MAAA to hold National Youth Championships this weekend

Seniors return for final challenge meeting.

Ritratt: Wally Galea

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

It will be a packed athletics weekend for all ages at the Matthew Micallef St John in Marsa as the season approaches its end.

For younger athletes, the National Championships will be the highlight of this gruelling season while the seniors will have one final opportunity, through the second Challenge meeting of the season, to finalise their preparations for the  National Championships due on 22nd and 23rd August.

The weekend will comprise no less than 45 events, 22 on Saturday and 23 on Sunday.

The seniors challenge meeting will mark the return of the long-distance runners on the track for a 5000m race. A number of local athletes have performed admirably during the first road races following the resumption of sporting activities and it will be interesting to see if such performances can be replicated on the tartan track.

Wally Galea

Among the younger athletes, the events held during the past week gave some indications of favourites for podium finishes. Among the Under 16s, Matthew Galea Soler, Gabriel Petroni (La Salle) and Yan Vella from Pembroke Athleta are sure bets for the sprints, while Julian Zarb (La Salle), Matthew Curmi (Savio) and Noah Portelli from Mosta Secondary School can all aspire for a place on the podium on the longer distances.

Juliette Spina from San Anton, Jade Borg and Kay Lee Testa from Pembroke are the names to watch in the girls category.

The U14 boys the duo Thomas Grech, Lyon Falzon from La Salle and the Starmax Shoemake female twins in the short sprints are dubbed for Gold. Mireya Bugeja, fresh from her best overall performance in the 1200m is a natural choice for a repeat strong performance.

Wally Galea

In the U12 boys, the Pembroke starlets Elai Borg and Jamie Azzopardi start as the favourites to fight for gold whilst confirming their supremacy in the category. Thea Grech (La Salle) and Kristina Azzopardi (Pembroke Athleta) start as favourites among the girls.

While entrance will be free of charge throughout the weekend, the Malta Amateur Athletics Association informs the public that access to Marsa track from Aldo Moro street is no longer possible and should be directed to the Park and Ride Qormi via Marsa Sports Club. Drivers are encouraged to park in the ditch. There shall be signs for directions.

The presentation ceremony of the awards will be held on Monday 3rd August at 6.00 pm at the Matthew Micallef St John track.

Programme of Events

Saturday 1st August 2020

U16MU16BBoys’ 1500 Steeplechase16:30
ALLFSWWomens’ Hurdles16:40
ALLFSMMens’ Hurdles16:45
U14MU14BBoys’ Discus16:50
U14FU14GGirls’ Discus16:50
U16MU16BBoys’ Long Jump16:55
U12MU12BBoys’ Long Jump16:55
U16FU16GGirls’ 75 Hurdes17:00
U16MU16BBoys’ 80 Hurdles17:10
U12FU12GGirls’ 6017:20
U12MU12BBoys’ 6017:30
ALLMSMMen’s Hammer17:30
ALLFSWWomen’s Hammer17:30
U16FU16GGirls’ Long Jump17:40
U12FU12GGirls’ Long Jump17:40
ALLMSMMen’s 10017:45
U14MU14BBoys’ 10017:55
U14FU14GGirls’ 10018:05
ALLFSWWomen’s 10018:20
U16FU16GGirls’ Discus18:20
U16MU16BBoys’ Discus18:20
U16MU16BBoys’ 80018:30
ALLMSMMen’s 80018:40
U16FU16GGirls’ 800m18:50
U14MU14BBoys’ High Jump18:50
U14FU14GGirls’ High Jump18:50
ALLFSWWomen’s 80019:00
U16MU16BBoys’ Javelin19:00
U16FU16GGirls’ Javelin19:00
ALLMSMMen’s Javelin19:00
ALLFSWWomen’s Javelin19:00
ALLMSMMen’s Long Jump19:00
ALLFSWWomen’s Long Jump19:00
U16FU16GGirls’ 10019:05
U16MU16BBoys’ 10019:15
U14MU14BBoys’ 60019:30
U14FU14GGirls’ 60019:40
U14MU14BBoys’ Shot19:40
U14FU14GGirls’ Shot19:40
U16MU16BBoys’ 4×10020:00
U16FU16GGirls’ 4×10020:15
ALLMFSMWMixed 500020:25

Sunday 2nd August 2020

U14FU14GGirls’  70 Hurdles16:30
U16MU16BBoys’ High Jump16:30
ALLMSMMens’ High Jump16:30
U12FU12GGirls’ Ball Throw16:30
U14MU14BBoys’  75 Hurdles16:40
U16FU16GGirls’ 20016:50
U16MU16BBoys’ 20017:00
ALLFSWWomens’ Discus Throw17:00
U12MU12BBoys’ Ball Throw17:00
ALLMSMMens’ Discus Throw17:00
U14MU14BBoys’  Long Jump17:00
U16MU16BBoys’ 150017:15
ALLMSMMens’ 150017:25
U14FU14GGirls’ 30017:35
U12FU12GGirls’ 30017:45
U14MU14BBoys’ 30017:55
U12MU12BBoys’ 30018:05
U16MU16BBoys’ Shot18:10
U16FU16GGirls’ Shot18:10
U16FU16GGirls’ High Jump18:10
ALLFSWWomens’ High Jump18:10
ALLFSWWomens’ 150018:15
U16FU16GGirls’ 150018:25
ALLMSMMen’s 20018:35
U14MU14BBoys’  Javelin18:40
U14FU14GGirls’ Javelin18:40
ALLFSWWomen’s 20018:45
U14MU14BBoys’  120018:55
U14FU14GGirls’  Long Jump19:00
U16MU16BBoys’ 40019:05
U16FU16GGirls’ 40019:15
U14FU14GGirls’  120019:30
ALLMSMMens’ Triple Jump19:30
ALLFSWWomens’ Triple Jump19:30
ALLMSMMens’ 40019:40
ALLFSWWomens’ 40019:45
U14FU14GGirls’ 4×10019:55
U14MU14BBoys’ 4×10020:05
U16MU16BBoys’ 300020:20
U16FU16GGirls’ 300020:30