Today more than ever, Malta has been taking sports seriously, competing in renowned competitions worldwide. The local talent which represented Malta so far, has surely made a name for our country. In this article we will discuss some Maltese athletes worthy of mention, who have managed to beat significant odds to make our country proud.
In March 2019, a group of twenty-eight Maltese athletes, have competed in the Special Olympic games, which took place in the Zayed Sport City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. In this competition, the Maltese athletes managed to win forty medals.
Some of the athletes who managed to make a name for Malta include, swimmer Maria Pia Saliba who competed with nationals from Italy, Argentina and Costa Rica, winning Malta’s first gold medal in swimming. Another athlete, twenty-three-year-old Philip Grupetta has also achieved successful results in bowling.
Another noteworthy athlete is Maltese footballer Andre Schembri. Schembri announced his retirement late in November 2018, from the national team of Malta, after competing in the UEFA Nations League. Schembri’s professional career started with local clubs Hibernians and Marsaxlokk. The Maltese footballer currently plays for Cypriot club Apollon Limassol. So far he has managed to score eleven goals in fifty-three games. A total of five goals were scored in the Europa League. Schembri is a versatile footballer who can play as an attacking midfielder, second striker and a pure striker.
Athlete Gary Giordimania is another athlete who has participated in competitions abroad on freestyle wrestling. Freestyle wrestling is an intense sport which requires continued dedication. It is one of two variants of wrestling that takes place at the Olympic games. This is a combat competition between two opponents on an octagonal mat forming an inside circle. In freestyle wrestling, athletes are allowed to grab the other opponent below the waist line and use their legs to attack and defend themselves. Freestyle wrestling incorporates elements from other sporting activities such as judo.
Gary Giordimania recently competed in the under twenty-three European Championship. He had already competed in the Junior European Championship.
Another popular athlete is Marlon Attard. Last year, Marlon Attard represented Malta in the Commonwealth games. Marlon was chosen by the Maltese Olympic Committee to represent the country in skeet shooting at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Whilst participating, Marlon managed to hit a total of one hundred and sixteen hits out of a hundred and twenty-five, ending up in twelfth place.
These are not the only Maltese athletes who have made our country proud. The list is endless. To all Maltese athletes out there, we wish to congratulate you for your endless efforts and for always carrying the Maltese flag with pride!