24 July 2014 was to be a memorable day in the history of Maltese Triathlon as the Malta Triathlon Federation returned to be present at the Commonwealth Games 2014, after an absence of 12, long years.
The whole of the local triathlon community was eagerly awaiting to see our two topmost triathletes racing along the splendid Strathclyde Park in what turned out to be splendid hot sunny day in Glasgow.
The results at the end of the day where bitter-sweet in nature. Keith Galea had to stop from completing the race as he was lapped on the bike segment during the last phase of the cycle. It was a difficult moment for Keith who had fought hard and raced strong to the best of the possibilities until then and the run segment would have surely placed him in a position to place higher on the final result score.
Earlier on during the day, the most accomplished female Maltese triathlete ever, Danica Bonello-Spiteri had a fantastic race where she managed to bring home a superb 15th position after a race she executed to perfection. Holding on to the best of her possibilities during the swim and always cycling on the edge in the central part of the race, she managed to avoid being taken off the course and she continued to race up until a huge ovation from the crowd on the Grand Stand in her final metres.
This result placed Malta in the 8th position from a field of a 71 potential countries and territories.
The TRIMLT team was ably supported by National Coach Dermot Galea who had the difficult task to settle the logistics for the team in just one day upon arrival of the Maltese contingent. Dermot also attended the post-race meeting of the Commonwealth Triathlon Association where voiced the concerns and suggestions of the Malta Triathlon Federation in view of future possible partecipation.
The Malta Triathlon Federation would like to thank wholeheartedly Danica, Keith and Dermot for making this memorable day in the annals of the history of our sport in Malta. The MTF is proud of the fighting spirit its two athletes produced in the face of world-class opposition. The MTF congratulates Danica for such a high-level result obtained for herself and the whole local triathlon community.
The Federation would also like to extend its gratitude to the Maltese Olympic Committee for the support and cooperation it showed during the past 18 months leading up to this journey. The Federation augurs that the very good relation that exists with the MOC will bear more fruitful dividends in the future.
Finally, a huge thank you to all those who supported this venture in one way or another.
The Malta Triathlon Federation wishes the best of luck to the whole Maltese Contingent in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Two of the most promising young triathletes of the Malta Triathlon Federation, Nina Zammit and Shaun Galea has been selected to participate in a Triathlon Training Camp over the next weeks.
The training camp is being organised in Lithuania by the European Triathlon Union for young athletes hailing from the developing countries in the sport. The participants will train in a professional way under the guidance of some of the best youth coaches on the continent. This will be the second year running where promising Maltese triathletes sharpen their skills in such training. Last year, Hannah Pace underwent similar training and she has since formed part of the National Triathlon Team thereafter.
Shaun Galea, one of the partecipants confessed that ' opportunities like this make all the sacrifices and all the difficult moments of training worthwhile. With this great opportunity given to me by the Malta Triathlon Federation Im ready to grasp all the knowledge about all three sports from the great coaches which will be coaching us and also from all other triathletes which will be attending the development camp. I would like to thank the Malta Triathlon Federation for helping me improve in the sport that I Love'. on a similiar note, Nina Zammit mentioned that ' I feel very excited about spending these days completely focused on training with athletes from different countries. I expect to learn a lot from the guidance and the sessions with international coaches and to improve by training with athletes who have more experience. I also hope that the friends I make in this camp will be my future competitors in international events.'
'We are very excited for Nina and Shaun, as we are aware that this will be a golden opportunity not only for themselves, but also for the local Triathlon community', said Cyprian Dalli, President of the Malta Triathlon Federation. 'The European Triathlon Union (ETU) is really supporting our Federation to develop and achive new standards and this support is particularly aimed at the grassroot level, to sustain young talents and help them fulfil their potential. This partecipation together with the support and guidance in our increasingly-popular Malta Youth Triathlon Academy - MYTA is a clear indication of how the ETU has the development of young triathlon talent in Malta at heart' concluded Dalli.
The training camp will be located in the city of Panevezys in Lithuania and will run from the 14 till the 24 of July.
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