The Malta Triathlon Federation had a very positive weekend in Kitzbuhel, Austria last weekend where its contingent partecipated in the European Triathlon Championships held in the Tirolean city.
It was a record-breaking partecipation for Triathlon Malta as it fielded 8 athletes in the Standard (Olympic) Distance Triathlon, made up of 1.5KM swim followed by a 40KM of cycle on a highly-demanding and technical route and concluded with a 10KM run. The members of the team received a very warm welcome during the Parade of the Nations during the Opening Cerimony where they passed through the old-city centre of the lovely Tirolean resort behind the Maltese flag.
The highlight of the competition for team TRI-MLT came from Danica Bonello-Spiteri who managed to claim a second place and a silver medal in her category. Bonello-Spiteri has been showing brilliant form all throughout the initial stages of the season and this augurs well for her partecipation in the Commonwealth Games this July.
Keith Galea, Malta's other triathlete to be included in the Maltese contingent for the Commonwealth Games has a very strong performance as well and finished in 7th place in his category.
Other National Triathlon Team members has solid performances too with Graham Borg, Michelle Vella-Wood, Hannah Pace and Margaret Seguna all banking positive results. The team was also joined by Age-Groupers Suzanne Farrugia and Angele Cremona.
Triathlon Malta's President, Cyprian Dalli, accompanied the team in Austria while also attended the European Triathlon Union's Annual General Congress which was held during the same weekend. 'It was a very positive weekend for Triathlon Malta on all aspects' Dalli said. 'Our athletes brought home some very positive results and we are proud of Danica's medal. On the other side, we also feel accomplished that our networking at European level are being given due credit by our European friends from the European Triathlon Federation. Our partecipation and our projects have been lauded and this augurs well for the continuation of the development of the sport in Malta'.
The next very important schedule for Triathlon Malta is the partecipation in the Commonwealth Games later on in July, where Danica Bonello-Spiteri and Keith Galea, accompanied by National Coach Dermot Galea, will be forming part of the Maltese contingent that will be take part in Glasgow. This will be a return for Triathlon Malta at the Commonwealth Games after an absence of 12 years.
A solid team of eight athletes will be partecipating in the European Triathlon Championships to be held this weekend in the Tyrolean mountain location of Kitzbuhel, Austria.
The team will be composed by some of Malta's topmost triathletes together with some other Age-Groupers who will be racing in Europe's most important Triathlon event of the the season.
In the Male category, National Triathlon & Duathlon Champion Keith Galea will join forces with the in-form Graham Borg. Both Galea and Borg will be facing some very strong competition in their categories from strong professional athletes hailing from all over the continent.
The Female team will be composed of 6 athletes. Current National Triathlon Champion Michelle Vella-Wood will be racing side by side current National Duathlon Champion, Danica Bonello-Spiteri. Other National Team members Margaret Seguna and Hannah Pace will be facing some stiff competition. Pace will be hoping in a repeat of last year's Gold Medal in the same competition which was organised in Turkey.
Joining the National Team members will be the evergreen Suzanne Farrugia and Angele Cremona, who dominated the Triathlon Malta scene in the first part of the 90s.
The TRIMLT team will be coordinated by President Cyprian Dalli who will be also attending the European Triathlon Union's Annual General Congress across the weekend.
'Our strong partecipation in this most important European Triathlon event is a clear sign of our vision to take Triathlon in Malta one step higher', said Dalli. 'Our partecipation two years ago was only with 2 athletes, which then went up to 5 athletes last year. This year, we are proud to field eight of our most committed and dedicated national triathletes in Austria, and we are looking forward to see some very promising performances. From the administration point of view, this will prove another golden opportunity to strengthen our relations with our continental counterparts and with the triathlon governing body in Europe' concluded on a positive note Dalli.
The races will be hosted in one of the most important sporting locations in Central Europe, with world-class skiing venues and with a Triathlon tradition dating back to decades.
The TRIMLT team will be in action on Sunday 22 June, while to competitions will be spanning all days between 19 and 22 June.
GLASGOW 2014 : WE ARE COMING!
After an absence of 12 years, Triathlon Malta will be part of the Commonwealth Games!
It took 2 years of planning, meetings, negotiations, lobbying, stress and support to arrive at this! But we made it!
The Malta Triathlon Federation would like to congratulate its triathlete and National Triathlon Team member, Graham Borg on his crowing as the Overall Champion of the First Edition of the Aeolian Olympic Triathlon which was held today, Sunday 1 June 2014, on the island of Vulcano, Sicily under the auspices of the Federazione Italiana Triathlon.
Graham Borg was first out of the water and into T1, and after losing some places during transition, he recovered by a very solid bike segment and a saw off the competition while claiming topmost podium place by more than 30 seconds over the second athlete.
Third overall and first in his category was Triathlon Malta National Team member, David Galea, who has been recently crowned as Malta's National Long-Distance Champion.
Other Maltese partecipants in the race were Gejtu Catania who came in 18th place and Jude Zammit in 20th place.
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