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Special Olympics Malta athletes win record 16 gold medals at World Games

Special Olympics Malta athletes were given a heroes’ welcome at the Malta International Airport on their return after their record-breaking performance at the World Games in Berlin on Sunday.

The Malta contingent enjoyed a fairytale participation at this year’s Games as the Maltese athletes amassed the highest number of gold medals – 16.

Special Olympics Malta competed in seven different disciplines during the Games, namely athletics, bocce, bowling, cycling, swimming golf and table tennis.

During these Games, the Maltese finished with a total tally of 32 medals – 16 gold, 11 silver, and four bronze.

The Maltese athletes competed in 45 different competitions with the contingent formed by 22 athletes and five unified partners.

As part of the 2023 World Games programme, the Maltese delegation also participated through its athletes at the Global Youth Leadership Summit as well as the Global Athletes Congress.

Here, the Maltese athletes had the opportunity to share their experiences with other participants from around the world.

Dr Lydia Abela, the president of Special Olympics Malta, participated also in a discussion session regarding the inclusion of women and young ladies with intellectual disabilities.

During these Games, several athletes from Special Olympics Malta, came to the fore with brilliant performances, such as cyclist Gareth Borg and bowler Luke Borg, who with their talent and determination managed to win three gold medals each.

Dr Abela had words of praise for all members of the Special Olympics Malta for the commitment and determination shown during these Games.

“Our country wins when it gives value to each and every member of its society,” Dr Abela said when she welcomed home the Special Olympics Malta contingent at the Malta International Airport.

“The World Games organised by Special Olympics are a celebration and a living example of inclusivity, where different abilities unite through sport for a common goal, that everyone becomes a protagonist.”

Anna Calleja, National Director of Special Olympics Malta, showed her gratitude towards the technical staff for the great commitment shown to achieve these positive results.

“The intensive work that was carried out during the past months has yielded an excellent result. It’s in particular moments like these that show the importance of having continuous knowledge of the importance of inclusion in our society, where sport serves as a motivator to bring everyone on board,” Calleja said.

Calleja showed her appreciation towards Special Olympics Malta sports director Christabel D’Amato who with great determination and dedication co-ordinated the work towards the development and preparation of so many Maltese athletes so that these can secure positive results.

At the end of their statement, Special Olympics Malta, showed their gratitude towards the Maltese and Gozitan public for their continuous support and looks forward to more work towards people with intellectual disability.

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