Five bowlers from Special Olympics Malta (SOM) have placed well in the 2011 Tenovar National Championships organized by the Malta Ten Pin Bowling Association. (MTBA) The youngest player Philip Gruppetta came in 1st place in the under-16 division with a total of 1983 pins. This result helped him qualify to also play in the under-23 division where he placed 5th in the final.
Bjorn Tabone played a great game in the under-23s coming in with a total of 1934 pins – a score above his usual average. Maria Spiteri came in 3rd place in the under-23s with a total of 1384 pins. Luke Burke placed 3rd in the under-16 division with a total of 1425 pins while his brother Kyle Burke placed 4th in the same division, with a total of 1424 pins.
“We are extremely proud of our athletes,” said Anna Calleja, Director of Special Olympics Malta. “We’re also satisfied with gaining this opportunity for inclusion for our athletes. Participation in this tournament is a result of the European-wide partnership between Special Olympics Europe Eurasia and the European Tenpin Bowling Association, an agreement that was signed in Malta in March last year. The terms of the agreement have been implemented by SOM and the Malta Ten Pin Bowling Association and as a result SOM elite bowlers are now receiving training with national mainstream teams with the opportunity to participate in the national championships.”
SOM thanked its volunteer bowling coaches Jean Carlo Tolu, Anna Farrugia and Mark Spiteri for their ongoing dedication in training the athletes, and Liliana Said from MTBA for her support. The organization also extended its gratitude to the Vodafone Malta Foundation, which has been supporting SOM for a number of years.
“Our ongoing support of Special Olympics Malta has taught us that the ultimate achievement for SOM is inclusion,” said Martin Gregory from the Vodafone Malta Foundation, main sponsor of SOM. “The good results are added-value to this achievement and augur well for the growth of SOM inMalta.”
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