Atlas athlete of the year

After winning the Atlas Youth Athlete of the Month for June, the young weightlifter Tenishia Thornton has now been awarded the Atlas Youth Athlete of the Year Award 2022.

The Maltese weightlifter won this prestigious award after a combined vote by a panel of sports journalists and a public vote which was held online over the past weeks.

Long jumper Jeremy Zammit and paralympic rower Nick Mercieca placed in the runners-up spot.

The first edition of this award, which took place in 2020, was also won by Thornton and at that time, footballer Haley Bugeja and gymnast Tara Vella Clark were the overall runners up.

At the tender age of 16, Thornton bagged an astonishing three gold medals and the title of World Youth Champion in Leon-Mexico, in June.

Competing in the women’s 55kg class, the young Maltese lifter stunned the field with a successful 78kg lift snatch, a successful 100kg lift in the clean and jerk, and a total of 178kg to set a new Commonwealth and national record.

In July she won the best individual athlete in the European Union Championships, held in Leon-Spain

Another outstanding performance by Thornton came in August during the European Youth Championships in Raszyn-Poland, were she won 3 Gold medals in the 55kg category.

In November, Thornton also won the best individual female athlete in the Weightlifting European Small Nation Championships, held in Limassol-Cyprus. She managed a personal best and national record snatch of 83kg in the 59kg category and paired that up with a 101kg clean and jerk.

Malta finished second in women team  and taking home Silver.

During the Malta Weightlifting Awards 2022 (MWA), Thornton received the Diamond Award for reaching 104.23% in international rankings, which is the highest award that can be reached in the MWA rankings.

She also received the Achievement Award for her 144 national records broken in 2022 and the Recognition Award for the top 10 international competitions she participated in during 2022.

Thornton was officially presented the annual award and the sports apparel voucher by Matthew von Brockdorff, Managing Director and CEO, Robert Micallef, Chief Commercial Officer and David Cassar Business Development and Marketing Manager of Atlas Insurance.

The Malta Sports Journalists Association was represented by President Sandro Micallef and administrator Stephen Azzopardi