Athletics team in Gozo training camp

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 15:44

The local athletics track-and-field competitive season will take off in the first week of February and most of the local athletes are very keen to test their 4 month pre-season training in competition.  Thanks to the close collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo and to the support by the local PUMA agents, a group of sprinters and hurdlers coached by Mario Bonello, last weekend held a training camp in Gozo.

Though Gozo still lacks an athletics running track, the excellent football ground at Sannat and the ground at Nadur are considered as good alternative training venues.  Mario Bonello noted that in addition to the positive effects of the training sessions themselves, he believes that it is important to have the group out of their daily hectic routine of studies and work to spend some time together in the relaxed and friendly environment that Gozo offers.  “Last year I had the National Sprints team twice out here in Gozo and it was a great experience for all.  I think that the National Team spirit we created last year was sown on the Sannat football Ground!”

One of last year’s Athletics heroine, Diane Borg, was also in Gozo last weekend.  Amongst other achievements, last year she went out to win two gold medals and a silver medal at the Games of Small States of Europe, breaking 3 National records in the process.  She is now also a finalist in the Malta Sports Awards.  Diane is a role model even within this team as, whilst achieving so much in athletics last year, she was also finalizing her University studies, graduating in BSC Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.  Both parents and children should look up to athletes like her.

The Gozitan athletes training with Athletix Gozo AC (athletixgozo@gmail.com) under the guidance of Mario Bonello and Paul Camilleri also joined their Maltese counterparts for some of the training sessions.  Paul Camilleri noted that this was a great experience for the Gozitan athletes.  “Our local athletes do not have such role models.  Having some 15 top level athletes training with us was an experience we really looked up to.”

The training camp closed off with the Annual Athletix Gozo AC lunch where all the young upcoming Gozitan athletes were presented with a memento and the best athletes of the season awarded for their efforts.

 





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