Malta wins Silver in 15th Island Games Unite Gymnasts in Sicily

Monday, June 13, 2011, 12:00

The annual youth competition drew together athletes from 21 islands competing in 10 sports, with an additional eight demonstration sports. Nine islands participated in gymnastics, which saw young gymnasts coming from as far away as the Caribbean.

The goal of the Island Games is “to spread the Olympic principles among young people, in addition to technical-organizational skills that will enable, in the future, a greater presence in the Olympic selections,” according to COJI (Comité d’Organisation Jeux des Iles).

Federica Aloisio led Sicily to the women’s team title over Malta and the French island of Corsica. Aloisio, 16, won the all-around title over Kirsty Caruana (Malta) and Estelle Bicchieray (Corsica).

Corsica won three of the four women’s events, with Marie Auffret best on vault, Bicchieray winning uneven bars and Angelique Mariani winning balance beam. Caruana picked up the floor exercise title.

Sardinia won the men’s competition, followed by Sicily and Cyprus. Sardinia’s Matteo Murtas dominated the competition, winning the all-around and five apparatus titles.

Christos Soleas (Cyprus) won the all-around silver over Alessio Lo Cascio (Sicily) and won the title on parallel bars.

Gymnastics also will be a part of a separate island event, the 14th NatWest Island Games, which take place June 25-July 1 in the Isle of Wight. Organized by the Island Games Association, the NatWest Island Games are held every other year for dependent islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

Malta finished to win the Silver medal. Sicily won Gold and Corsica won the bronze medal.

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