Marcon Bezzina wins gold in Sicily

Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 9:51
Marcon Bezzina placed first in Messina

Marcon Bezzina placed first in Messina

Four Maltese Judoka, Marcon Bezzina, Joanna Camilleri, Jeremy Saywell, and Tyron Zerafa, accompanied by Chris Busuttil, have recently competed in one of the yearly Grand Prix of Sicily, the ‘Torneo di Messina’.  The Italian Cadet National Team members, who then placed overall 2nd at the European Cadet Championships the week after  were present at this tournament. Included in this team were Angelina Bombara, who won the European title at the Cadet Championships and Antonio Villari and had competed in the Malta International Open last March. Our Cadet Tyron Zerafa placed 9th out of 20 in the -73 kgs. Jeremy Saywell placed 2nd in the -66 kgs (Juniors/Seniors) out of eleven Judoka. Marcon Bezzina placed 1st in the -70kgs and Joanna Camilleri 3rd in the -63 kgs.

Our girls then proceeded to Lipari for a Training Camp and another Tournament in Lipari. The Training Camp was lead by World European Champion Akos Braun HUN and European Champion Girolamo Giovinazzo ITA, and attended by Poland, Romania, San Marino, the Italian Cadet and Junior squads accompanied by the National Coaches and various Italian Military Groups such as Fiamme Gialle including Olympic Champion Giulia Quintavalle, Fiamme Oro, and the Carabinieri. Joanna Camilleri won the silver medal in the -57 kgs, after beating two black belts. Marcon Bezzina was winning her fights, but whilst applying a strangle she slightly injured her elbow, however managed to land in the medal zone, winning the bronze medal in the -63 kgs.

In the meantime the Malta Judo Federation is also hosting the 13th Medical and Administration seminar of the European Judo Union at the Suncrest Hotel on Friday and Saturday 9th and 10th of July 2010. The Maltese Judo Federation has been entrusted with this organisation for the 10th time and in these seminars most important decisions have been taken which affects the development of European Judo, the leader in World Judo. In this seminar, 40 delegates from 22 European federations will be finalising the calendar for 2011 and very important decisions will have to be taken such as the calendar for the 106 activities organised by the European Judo Union. Most of these events will be qualifiers for the Olympic Games in London in 2012, and include 6 European Championships.

The six medical officers of the European Medical Commission will also be holding their meeting in conjunction with this administration seminar, and they will be reviewing the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules and presenting high quality scientific papers on sports medicine. Another important item in this seminar will be the presentation of the 3rd  (Diploma), 4th (Foundation Degree), 5th  (Bachelor of Science Honours) and 6th (Masters) level in high performance coaching which the European Judo Union is delivering in collaboration with major universities such as Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge and Tor Vergata Rome.

During this seminar, the first certificates for 3rd level high performance coaches will be presented to the participants who have already arrived last Sunday to attend the four day practical sessions.





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  1. Christine Spiteri says:

    Very admirable, good job keep it up!!!

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