The annual Malta Weightlifting Association award ceremony was held with a difference this week due to the increasing numbers of COVID cases. This year, only the winners were invited to a sit down event were they were awarded for their successes in 2021.
There’s no doubt, year after year, the MWA has been celebrating growing successes. Following a very difficult year of uncertainties, cancelled competitions, and undesirable training situations, the MWA has come out on top in 2021. In fact, last year we saw Malta Weightlifting participate in all 4 major championships; European Championships, World Championships, Commonwealth Championships and Olympic Games.
The biggest awards of the night went to Tenishia Thornton, who won the Diamond Award for her exceptional results in the last year. Despite having to deal with an ongoing injury for most of 2021, she managed a series of successful results throughout the year. Namely, her 10th place finish at the senior European championships in Moscow and her bronze medal at the Commonwealth championships. Tenishia was also awarded for most national records broken in 2021. She has broken 83 records across the 49kg, 55kg and 59kg weight categories in the U17, U20, U23 and senior age groups.
Yazmin Zammit Stevens was also awarded and recognized for being the first female athlete representing the MWA at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. Zammit Stevens also managed to win a bronze medal at the commonwealth championships and finish in 13th overall at the World championships.
15 year old Rylee Borg was next in line for most national records broken following Thornton. He managed to break a whopping 64 national records across multiple weight categories and age groups. He also managed to win the bronze level award for this achievements this year. Athlete Kim Camilleri Lagana and Roberta Tabone were also awarded the bronze level award.
Other awarded handed out during the other were the Most Improved awards, won by male athlete Nathan Mifsud (+78 points) and female athlete Aaliyah Gatt (+30 points). The most improved new comer award went to Kaya Curmi Inguanez who improved her Sinclair points by 26points.
The Commitment award of the year 2021 was won by Luke Treebyward who had shown great promise and determination in his training.
The awards were handed out by President of the MWA Mr. Jesmond Caruana and MWA secretary Mr. Matthew Camilleri.
Mr. Jesmond Caruana ended the ceremony describing a year of success and the plans for the coming year. The commonwealth Games being the main focus for 2022. Other main competitions for the upcoming year include European Championships for both senior and youth athletes and the World Championships which will so be the first qualifying event for the Paris 2024 Olympics.