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Listen: Shine Your Light: New song for the Games of the Small States of Europe launched

The Games will take place in Malta between May 29 and June 3

Popular singers Amber and Aidan will be singing the official song for the Games of the Small States of Europe, taking place between May 29 and June 3. 

Aptly named Shine Your Light, the lyrics were written by Amber, whilst the music score was co-written by Amber and Elton Zarb.  

The song is a musing of the emotions that athletes go through in preparation for competition. The fear of losing hope and holding on to dreams. 

With just a little more than a month to go for the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the Small States of Europe to take place, the launch of the official song coincided with an informal event hosted for Games volunteers hosted by the Maltese Olympic Committee at one of the Games venues – the Basketball Pavillion in Ta’ Qali.

“We are thrilled with the song. The spirit and emotions of the Games have been beautifully captured and are something that athletes can wholly relate to! We are sure that this song will become a popular hit in no time at all,” said Julian Pace Bonello, president of the Maltese Olympic Committee.

Volunteers during the Games will be allocated a variety of responsibilities, ranging from managing venues, technical expertise for each sport, time-keeping,  media, liaison officers with teams and officials.

Local Organisation chairman Mark Cutajar emphasised the responsibility volunteers have towards these Games in ensuring that they create a welcoming environment and sense of community for the hundreds of athletes and officials coming to Malta for these Games. Echoing these sentiments was Joe Cassar, who was responsible for setting up the volunteer structure for these Games. He emphasised their importance, describing them as the unsung heroes of such events who play such an important role in this sporting event.

Apart from members of the Maltese Olympic Committee and Local Organising Committee, present for the event was Dr Clifton Grima, Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation​.

“The preparations for these Games have been ongoing for quite a while now, and as time approaches, we are reaching the climax of our preparations”, said Dr Grima.

Thanking the artists and volunteers for their commitment, Minister Grima remarked that the Games will be a wonderful experience not only for the athletes but also for the entire Maltese and Gozitan population.

“These Games will not only continue to put us on the world map of sport, but it will be an occasion in which our athletes will translate the training and investment we have made into good results both on a personal level and also on a national scale”, concluded Minister Grima.

Over 1,000 athletes and officials representing the nine GSSE countries will be in Malta to compete in 10 disciplines including – athletics, basketball, judo, rugby 7s, sailing, shooting, squash, swimming, tennis and table tennis.

The XIX Games of the Small States of Europe are being supported by SportMalta, NDSF, Welbee’s Supermarket, National Lottery, MITA, General Soft Drinks, Visit Malta, European Olympic Committees, Go, Enemed, BOV, Transport Malta, Malta International Airport and The Concept Stadium.

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