Athletes Return to Malta with 24 Medals from Los Angeles

Athletes win 24 medals at Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles.

Maltese athletes won a total of 24 medals; 7 Gold, 10 Silver and 7 Bronze. Gymnast Nathalie Galea (33) ended her 14 year career as part of Special Olympics Malta on a remarkable note, receiving Gold in all events. Whilst the youngest athlete of this year’s team, Alec Falzon aged 11 won two Bronze medals in Athletics in his first International experience.

Mrs Michelle Muscat, Honorary President of the Maltese Special Olympics team and Winter Moods frontman Ivan Grech, who is the Special Olympics Ambassador greeted the Maltese delegations at the airport. Hon. Chris Agius, Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth & Sport travelled with the athletes from Los Angeles.

Following is a list of the Maltese team’s achievements:

AQUATICS

  • Shanaia Zammit – 800m Freestyle – Gold
  • Charmaine Mifsud – 100m – Gold
  • Klara Zammit – 400m Freestyle – Silver
  • Charmaine Mifsud – 200m Breaststroke – Silver
  • Klara Zammit – 1500m Freestyle – Bronze
  • Shanaia Xuereb – 1500 Freestyle – Bronze

GYMNASTICS

  • Matthew Bugeja – Rings – Gold
  • Enrique Xerri – Pommel – Gold
  • Enrique Xerri – Rings – Gold
  • Enrique Xerri – High Bar – Gold
  • Enrique Xerri – All Around – Gold
  • Nathalie Galea – Vault – Gold
  • Nathalie Galea – Uneven Bars – Gold
  • Nathalie Galea – Beam – Gold
  • Nathalie Galea – Floor – Gold
  • Nathalie Galea – All Around – Gold
  • Matthew Bugeja – All Around – Silver
  • Annemarie Bugeja – Vault – Silver
  • Annemarie Bugeja – Bream – Silver
  • Matthew Bugeja – High Bar – Bronze
  • Enrique Xerri – Floor – Bronze
  • Enrique Xerri – Parallel Bars – Bronze
  • Annemarie Bugeja – Bars – Bronze
  • Annemarie Bugeja – All Around – Bronze

ATHLETICS

  • Charlene Magro – Long Jump – Gold
  • Johnny Mamo – Long Jump – Silver
  • Jessica Dalli – Long Jump – Silver
  • Alec Falzon – Soft Ball Throw – Bronze
  • Alec Falzon – 50m – Bronze

BOWLING

  • Philip Gruppetta – Singles – Silver
  • Philip Gruppetta & Natasha Bianchi – Mixed Doubles – Bronze
  • Natasha Bianchi – Singles – Bronze

BOCCE

  • Mark Aguis – Singles – Silver
  • Yowanna Vassallo – Singles – Silver

TABLE TENNIS

  • Christabel Borg – Singles – Gold
  • Warren Schembri – Singles – Gold
  • Christabel Borg & Warren Schembri – Doubles – Silver

22 athletes from six different disciplines represented Malta in the Special Olympics World Games which took place in Los Angeles last week. Malta competed in Athletics, Aquatics, Bowling, Bocce, Gymnastics and Table Tennis. The Maltese delegation included 12 coaches, an assistant Head of Delegation, Elaine Bonnici and Anna Calleja, as Head of Delegation and National Director of Special Olympics Malta for the past 15 years.

For more information about the Special Olympics World Games 2015 go to www.la2015.org and follow Special Olympics Malta on Facebook.

Athletes Winning Medals in Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles

The first days of competition are already rewarding the Maltese athletes with Medals. The team has already won various medals.

AQUATICS

Klara Zammit – 400m Freestyle – Silver

Klara Zammit – 1500m Freestyle – Bronze

BOWLING

Philip Gruppetta & Natasha Bianchi – Mixed Doubles – Bronze

BOCCE

Mark Agius – Singles – Silver

TABLE TENNIS

Christabel Borg – Singles – Gold

 

22 athletes from six different disciplines are representing Malta in the Special Olympics World Games which are taking place in Los Angeles between the 25th July and the 2nd August. Malta is competing in Athletics, Aquatics, Bowling, Bocce, Gymnastics and Table Tennis. The Maltese delegation includes 12 coaches, an assistant Head of Delegation, Elaine Bonnici and Anna Calleja, as Head of Delegation and National Director of Special Olympics Malta for the past 15 years. Mrs Michelle Muscat is Honorary President of the Maltese team.

 

For more information about the Special Olympics World Games 2015 log on to www.la2015.org, for updates on the Maltese team, follow Special Olympics Malta on Facebook.

