100m women relay team came third in their events.

 

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Team Malta for the European Team Championships

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Photo: (Left to right upper row) Mario Mifsud, Luke Bezzina, Rashid Chouhal, Bradley Mifsud, Mark Herrera, Simon Spiteri, Neil Brimmer, Reece Dimech, Hon. Chris Aguis (Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sports), Edwin Attard (President MAAA and Head of Delegation), Jivko Jetchev (Coach), Ian Paul Grech, Steve Camilleri, Karl Farrugia (Coach and Team Leader), Kevin Moore, Andy Grech (Lower row) Antonella Chouhal, Lisa Marie Bezzina, Mona Lisa Camilleri, Joanne Mifsud, Rachel Fitz, Janet Richards, Rebecca Sare’

Team Malta will this weekend compete in the 3rd League of the European Team Championships that are being held in Tbilisi, Georgia. The team is being led by the President of the MAAA Edwin Attard with the help of Team Leader Karl Farrugia and Coaches Jivko Jetchev, Xandru Grech and Ivan Roshnov. The Team is composed of the following athletes.

Athlete Events
Diane Borg 100, 200, 4×100, 4×400
Janet Richard 400, 4×100, 4×400
Lara Scerri 800, 4×400
Mona Lisa Camilleri 1500, 3000 Steeplechase
Lisa Marie Bezzina 3000 m
Giselle Camilleri 5000 m
Kim Camilleri 100mH, High Jump
Charmaine Aquilina 400mH, 4×400
Rebecca Camilleri Long Jump, 4×100
Rebecca Sare’ Triple Jump, 4×100
Joanne Mifsud Pole Vault, Javelin
Antonella Chouhal Shot, Discus, Hammer
Rachel Fitz 4x100m
Kevin Moore 100, 200, 4×100, 4×400
Reece Dimech 400, 4×400
Simon Spiteri 800m
Mark Herrera 1500, 3000 Steeplechase
Charles Cilia 3000m
Andrew Grech 5000m
Bradley Mifsud 110mH, High Jump, Javelin
Daniel Saliba 400mH, 4×400
Ian Paul Grech Long Jump, Triple Jump
Andy Grech Pole Vault, 4×100
Lawrence Ransley Shot
Mario Mifsud Discus
Rashid Chouhal Hammer, 4×100
Steve Camilleri 4x100m, 4x400m
Luke Bezzina 4x100m
Neil Brimmer 4x400m
Matthew Croker 4x400m

For those anxious to follow the competition as it unfolds, the competition website tbilisi2014.com should be your source of real-time information.

We wish all those in Georgia the best of luck

Webmaster@Maaa

 

Rebecca Camilleri and the 4×100 metre Women Relay Team Qualify for Commonwealth Games

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This National Championships was marked by the qualification of our athletes for the forthcoming Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The 4×100 metre Women Relay Team composed of Rebecca Camilleri, Diane Borg, Annalise Vassallo and Rebecca Sare’ ran around the track in the fantastic time of 46.79 seconds, below the Commonwealth qualifying of 46.91.

Rebecca Camilleri broke the National Record twice, first with a jump of 6.31 and then with 6.41, to also qualify for the Commonwealth Games, beating the qualifying mark of 6.20 on both occasions.

Kevin Moore had already qualified for the Commonwealth Games with a National Record run in the 200 m of 21.16.

 

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Weekend Events in Action

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Congratulations to all athletes to took part in National Championships over the weekends. It was a thrilling weekend full of fantastic performances, personal bests, seasonal bests, championship and national records and also athletes qualify for the Commonwealth games.

Well done to all.

Further information soon. The official results are on the way!

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Special thanks to Wally Galea and David Mansfield for their great photos.

 

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Results: Qawra 10K – Jan 5th 2013

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Click here for results of Qawra 10 K.

Clubs are kindly to note that two athletes could not be identified as they were wearing numbers which were not assigned for this year. Your assistance to identify these athletes would be appreciated.

Meanwhile their placing will not affect the team standings which are as follows:

In the Female Team event there are now only three teams competing.

St Patrick’s lead with 41 penalty points followed by Mellieha on 81 and Pembroke on 113.

The League for Male teams sees St Patrick enjoying a lead on 92 penalty points. Next come Mellieha who by-passed Pembroke by one point and are now on 127. Fourth are Zurrieq Wolves on 256 points.

As with the Females, all other teams are now out of competition having failed to field sufficient numbers.

MAAA Awards Dinner 2013

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The Malta Amateur Athletic Association held this year’s Awards Dinner on the 12th December 2013.

