SportMalta Awards – Għażliet Sportivi Nazzjonali 2010 launched

Monday, November 22, 2010, 16:35

Kunsill Malti għall-iSport in collaboration with the Għaqda Ġurnalisti Sports, will be organising the next edition of the SportMalta Awards – L-Għazliet Sportivi Nazzjonali. These awards are the main national sport event of the year where athletes, officials and administrators who distinguish themselves, will be rewarded during a ceremony befitting sport in Malta as a whole. This prestigeous event which is taking place on Saturday 29th January 2011 will be held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta with live transmission on Television Malta  between 8.40pm and 11.00pm. Presenters for this event will include well known TV personalities in the field of sport who are Chris Cauchi and Dorienne Grech. Both local and foreign entertainment can be expected like previous editions. 

Charles Camenzuli (second from right) President of the Malta Sports Journalists Association addressing the local Press

From right: Pippo Psaila Chairman Organising Committee, Bernard Vassallo Chairman KMS, Charles Camenzuli President GhGS and Mario Meli Chairman Selection Board

These awards are about celebrating the universal power of sport to bring people together as a force for good, passionately embodying the very spirit of sport such as the pursuit of excellence, overcoming challenges, celebrating achievement and sporting excellence and winning against the odds. These awards recognize the achievements of today’s local sports heroes and bring sportspeople together, united in achievement and through the universal language of sport which unites and inspires people.

Accordingly, the SportMalta Awards – L-Għazliet Sportivi Nazzjonali will showcase sport in Malta and contribute to raising awareness of the value of sport to individuals and communities and also to highlight the contribution of those who deliver sport at local level, including schools and clubs, volunteers, coaches and administration officers. The event is intended to reward individuals, clubs, volunteers and sport administrators for excellence in sport, demonstrating their commitment to good practice in sport, integrity, exemplary sportsmanship, innovative and inclusive programmes and greater grass roots participation. Another objective for establishing these awards is to recognize those outstanding individuals and teams that can be held up as role models for sport through their sociability respect for others and support for the values of sport. As a result of  these Awards, one can learn from the extraordinary efforts of many talented and enthusiastic Maltese sport persons. Their accomplishments will inspire others to follow in their footsteps and achieve their dreams.

A selection board announces 10 finalists from each category (sportsman, sportswoman, official, team, youth). The same selection board then cuts this list to five finalists in each respective category (Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Best U-17 Athlete, Team of the Year and Official of the Year), this is usually announced at the pre-event activity held around two/three weeks before the final night. The journalists’ voting stage sets off at this stage and members of the Għaqda Ġurnalisti Sports are sent a voting document (through post) and asked to vote. Sport editors carry more weight as their vote accounts to a higher percentage of the final vote (varying between 25-33%). The votes are then collected and counted by the Għaqda Ġurnalisti Sports committee and the winners are subsequently announced on the final night where other prizes are given for the sportsman/woman with a disability, the Sport Activity of the Year and recognition to a veteran sport journalist.

Kunsill Malti għall-iSport will also being giving due recognition to:

SportMalta Award

The 10 finalists in the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year categories are then in the running for the overall SportMalta Award. This will emerge from a voting process involving sports journalists, association delegates and the public. 

Local Council Recognition Award

That Local Council who has contributed to sporting initiatives within their community;

State School Recognition Award

That State school who has endeavoured to ensure that its students regularly participate and are involved in sport;

Sport Association Recognition Award

Recognition is given to that sporting body who has contributed to Sport Tourism in Malta by attracting on a regular basis foreign athletes to our shores.

Life Time Achievement Recognition Award

A special award is also given to that individual who has contributed to sport with a life time achievement recognition.
During this press conference the SportMalta Awards – L-Għażliet Sportivi Nazzjonali 2010 provisional finalists for 2010 were announced as follows:

Sportsman of the Year

Awarded to an athlete (male) who has achieved outstanding results in respect to their performances at an international and/or national level and who exibits the highest level of skill, performance and dedication to their sport. The nominees include:

Alex Borg (Snooker), Steve Camilleri (Waterpolo), Willliam Chetcuti (Shooting), Massimo Cremona (Table Football), Eteinne Bonello (Cycling), Shaun Bajada (Football), Samuel Deguara (B’Ball), Brad Hindel Deguara (Squash), Mario Bonello (Athletics), Daniel Zahra (Kickboxing), Noel Baldacchino (HorseRacing), Mark Zammit (Triathlon), Hubert Camilleri (Hillclimb), Mark Gauci (Table Football), Mark Cassar (Pistol Shooting), Maurice Formosa (Cycling), Colin Pace (Chess), Simon Giordemaina (Drag Racing),Tony Drago (Snooker), Mark Spiteri (Bowling).