Maltese Athletes to Compete in Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles

22 athletes from six different disciplines will be representing Malta in the Special Olympics World Games which are taking place in Los Angeles between the 25th July and the 2nd August. Malta will be competing in Athletics, Aquatics, Bowling, Bocce, Gymnastics and Table Tennis. The Maltese delegation includes 12 coaches, an assistant Head of Delegation, Elaine Bonnici and Anna Calleja, as Head of Delegation and National Director of Special Olympics Malta for the past 15 years. Mrs Michelle Muscat is Honorary President of the Maltese team.

 

The Opening Ceremony of the World Games will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles’ Memorial Coliseum. The star-studded show will celebrate the true stars of the Games – the athletes of Special Olympics and will include entertainment, the Parade of Athletes and the culmination of the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron. The ceremony will be broadcast internationally by ESPN. Headlining artists include Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, and Nicole Scherzinger. The show will be directed by Emmy Award Winner, Debbie Allen and includes appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Michael Phelps and many more.

 

Los Angeles will be hosting 7000 Special Olympics athletes and 3000 coaches from over 170 countries in these World Games. Some of the Maltese athletes competing in Los Angeles have already participated and won various medals in the last World Games which were held in Athens, Greece in 2011. These include sister and brother Annemarie and Matthew Bugeja, who won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in artistic gymnastics; Shanaia Xuereb, Charmaine Mifsud and Matthias Attard who won Gold and Silver medals in aquatics; Sarah Caruana, Jessica Dalli and Naomi Axisa who won Silver medals in athletics; Philip Gruppetta and Natasha Bianchi who won Gold and Bronze medals in Bowling; and Yowanna Vassallo and Mark Agius who won Bronze medals in Bocce. During last year’s European Games in Antwerp, Belgium the Maltese team garnered 17 Gold, 16 Silver and 13 Bronze medals.

 

The aim of the Special Olympics World Games is to create awareness that leads to the acceptance and inclusion of all people with intellectual disabilities – and ultimately to the acceptance of all people with differences. Special Olympics were founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968.

 

The Special Olympics athlete oath states, ‘Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.’

 

For more information about the Special Olympics World Games 2015 log on to www.la2015.org, for updates on the Maltese team, follow Special Olympics Malta on Facebook.

 

The Special Olympics Malta Athletes competing in the World Games 2015 in Los Angeles are:

Athletics – Athletes

Alec Falzon 12 50M Run

Softball Throw

Adam Pisani 17 100M Run

200M Run

Relay 4 x 100M

Johnny Mamo 19 100M

Long Jump

Relay 4 x 100M

Charlene Magro 23 100M Walk

Standing Long Jump

Jessica Dalli 17 100M Run

Long Jump

Relay 4 x 100M

Sarah Caruana 23 100M Run

200M Run

Naomi Axisa 20 100M Run

200M Run

Relay 4 x 100M

Athletics – Coaches

Grace Micallef Head Coach
Amanda Dimech Assistant Coach
Maria Zammit Assistant Coach

 

Aquatics – Athletes

Matthias Attard 19 800M Freestyle

1500 Open Water

4 x 50M Freestyle Relay

Jonathan Borg 27 800M Freestyle

1500 Open Water

4 x 50M Freestyle Relay

Charmaine Mifsud 22 100M Breaststroke

200M Breaststroke

4 x 50M Freestyle Relay

Shanaia Xuereb 19 800M Freestyle

1500 Open Water

4 x 50M Freestyle Relay

Klara Zammit 20 400M Freestyle

800M Freestyle

1500m  Freestyle

Aquatics – Coaches

Erica Andolfi Head Coach
Christabel D’Amato Assistant Coach
Joyce Orland Assistant Coach

Gymnastics – Athletes

Annemarie Bugeja 13 Floor Exercise

Uneven Bars

Vault

Balance Beam

All Around

Natalie Galea 33 Floor Exercise

Uneven Bars

Vault

Balance Beam

All Around

Matthew Bugeja 16 Floor Exercise

Pommel Horse

Rings

Vault

Horizontal Bars

Parallel Bars

All Around

Enrique Xerry 13 Floor Exercise

Pommel Horse

Rings

Vault

Horizontal Bars

Parallel Bars

All Around

Gymnastics – Coaches

Elaine Genovese Head Coach
Mary Zahra Assistant Coach

Bocce – Athletes

Yowanna Vassallo 27 Singles

Doubles

Mark Agius 31 Singles

Doubles

 

Bocce- Coach

Odette Chetcuti Head Coach

Table Tennis – Athletes

Christabel Borg 16 Singles

Mixed Doubles

Warren Schembri 18 Singles

Mixed Doubles

Table Tennis – Coaches

Johanna Grech Head Coach

Bowling – Athletes

Natasha Bianchi 32 Singles

Doubles

Philip Gruppetta 20 Singles

Doubles

Bowling – Coaches

Mark Spiteri Head Coach
Anna Farrugia Assistant Coach