On Friday, the Maltese Olympic Committee (MOC) revealed the list of athletes who will represent Team Malta at the XIX Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE). Team Malta is composed of a diverse group of athletes, ranging from seasoned medallists to young contenders making their debut at the GSSE.
Following several months of preparation, the Swimming selection also reflects this philosophy and is made up of swimmers who have already represented Malta in previous GSSE editions and some who will be experiencing this for the first time. A number of swimmers who are based abroad have met the required selection criteria and have been included in the selection. The ASA feels that the combination of experience and youth will be an asset to the Team and will result in top performances in front of the home crowds.
The selected Swimmers and their respective events are the following:
Mya Azzopardi – 200 Free, 200, 400 IM
Victoria Balderacchi – 50, 100, 200 Back, 200, 400 IM
Georgia Bohl – 50, 100, 200 Breast, 50 Fly
Dylan Cachia – 200, 400, 800 Free
Nathan Cachia – 800, 1500 Free
Sarah Demicoli – 100 Back, 200 Fly
Francesca Falzon Young – 50, 100 Free, 50 Back
Matthew Galea – 50 Back
Maya Galea – 100, 200 Breast
Sasha Gatt – 400, 800, 1500 Free
Andrea Mallia – 100 Breast
Simon Mallia – 50, 100 Fly
Nathan McCleave – 50, 100 Back, 100 Fly
Amy Micallef – 50 Breast
Kyle Micallef – 50,100 Free
Nirvana Micallef – 50, 100 Free, 100 Fly
Michela Portelli – 50, 100 Fly
Rudi Spiteri – 100 Free, 50 Fly
Michael Stafrace – 50 Breast
Raoul Stafrace – 50 Free, 50 Breast
Sean Wareing – 200 Back
Thomas Wareing – 100, 200 Back, 200, 400 IM
Thomas Woods – 200 Free
These swimmers will be available for the 3 Relay events for both Women and Men, namely, the 4x100m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley and 4x200m Freestyle.
The Swimming Team will be finalising their training in the build-up to the Games under the guidance of National Swimming Coach Delon Dannhauser with the support of the individual coaches of the respective swimmers.
The GSSE Swimming Competition will be held at the National Swimming Pool in Tal-Qroqq between Tuesday 30th May and Friday 2nd June. Heats will be held in the morning starting at 10:00 with Finals and Medal Ceremonies being held in the afternoon from 17:00 onwards. Entrance to all GSSE events is free of charge