GĦĠS Executive Committee meets in Gozo

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 11:53

Gavin Muscat

The Executive Committee of the Għaqda Ġurnalisti Sports held its first meeting of the last year of its administration in Gozo.

This was the second time in the last three years that the committee decided to hold a one-day activity in Gozo during which some courtesy calls were made on  sporting entities in the sister island.

This was done to see how the Għġs can help in giving a better coverage to sporting activities in Gozo and also to try and find ways and means of how to entice more persons in the sister island to become more involved in sports journalism.

Dr Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo, expressed his appreciation of the Association’s interest in sports in Gozo. He promised his support througħ the Gozo Sports Board following a suggestion by the GĦĠS for an annual sports media activity to be held in Gozo.

He said his Ministry is committed to help sports in Gozo prosper as was the case with the introduction of the Gozo Sports Board, the development of the sporting facilities as well as the television programmes which help to give a better image to sporting activities on the island.

He went on to say that the indoor pool project is going ahead and hoped that construction work will start soon. He added that other projects included the horseracing track at Ta’ Xhajma which is to be developed into a modern facility.

The Association also offered its support in the organisation of the Gozo Sports Awards so that the top Gozitan sportsman and woman will be recognised accordingly at the Awards ceremony held in Malta every year as was the case in the last few years.

A meeting was also held with the Gozo Tourism Association Chief Executive Officer Joe Muscat who said that sports could become a niche to help increase the number of tourists to the sister island, especially during the winter months.

He also commented that sports had a strong potential for Gozo, however, only if there was an increase in sports facilities.

The president and the secretary of the GĦĠS accepted an offer to collaborate whenever foreign sports journalists are invited to Malta to promote the islands.

Another meeting was held with the Chief Executive Officer of the Gozo Sports Board Alvin Grech who explained in detail the work being undertaken by the Board.

He added that thanks to the initiatives of the Board, participation in several sports disciplines has increased considerably. Such initiatives enable sports in Gozo to reach all sectors of society, including the elderly, througħ the Sports for All programmes.

He added that apart from the indoor pool and Ta’ Xhajma horseracing course projects, there are others in the pipeline and these include tennis courts, squash courts and others that could be used by several different disciplines.

The GĦĠS urged the Gozo Sports Board to continue helping the Gozitan Sports Associations so that their activities are duly promoted and given coverage in the local sports media.

Leave a comment