In his opening address, MAAA President Anthony Chircop started by wishing, on behalf of the Council of the MAAA, all those present a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New year to all those present for the occasion.

On behalf of the MAAA Council he thanked all the Technical Officials that throughout the year helped the Association to control both the Track and Field and Road Running events.  He explained that the assistance of these officials was essential for the holding of the events.

The main reason for holding this event was to honour the best athletes, male and female, in each Track and Field category. Mr. Chircop explained how the Council selected the Athletes of the Year by using pre-set criteria where athletes are allotted points according to their best performances, performance and participation at the National Championships and International Events, National Records that they may have been registered during the year, as well as for medals won in International competitions abroad.  He congratulated all those who would be receiving the awards.

Last but not least the MAAA President took the opportunity to thank the leaders of the sports authorities, namely the Kunsill Malti Ghal l-Isport and the Malta Olympic Committee in Malta for their continuous assistance during the year.

Mr. Chircop concluding his address by expressing his gratitude for all the members of the Council, present as well as those who had served the MAAA with him throughout the last eighteen years, especially since he had decided not to contest the election for President of the Association in the next MAAA Council election. The time has come, he stated, for the Association to elect a new leader.

The athletes who were awarded honours were the following:-

Cadets
Male Matthew Gauci
Female Francesca Mercieca
Youths
Male Miguel Grixti, Andrea Cristiano and Stefano Pace Parascandalo
Female Janet Richards – Special Commendation to Laura Sammut
Intermediate-
Male Luke Farrugia – Special Commendation to Bradley Mifsud
Female Nicole Gatt
Junior
Male Luke Bezzina
Female Rachel Fitz
Seniors
Male Kevin Arthur Moore
Female Rebecca Camilleri
 
Athletes of the year (Overall)
Male Kevin Arthur Moore
Female Rebecca Camilleri

The awards were presented by The Hon. Luciaco Busuttil, Chairman KMS, Mr. Julian Pace Bonello, President MOC and Mr. Mark Cutajar, Vice President MOC.

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MAAA Cross Country League – Race 3 – Friday 13th December

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On Friday 13th December the Malta Amateur Athletic Association will organize the third competition in the series of five races known as the MAAA 2013-2014 Cross Country League for Cadets and Youths.

The competition will also include a Race for Intermediates which on the day will be combined with the Youths Race. The races will be held on the grass area around the Marsa Athletic Track and the adjacent training grounds.

There will also be Fun Runs for Kids and Cubs. The fun-runs are non-competitive runs.

Start and Finish

The Start and Finish of the MAAA Cross Country Races will be sited in the infield area of the Athletic Track

Programme of Events

TIMETABLE LEAGUE RACE DAY 1 – Friday 13th  December 2013

8:30 Intermediates born: 1997,  1998 3 x 1 lap of approx. 1000m 3.3 km
8:30 Youths born: 1999,  2000 3 x 1 lap of approx. 1000m 3.3 km
8:50 Cadets born: 2001, 2002 2 x 1 lap of approx. 1000m 2.2 km
9:10 Kids born: 2003, 2004 (fun-run) 1 x 1 lap of approx. 1000m 1.1 km
9:20 Cubs born: 2005, 2007 (fun-run) approx. 500m 500m

 

OTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE RACES

1. COURSE

The races will be run over a course that will be confined to the grass area within the Marsa Sports Complex.

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2. NUMBERS

Athletes are to run with the number assigned to them in this year’s League events.

3. ENTRIES

Entries are to be sent by email (please indicate name, surname, date of birth) to the following email addresses by not later than Tuesday 10th December:  Entries are to be sent to Mr A. Fava on the following email: ant.fava47@gmail.com

4. ASSISTANCE TO ORGANISERS

Participating clubs are reminded that they are obliged to provide at least one helper to the Malta Amateur Athletic Association. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR HELPER / S IN ADVANCE OF THE RACE BY WRITING TO:  edwin.g.attard@gmail.com

5. REGISTRATION

Clubs are reminded that all athletes are to be registered on the Official Registration Form. New registrations and / or Registration Renewals are to be submitted to by Tuesday 10th December 2013. Registrations are to be sent to Mr C. Pullicino at the following email:  cpullicino@hotmail.com       cc: ant.fava47@gmail.com

Press Release: Athletes of the Year 2013

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The Malta Amateur Athletics Association has the honour to announce the prime awards for the Track & Field season now nearing its end.  This year 2013 has been another at which our athletes have worn with pride and distinction our national colours and the achievement at the Games for the Small States of Europe in Luxembourg and at the European League Championships in Slovakia have helped in no small way the final decisions taken by the Council.

