Official Yuletide cards designed by Special Olympics athletes

The designs on the covers of the Christmas Cards being sent out by the Office of the Prime Minister have been designed by Special Olympics athletes.

Angels, the birth of Jesus, Messages of Peace and Festive Decorations will decorate the covers of the six cards chosen from among 20 designs by the Office of the Prime Minister, for mailing on the occasion of Christmas and the New Year.

The designs are the work of Special Olympics athletes, who in a meeting with the Prime Minister and his wife explained the concepts which inspired them in their designs, as well as the messages they wanted to convey.

The Prime Minister had words of praise for the children’s abilities, which he said showed creative skills in putting together significant motifs about the festive season, and in bringing out its real meaning in the designs. The Prime Minister’s wife Michelle Muscat appealed to children to use their talents to assist vulnerable persons, particularly during the festive season.

 

 

Training Kits Ġodda

B’finanzjament taħt l-iskema tal-Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme (VOPs) amministrata mill-Kunsill Malti għas-Settur Volontarju, tfal u żgħażagħ attivi fl-iSpecial Olympics se jgawdu minn training kits ġodda li se jkunu jistgħu jutilizzawhom matul ix-xhur li ġejjin.

Dawn it-training kits kienu ppreżentati lil għexieren ta’ tfal u żgħażagħ mill-Ministru għad-Djalogu Soċjali, Affarijiet tal-Konsumatur u Libertajiet Ċivili Helena Dalli u minn mart il-Prim Ministru Michelle Muscat bħala l-President tal-iSpecial Olympics u Chair tal-Fondazzjoni Marigold.

F’intervent li għamlet, il-Ministru Helena Dalli enfasizzat il-bżonn li bħala pajjiż inkomplu ninvestu fis-saħħa ta’ dawn it-tfal u żgħażagħ. Qalet li apparti li joffri rikreazzjoni u ferħ, huwa ta’ sodisfazzjon meta tara lil dawn it-tfal u żgħażagħ jiksbu r-riżultati permezz tal-isport.

“Irridu narawkom attivi u tkomplu tipparteċipaw fis-soċjetà biex tilħqu l-potenzjal kollu tagħkom,” qalet Dr Dalli.

Mrs Michelle Muscat, President ta’ Special Olympics u Chair tal-Fondazzjoni Marigold irringrazzjat lill-Ministru Helena Dalli tal-appoġġ li dejjem tagħti lill-iSpecial Olympics u tal-fondi li ser imorru biex l-atleti jkunu aktar motivati sabiex ikomplu jimxu ’l quddiem.

Is-Sinjura Muscat irringrazzjat lill-voluntiera tas-sapport kontinwu u lil Special Olympics talli użaw dawn il-fondi biex minnhom igawdu direttament l-atleti.

Maltese Athletes Win Gold on First Day of Cyprus National Games 2016

Sixteen Special Olympics Malta athletes from three different disciplines are currently representing Malta in the Cyprus National Games which are taking until the 15th of April. Besides Special Olympics Malta and Special Olympics Cyprus, athletes from Special Olympics Greece are also participating in the National Games.

Malta will be competing in Athletics, Aquatics and Cycling. The Maltese delegation is headed by Anna Calleja, 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 Cyprus National Games took place on Sunday in the Municipality Hall of Nicosia. During the ceremony athletes Rebecca Dalli and Gilmour Borg carried the flag, whilst Sam Micallef read out the athlete’s oath.

During the first day of events, Maltese athletes won three gold medals. Cheyenne Aquilina competed in 50m Run and finished in 1st place winning the Gold Medal. Thea Cutajar competed in 50m Run and Standing Long Jump and placed first in both events and also won the Gold medals.

For more information about the the Maltese team, follow Special Olympics Malta on Facebook.

The Special Olympics Malta Athletes competing in the National Games in Cyprus are:

 

Aquatics

Events

Maria Pia Saliba 50m Backstroke
  25m Butterfly
  4 x 50m Medley (BK)
   
Olivia Bonett 25m Backstroke
  25m Butterfly
  4 x 50m Medley (BT)
   
Maria James 25m Breaststroke
  50m Freestyle
  4 x 50m Medley (BR)
   
Alessia Distefano 25m Freestyle
  25m Backstroke
  4 x 50m Freestyle
   
Roseline Bonello 25m Freestyle
  25m Backstroke
  4 x 50m Freestyle
   
Sam Micallef 25m Freestyle
  50m Freestyle
  4 x 50m Medley (FR)
   
Jean Paul Fenech 25m Freestyle
  50m Freestyle
  4 x 50m Freestyle
   
Peter Fenech 25m Freestyle
  25m Backstroke
  4 x 50m Freestyle
   

Athletics

Events

Cheyanne Aquilina 50m Run
  100m Walk
   
Thea Cutajar 100m Run
  Standing L/Jump
   
Rebecca Dalli 100m Run
  200m Run
   
Mattheus Muscat 400m Run
  Shot Put
  Relay  4 x 100m
   
Gilmour Borg 100m Run
  Long Jump
  Relay  4 x 100m
   
Kieran Pace 100m Run
  200m Run
  Relay  4 x 100m
   
Gareth Borg 100m Run
  200m Run
   
Kurt Demanuele 100m Run
  200m Run
  Relay  4 x 100m

Cycling

Events

 Gareth Borg 5K
  200m

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.