Maria Vella-Galea reports :
Sunday 6th October will see the end of the 2103 Triathlon season coming to a close with what promises to be a hard-fought battle for the National Championship title. Triathlon Malta is also pleased to announce a partnership with BBB Bike Parts and Buff Malta who will be the main partners of the most important event in the Maltese Triathlon Calendar.
In the men's segment, current National Champion and and B'Kara St. Joseph Sprint Series winner Keith Galea, National Duathlon Champion winner Fabio Spiteri are expected to give some fine performances but athletes such as David Galea, Steve Chetcuti and Graham Borg are not to be underestimated in view of their consistent performances this season.
In the women's segment the fine form being showed by Duathlon Champion and B'Kara St. Joseph Sprint Series winner Michelle Vella Wood will make current Triathlon Champion Danica Bonello Spiteri work very hard in order to attempt retain her title. Tough competition is also expected from the young Hannah Pace, winner of a Gold Medal at the European Triathlon Championships in Turkey in June as well as Johanna Calleja who has regained her form in the past races.
"The National Championships are the culmination of the season and we are expecting a very exciting race since there is no clear winner. This year has been a very special year for Triathlon Malta, where growth has been exceptional in all areas" said Cyprian Dalli, President of the Malta Triathlon Federation. "We are also very happy with the recently signed partnership with BBB Parts and Buff Malta, which will, through their quality products give a better experience to our athletes”
The Championships, which will be contested over a Standard Distance (1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run), will be held on the Salina Coast Road. A Sprint Distance (half Standard distance) will also be held and over 80 athletes have registered so far for this event. A strong presence of foreign athletes, hailing from the United Kingdom and Belgium is also expected.
“BBB Bike Parts and Buff Malta would like to congratulate the team at the Malta Triathlon Federation for the massive leap forward that the sport has taken in the past year. The positive atmosphere and great results obtained by Maltese Triathletes makes us proud to be associated with such growth and development” said Etienne Bonello, local representative of BBB Bike Parts and Buff Multifunctional Headwear. “The partnering of such quality products with quality athletes is a winning situation for both and look forward to further strengthening this partnership”
The National Triathlon Championships are being supported by BBB Bike Parts Malta, www.buffmalta.com, Garmin Malta, M&Z (Marketing) Ltd, Flora Pro Activ, The Cyclist, B'Kara St. Joseph Sports Club, Pringles, Go&Fun.
The general public is to be advised that throughout the duration of the race, from 7:45 till 10:45 the Salina Coast Road will be closed to traffic in order to ensure athletes' safety. Motorists are thus kindly advised to take alternative routes. The Malta Triathlon Federation thanks the general public in advance for their support and understanding.
Triathlon Malta has just secured a fantastic package with its partners, BBB Bike Parts and Buff Malta to upgrade the National Triathlon Championships into a fantastic, unforgettable experience for all the athletes taking part in the most important triathlon race of the season!
More information on the event on http://www.facebook.com/events/179551585545474/?fref=ts
Triathlon Malta at the International Triathlon Union's World Triathlon Grand Final Championships - London
Triathlon Malta fielded a record seven athletes in last weekend's PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final held in London.
Malta was represented in two race categories. Secretary General Maria Vella-Galea took part in the Age Group Sprint Distance (750m swim, 22.5k cycle and 5km run) on Friday, the day where the most appalling conditions were registered and where over forty triathletes crashed their bikes and were unable to complete the race.
The team fielded in the Age Group Standard Distance, consisted of National Triathlon Champions Keith Galea and Danica Bonello Spiteri, National Duathlon Champion Michelle Vella Wood, European Championship Age Group Gold Medal winner Hannah Pace, Graham Borg and Luke Bonnici competed on Sunday under better conditions although the swim distance was halved due to the adverse water temperature.
"The World Championships see a field of over 5,000 athletes, which makes the Age Group Categories heavily contested. Whilst Malta did not have podium finishes this time round, the race times achieved show that our athletes are improving and further strengthening their performances" said Cyprian Dalli, President of the Malta Triathlon Federation.
"We are pleased to see very good placings by all our athletes, and we are confident that such races further strengthen our athletes' experience.
During the course of the weekend, the Maltese delegation were able to experience Elite racing, watching at close range athletes like the Brownlee Brothers, Javier Gomez, who pipped Jonathan Brownlee to the post of World champion by just half a second after a hard fought race, Non Stanford's prowess to win the female category despite gaining a 15 second penalty in the first transition, Jodie Stimpson, and Anne Hauge.
Cyprian Dalli and Maria Vella-Galea also participated in the International Triathlon Union World Congress wherein over 89 countries took part.
Apart from being kept up to date with the progress the World's Triathlon Governing body is making in the interest of the sport, the Congress is an excellent networking forum which should enable small Federations to seek and obtain development opportunities.
Seven-Strong Contingent to represent Triathlon Malta at the World Triathlon Championdships Grand Final in London
Triathlon Malta will be fielding seven triathletes in the forthcoming International Triathlon Union's World Triathlon Grand Final to be held between the 11th and 15th September, in London.
The Triathlon Malta contingent will consist of current Triathlon Champion Keith Galea, Hannah Pace, both medal winners in the European Triathlon Union Championships held in Alanya, Turkey in June, Duathlon Champion Michelle Vella Wood, Triathlon Champion Danica Bonello Spiteri, Graham Borg, Luke Bonnici and Maria Vella-Galea. The Maltese Team will be competing in the Sprint (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run) and Standard (1.5k swim, 40km cycle, 10krun) distances covering the same route as that covered in the London Olympics last year. The Contingent will be led by Malta Triathlon Federation President Cyprian Dalli.
Bringing together over 3,000 international competitors, a further 2,000 open age group athletes, support teams and officials, the Grand Final will seal off the ITU World Triathlon Series which featured world-class events all around the globe in which elite triathletes compete annually to become the ITU World Champion.
“We are very excited to have such a strong presence at this event, which is the pinnacle of triathlon competition worldwide. Our athletes have been fully committed in their preparation for this event, and apart from making Malta proud we are confident that they will make the most of their international experience in London” said Cyprian Dalli
Cyprian Dalli and Secretary General Maria Vella-Galea will also be attending the annual International Triathlon Union Congress on the 16th September, which will be attended by over 135 delegates, representing Federations from all over the world. The Congress is the general assembly of the members National Federations and Continental Confederations of ITU and is its highest authority.
Congress is organised annually, generally in connection with the World Triathlon Grand Final. Only Members in good standing are entitled to take part in voting on resolutions or elections at the Congress.
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