In this regard the Male Athlete of the Year Award choice has fallen on Arthur Kevin Moore, a worthy descendant of Maltese stock who lives and studies in Australia, winner of a Gold Medal in the 400m and the mainstay in the 4 x 400m relay at the GSSE.  Moore was also Malta’s representative at the World Championships in Moscow with another creditable performance at the one-lap event.

The Award for the Female Athlete of the Year highlights the Spirit of Sport as much as it recognizes the Achievement.  Rebecca Camilleri is the true embodiment of these values, attaining a second placing in the Long Jump at the European Championships and an overall seventh best performance among the fifty European Nations competing concurrently on the day.  Her efforts also meant a National Record in the event, with the speciality later the culprit in a serious injury which will further test the discipline and valiant qualities of this fine example of Maltese sporting talent.

MAAA Cross Country League Race 2 Sunday 17th November 2013

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On Sunday 17th November the Malta Amateur Athletic Association will organize the second competition in the series of five races known as the MAAA 2013-2014 Cross Country League for Cadets and Youths.

The competition will also include a Race for Intermediates which on the day will be combined with the Youths Race. The races will be held on the grass area around the Marsa Athletic Track and the adjacent training grounds.

There will also be Fun Runs for Kids and Cubs. The fun-runs are non-competitive runs.

Start and Finish

The Start and Finish of the MAAA Cross Country Races will be sited in the infield area of the Athletic Track

Programme of Events

TIMETABLE LEAGUE RACE DAY 1 – Sunday 17th November 2013

8:30 Intermediates born: 1997,  1998 3 x 1 lap of approx. 1000m 3.3 km
8:30 Youths born: 1999,  2000 3 x 1 lap of approx. 1000m 3.3 km
8:50 Cadets born: 2001, 2002 2 x 1 lap of approx. 1000m 2.2 km
9:10 Kids born: 2003, 2004 (fun-run) 1 x 1 lap of approx. 1000m 1.1 km
9:20 Cubs born: 2005, 2007 (fun-run) approx. 500m 500m


The races will be run over a course that will be confined to the grass area within the Marsa Sports Complex.
See Route Map.

OTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE RACES

1. COURSE

The races will be run over a course that will be confined to the grass area within the Marsa Sports Complex. See Route Map. 

2. NUMBERS

Athletes are to run with the number assigned to them in this year’s League events.

3. ENTRIES

Entries are to be sent by email (please indicate name, surname, date of birth) to the following email addresses by not later than Wednesday 14th November:  Entries are to be sent to Mr A. Fava on the following email: ant.fava47@gmail.com

 4. ASSISTANCE TO ORGANISERS

Participating clubs are reminded that they are obliged to provide at least one helper to the Malta Amateur Athletic Association. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR HELPER / S IN ADVANCE OF THE RACE BY WRITING TO:  edwin.g.attard@gmail.com

 5. REGISTRATION

Clubs are reminded that all athletes are to be registered on the Official Registration Form. New registrations and / or Registration Renewals are to be submitted to by Wednesday 14th November 2013.

Registrations are to be sent to Mr C. Pullicino at the following email:  cpullicino@hotmail.com       cc: ant.fava47@gmail.com

Maltese Athletes do well at European Kids Athletics Games

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The MAAA Youth Athletics team has recently competed at the European Kids Athletics Games in Brno, Czechoslovakia. Over 1000 athletes took part in this competition and although the competition was though our athletes managed to prevail. The MAAA team won 5 medals – 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.

Gold
Nicole Attard Glivau                                      (Born 1999) 300 m 42.86
Silver
Laura Sammut                                              (Born 1998) 1500 m 4:53.97
Stefano Pace Parascando, Nicholas Cassar Torreggiani, Luke Scicluna, Miguel Grixti        (Born 1998-99) 4×60 m 29.09
Bronze
Janet Richards                                              (Born 1998) 60 m 8.19
300 m 40.85

The team was made up of the following athletes:

Girls
Nicole Attard Glivau, Anthea Camilleri, Catriona Cuschieri, Nadine Gatt, Francesca Mercieca, Janet Richard, Kayley Riolo, Andrea Schwaiger, Laura Sammut
Boys
Nicholas Cassar Torregiani, Nasim Dardouri, Miguel Grixti, Luke Mizzi, Luke Scicluna, Josef Pace Parascandolo

Mr. Stephen Spiteri and Mr. Pierre Xuereb, MAAA Council members, accompanied the team.

