Italian National coach for Malta weightlifters

Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 21:22
Ryan Agius

Ryan Agius

The Maltese National weightlifting team has just arrived from a training camp in Rome. This camp was carried out under the tuition of the Head coach of the National Italian weightlifting squad, together with other members of the Italian weightlifting team. This training camp was possible thanks to the help offered by the Malta Olympic Committee. The training camp boosted the preparations for the European Small Nations weightlifting Tournament and the European Union Tournament, both of which will be held in Cyprus, between the 8th and the 11th July.

Last week the Malta Weightlifting Association organized two events; first being the ZKC tournament, where 150 clubs from around the globe took part. Malta participated by means of two teams being the Cottonera and the Naxxar weightlifting teams. Positive results were obtained from Ryan Aguis who increased his clean and jerk by 2kg and totaled 211 points. Rodmar Pulis, who is still 15 years old, increased his snatch by 3kg and his clean and jerk by 2kg. The other athletes present all showed improvement in their technique and lifting, however they did not manage to outscore their personal bests. The competition was run under the supervision of Jesmond Caruana and for the first time in the history of Maltese weightlifting by 2 female referees, being Ramona Borg and Rodienne Balzan.

Nicole Gatt

Nicole Gatt

Apart from the competition, an exhibition was organised at the World Cup Village in Manoel Island with the help of the Malta Sports Council. A good number of athletes from the Cottonera club attended the event which culminated with Emanuel Schembri hoisting overhead 160kg in the clean and jerk. Joining in the event was a number of athletes from the Starmax athletics club most of whom were females. These athletes are under the tutelage of weightlifting coaches and this is done as part of the preparations for the Mediterranean Cup next October in Malta.





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