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.
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