Well done to ALL of our athletes!

Malta Amateur Athletic Association hold Challenge Meeting 2 – The Malta Independent

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On Saturday 7th April the MAAA organised Challenge Meeting 2 at the Matthew Micallef St John Stadium. The meeting which comprised over 60 different events for the different age-groups also attracted a number of foreign athletes who were in Malta for a training camp during the Easter period.

Rachel Fitz of Allcomers Aloysians won the 100m and 200m Women Open in fine style. She won the 100m from Lane 1 in 12.57 preceding the Pembroke athlete Carla Scicluna who clocked 12.78. In the 200m race, running from lane 8 Fitz and into a headwind hit the finish line in 25.57. The St Patrick’s athlete Janet Richards placed a close second.

There were other interesting performances in the Women’s Open category. In the Long Jump there was a close tussle between the two Pembroke athletes Rebecca Sare and Claire Azzopardi. In Saturday’s competition, Rebecca won the event with a best jump of 5.61m while Claire was a mere 6cms behind.

Rebecca’s winning jump also meant that she achieved the qualifying mark for the 2018 Championships of the Small States due to be held in Liechtenstein in June. This means that she becomes the second long-jumper to qualify as Claire Azzopardi had also achieved the qualifying standard in Challenge Meeting 1.

In the Women’s Pole Vault, Peppyna Dalli (Pembroke), the former gymnast won her event with a very promising jump of 3.40m.

In the Men Open events, one of the most eye-catching performances was that of Bradley Mifsud (Pembroke). Mifsud who earlier this year set a new National Record in the Javelin gave evidence of his versatility by winning the 200m in an impressive 22.43 ahead of Warren Zammit (Rush AC) who clinched second place in a good time of 22.92

The 400m was won by Savio stalwart Matthew Croker in a time of 50.90. Kerstein Micallef (Rush AC) managed to notch second place in the 400m race ahead of the more experienced Mark Mifsud (Pembroke).

In the 1500m man, favourite Jean Paul Debono of Zurrieq Wolves, had a clear victory in 4.16.13 ahead of Philip Vella (Mellieha) and club-mate Neil Brimmer.

The Men’s 3000m race was perhaps the most exciting competition of the day. In the early stages, Athletix AC runner Charlton Debono was closely challenged by Dillon Cassar of Raptorz AC. As the race progressed, Debono opened a gap on Cassar but in the final laps Italian runner Rocco Lancelotti came from behind to pip Debono to the post  by a mere two-hundredths of a second. Lancelotti won the race in a time of 8:54.68.

In the Open Discus, Luke Farrugia (Rush AC), who is aiming to become the first Maltese discus thrower to go beyond 50m had a winning throw of 48.45m. In the Junior Category, Karol Spiteri (Savio) made a welcome return to competition after being side-lined for many months because of injury. He confirmed his promise by winning his age-category with a throw of 43.03m

In a meeting which attracted over 200 participants, there were also a number of good performances in the Under-16 and the Under-14 Categories. In the Girls’ U-16 200m, three athletes from Rush AC – Kimahri Charles, Sarah Chouhal and Kayleigh Chetcuti – managed to dip below the 27 sec mark with Kimahri snatching victory in a time of 26.56 from Sarah Chouhal who clocked 26.68.

In the Girls’ U-16 Long Jump, Rachela Pace (Pembroke) and Kayleigh Chetcuti both jumped well over 5 metres with Rachela Pace winning the event with an excellent jump of 5.57m.

In the U-16 Boys’ Long Jump, Jeremy Zammit of Pembroke won the event with a winning jump of 5.92m while Beppe Grillo (Rush AC) won the U-16 200m race in 25.04. In the U-16 Boys 800m, La Salle athlete Matthias Fenech clocked an impressive 2:11.07 while team mates Gabriel Bonnici and Julian Galea Soler were second and third.

In the U-14 Boys’ 1200m, La Salle runner Isaac Bonnici proved to be in a class of his own by dominating the event from start to finish and recording a final time of 3:58.31, while  fellow La Sallian  Matthew Galea Soler won the U-14 300m in a time of 44.35.

The Third MAAA Challenge Meetings will be held at the Matthew Micallef St John Stadium on Saturday 14th April. (1:30 p.m.)

Source: Malta Amateur Athletic Association hold Challenge Meeting 2 – The Malta Independent