Sportswoman of the Year

Awarded to an athlete (female) who has achieved outstanding results in respect to their performances at an international and/or national level and who exhibits the hightest level of skill, performance and dedication to their sport. The nominees include:
Thoresen Rebecca Brincat (B’Ball), Josephine Grima (B’Ball), Marie Claire Aquilina (Cycling),Eleoner Bezzina (Pistol Shooting), Danica Bonello Spiteri (Cycling/Triathlon),  Rebecca Camilleri (Athletics), Sue Abela (Bowling), Marcon Bezzina (Judo), Jessica Pace (Table Tennis), Davina Mangion (Swimming), Amy Micallef (Swimming), Nicole Gatt (Weightlifting), Kimberley Cassar (Tennis).

Official of the Year

Awarded to an individual who has achieved outstanding results in officiating at an international and/or national level. Nominations are open to all local referees/umpires/technical officials. The nominees include:

Maria Mifsud Bonnici (Sports Nutrition), Esther Azzopardi (Referee Football), Bernard Vassallo (Referee B’Ball), Joe Caruana Curran (President Billiards and Snooker), Maġ. Antonio Mizzi (President MBA), Frank Camilleri (Secretary MBA), Vincent Degiorgio (Secretary Malta Pool Association), Jesmond Caruana (President Malta, Weightlifting Federation), Mario Dalli (Referee Waterpolo). Massimo Angilleri (Referee Waterpolo), Terry Camilleri (Referee Snooker), Silvio Catania (President International Table Football Sports Federation).

Team of the Year

Awarded to a team who has achieved outstanding results in respect to their perofrmance in a national competition. The nominees include:

Birkirkara FC, Valletta FC, Women’s National Basketball Team, Men’s National Basketball Team, National Pool Team, Regatta Senglea, 4 x 100 Men’s Swimming Medley Team, National Team Traithlon, National Team MRFU Rugby, FISEC Games National Swimming Team, Darren Vella/Clive Farrugia (Shooting), Tony Mifsud/Ivan Rizzo (Snooker), National Table Football, Mediterranean Championships Horse Racing Team.

U-17 Category

Awarded to a junior athlete (male or female) who has achieved outstanding results in respect to their performances at a n international and/or national level and who exhibits the highest level of skill, performance and deication to their sport. The nominees include: 

Colette Sultana (Squash), Daniel Bajada (Table Tennis), Jeremy Saywell (Judo), Nicole Gatt (Athletics), Mark Sammut (Swimming), Maria Sciberras (Athletics), Thomas Farrugia (Athletics), Nathan Lee Xuereb (Shooting), Vella Tamara (Athletics), Andre Agius (Swimming), Rhea Cassar (Swimming), Lucas Pace (Karting), Andrew Galea (Karting), Liam Gauci (Karate), Joe Micallef Stafrace (Golf), Nicole Muscat (Swimming).

Special Recognition for Athlete with Special Needs

This award will be given in recognition of a sportsperson (male or female), in disabled category, who exhibits the highest level of skill, performance and dedication to their sport. The nominees include:

Dalli Claudio, Angele Azzopardi

Sporting Event of the Year

The nominees include:

UEFA Executive Meeting organised by the Malta Football Association; European Snooker Championships organised by the Malta Billiards & Snooker Association; Tour ta’ Malta organised by the Malta Cycling Federation; European Athletics Championships organised by the Malta Amateur Athletic Association; International Rugby Conference organised by the Malta Rugby Union; and the EOC Executive Committee meeting and Forum of the International Olympic Committee organised by the Maltese Olympic Committee.


  1. Joe says:

    Nixtieq nistaqsi, kif il-VIVA World Cup, li nzammet f’Gunju li ghadda f’Ghawdex ma tidher imkien, la hi u lanqas xi ufficcjal Ghawdxi li ha sehem fija? Jew attivitajiet li jkunu organizzati f’Ghawdex minkejja li dawn ikunu internazzjonali u anke ikbar minn uhud li jinsabu nnominati, ma jkunux ikkunsidrati?


  2. alan says:

    Dawn kif jintazlu l atleti.. Steve Martrin ghadu kemm rebah f world Championship tal kIckboxing gewwa l Italia fejn irraprezenta lil Malta.. u qisu xejn mhux xejn f din id dixxilplina sportiva,,


    Sportinmalta Reply:

    Grazzi tal-e mail u kumment tieghek. F’isem Mario Meli Chairperson tal-Kumitat tal-Ghazliet qed inwassal dan il-komunikat: Sandro Micallef——-
    Nassigurak li n-nominazzjoni taghkom tigi kunsidrata u jekk approvata mill-Kunsill, l-isem ta’ Steve Martin jigi inkluz mal-ohrajn fil-kategoprija ta l-Isportiv tas-Sena.
    Nigbidlek l-attenzjoni li jekk l-Ghaqda taghna ma tigiex infurmata bl-attivitajiet li jkollkhom, kemm lokali u wisq aktar internazzjonali ma jkunx possibbli li nkunu nafu kollox.
    Jekk il-PRO taghkom jibda jzommna infurmati dwar kull attivita, napprezzaw hafna.
    Mario Meli


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