The projects of the Malta Triathlon Federation were featured in the Newsletter of the European Triathlon Union's newletter, which is being reproduced here-under.
The President of the Maltese Triathlon Federation, Cyprian Dalli, leads one of the smallest Federations in Europe but he is determined to build a better future for the sport in his country.
The size of the task facing the Maltese Triathlon Federation can be summarised by the breakthrough news of 2013 – that the Federation now has an office.
Dalli, who was elected to the role in December 2011, made a promise to find a working office and he said: “It wasn’t easy and it took almost 14 months of negotiations but now the Malta Triathlon Federation has its own office.”
Looking back on his first calendar year as President, Dalli said: “We have had a very positive year but it has been more of a challenge than I expected.”
Some of the challenges Dalli refers to include the island itself: “It’s not so much the facilities but Malta itself, the roads are terrible and the traffic,” he said.
“Also, the nature of the island is only 36km top to bottom so a big cycle ride doesn’t get you anywhere you just go round and round.”
Nevertheless the President has overseen an increase in the number of Triathlon clubs in Malta from 1 to 5, and they now have over 130 registered members.
Dalli says the Federation is starting to attract athletes from other sports, particularly the three disciplines of Triathlon, and encouraging athletes to test themselves.
But the key to the Maltese future is youth. “We need to attract new blood,” says Dalli. “We are in contact with the Olympic committee and sports council to try and put triathlon forward on the curriculum. Younger athletes give us a better future.”
Their commitment to youth is highlighted by the launch of a new Youth Triathlon Academy which will run for 11 weeks from July to September this year.
The academy will serve as an introductory programme designed to train children and teenagers in the fundamentals of Triathlon and prepare them for participation in triathlon events at a later stage.
The Federation are also looking to increase the number of races in their calendar and diversify the options to athletes, such as off-road cross triathlon and the hosting of the Maltese National Duathlon Championships in May.
All of these steps, no matter how small they may seem, represent real, tangible progress for Dalli and Triathlon in Malta, something that gives the President every right to be pleased with the progress.
He said: “We have to be realistic about our standards, our capabilities and our limitations – but we are improving and developing all the time.
“Short term we want to continue to increase participation, increase our race calendar and begin to compete in International races (the first two Maltese triathletes competed in Eilat in 2012). But the longer term goal is to have triathlon included on the National Curriculum and impress the Olympic Committee by achieving a place at the Commonwealth Games 2014.”
MALTA TRIATHLON FEDERATION
President: Cyprian Dalli, www.triathlonmalta.org
For more information on the Maltese National Duathlon Championships, click here
If you are interested in coaching at the Maltese Youth Academy, or for more information on the Federation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are pleased to invite you to take part in the Malta National Duathlon Championships 2013, scheduled for Saturday 18 May with Start-time set for 4:00pm. Please visit the facebook page for the event by clicking HERE
This year we thought of upgrading the race to the ITU/ETU Standards and thus the Championships wil lbe held on the distance of a 10K run, 40K cycle and a final 5K run. We would like to point out that this race, being a National Championship, will carry double point in the 'Triathlete of the Year Award', for a maximum of 200 points.
Moreover, for those of you who do not feel like tackling the full distance, we will be hosting a 'Half-Distance' Event both for Individual and Relay Pursuit. Relay teams shall be composed of 2 athletes ( a runner doing both running splits and a cyclist).
Attached you can therefore find two Race Registration Forms : one for the Individual Pursuit (both full and half distance) and one for the Relay Teams (only half distance).
As you can see from the forms, the Registration Fees are hugely discounted for MTF Members. This is as a sign of recognition and gratitude for those athletes who are registered members with the Federation. Those who have not yet registered with the MTF are still in time to do so against the payment of EURO 15 for the whole 2013 season.
You can also note that that the price for registration for the National Duathlon Championships will be increased after the 10 May up until 15 May. No applications will be accepted after this date. So please ensure that your Race Registration Form is received by the 15 of May.
To ease the registation process, we shall be holding a Registration Event on the 10 of May at the MTF Office at the National Pool Complex in Gzira. Registrations with the MTF will also be accepted on that day. This event will also hold an Extraordinary-General-Meeting which aims to update the Constitution of the MTF. Folllowing this, on the same date, a Race-Briefing Session in view of the National Duathlon Championdships will be held and then we wil lthrow in an easy-going Office-Warming Party to which everyone is invited! More info is to be found. Please feel free to join the facebook page by clicking HERE
Any queries or clarifications can be addressed here on this email address or by giving me a call on 99120275 or 79037933.
We will keep you posted regularly with more information on the race and its preparation. You should not worry... you'll be in good hands! Just two things you should focus on: make sure you register by returning your form and payment, and train hard and smart for a smashing race!
Regards, and be safe!
The Malta Triathlon Federation, with the support of the European Triathlon Union (ETU), will be launching a Youth Triathlon Academy which shall serve as an introductory programme designed to train youth and teenagers in the fundamentals of triathlon and prepare them for partecipation in triathlon events at later stage. The sport of triathlon consists of swimming, cycling and running.
The programme will run from July to September 2013 for a total duration of 11 weeks (including a recess-week in August). The Malta Youth Triathlon Acedemy will be coordinated by Dermot Galea, Triathlon Malta’s National Coach.
For this reason, the Malta Triathlon Federation shall be receiving expression of interests from qualified coaches to be part of the coaching team for the Academy. Applicants should be in possession of at least one of the following qualifications to be eligible:
Any further queries and clarifications can be addressed on email@example.com or on telephone lines 99120275 and 7903 7933.
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