Marcon Bezzina second Maltese Judo Coach to Graduate at Bath University

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 8:00

Marcon Bezzina graduating at Bath University

After following the 3 year degree at the presigeous Bath University in England, Marcon collected her degree at the Graduation Ceremony last July. By graduating at the Foundation Degree in Judo Coaching, she also qualified to the 4th Level European Judo Union High Performance Coach. The first Maltese Coach to reach this qualification is Alex Bezzina, 6th Dan Sports Director of the Federation. This knowledge based course has been developed by the European Judo Union to give our coaches already with experience scientific academic preperation which is required in the preperation of athletes for high performance events. The courses have now been moved to Cambridge in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University.


Two Judoka attending the Alfa Course Masters of the EJU and Tor Vergata University

Marcon Bezzina and Joanna Camilleri are the 2 Maltese Judoka in the first Masters (6th Level Specialised Coach EJU) at the University of Tor Vergata. This 3 semester Masters has 3 specialisations, teaching Judo for Children, Sport for All and high Performance. On their graduation, in June 2012, the “Golden Girls” will be helping the Federation in the major developments the MJF is planning.

Malta Represented in the largest World Senior Judo Championships in Paris

900 athletes from 140 countries met in Paris to compete in the largest ever world championships for Judo. Malta was represented with the same team of the GSSE Brent Law in the 60 Kgs, Jeremy Saywell in the 66kgs, Johanna Camilleri in the 52kgs and Marcon Bezzina in the 63kgs.

Marcon Bezzina

After a full recovery from the elbow injury at the Games of the Small States of Europe and intensive training, Marcon Bezzina returned to the scene by beating LOHOVA, Mariya from Turkmenistan with a Yuko, she then met ALDIKOVA, Zarina from Kazakhstan, the Asian Bronze medal winner and reigning champion of Kazakhstan. In this match, Marcon was dominating, but after suffering a yuko, lost momentary her concentration to be thrown for Ippon one and a half minutes before the end. Marcon was in great form and could have won this event too. Marcon now hold a world ranking of 86th out of 166 in the -63kg category, sharing this place with a Japanese, Brazilian, German and Polish athlete, having won 40 points in this largest ever world Championship.

You can follow Marcon at the World Championships here:

Jeremy Saywell

At 18 years, the Silver Medallist of the GSSE was drawn against the twice Olympian and veteran from Lithuania Albert Techov. Rather than being dishearten, Jeremy immediately started his attacks, one after the other. The experience of the opponent showed in how he stopped all these techniques. At the end however unexpectedly, Jeremy managed to maintain his superiority and won with a Yuko. Jeremy is presently ranked 110 out of 276 in the World Ranking, together with a Japanese, Georgian and Korean, although he is still a Junior.

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