A 17-athlete strong delegation has left Malta for Gibraltar where it will compete in the fifth edition of the Championships of Small States of Europe. This event, which will take place at the Lathbury Sports Complex, is organised under the auspices of the Athletics Association of the Small States of Europe, with the support of European Athletics.

This event provides an excellent opportunity for Team Malta to test itself among some of the best athletes of 17 European countries. While all the nations represented at GSSE level are represented, the CSSE widens the scope of participation to more populous nations, meaning that countries with a strong sporting tradition such as Georgia, North Macedonia, Armenia, and Moldova will also be taking part.

In the last edition of the Championships, which had taken place on home soil in 2022, Malta had secured three gold medals, courtesy of Claire Azzopardi and Janet Richard, who will both be competing in Gibraltar, as well as the women’s relay team.

Other athletes to keep an eye on will be Gina McNamara who won three gold medals at last year’s GSSE in Malta in the 800m, 1500m and 5000m as well as Beppe Grillo, fresh from a stunning new 100m national record while competing in Turkey at the Balkan Athletics Championships.

The delegation will be accompanied by coach Mario Bonello and is supported by Sport Malta and the Malta Olympic Committee.