Blood do­na­tion cam­paign by Elite Sports Triathlon team

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

With the 2016 lo­cal triathlon sea­son well and truly over, the re­cently formed Elite Sports Triathlon team have de­cided to wrap up the sat­is­fac­tory end of their first sea­son with the or­gan­i­sa­tion of a Blood Do­na­tion Cam­paign aptly ti­tled Save Lives.

Whilst the name Elite Sports Triathlon team might not ring so fa­mil­iar, the driv­ing force be­hind it needs no in­tro­duc­tion. Dr. Danica Bonello Spi­teri, who man­ages and coaches the team has clocked up a sub­stan­tial amount of ac­co­lades and ti­tles in the triathlon scene over the past 20 years – both on a lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional level.

“We have all been gifted with the gift of life as well as en­joy­ing ex­cel­lent health that al­lows us to prac­tice our beloved sport. The month of Oc­to­ber will be an off sea­son for us, where we will not be train­ing to al­low our­bod­ies and minds to rest and re­cover,” ex­plained Bonello Spi­teri. “As a team we felt that this is the right time to give back some­thing pre­cious and life-sav­ing to peo­ple in less for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances than our­selves - some­thing that can­not be bought with money or cre­ated by man.”

Save Lives will take place on Sun­day 23 Oc­to­ber from 9am to noon at the Blood Do­na­tion Unit at St. Luke’s Hos­pi­tal in G’Man­gia.

“Be­ing to­tally hon­est, I have never do­nated blood but be­ing in the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion, it is not the first time that I or­dered it for my pa­tients at Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal. Do­nat­ing blood saves lives and brings hope,” added Bonello Spi­teri.

Those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Save Lives cam­paign are to be in gen­eral good health. If do­nat­ing for the first time, donors are to be aged be­tween 18 and 63 years of age. 17 year olds must have parental/guardian con­sent. There is a num­ber of cri­te­ria that donors should be aware of and all in­for­ma­tion can be found via the link be­low.

https://health.gov.mt/en/ nbts/Pages/Be­come-aDonor/be­come-a-donor.aspx

More in­for­ma­tion about the cam­paign can be ob­tained by con­tact­ing Dr Bonello Spi­teri via email on coach@elitetriteam.com

About Elite Sports Triathlon Team

Elite Sports Triathlon team wel­comes ath­letes of all lev­els. The train­ing ap­proach fo­cuses on pre­par­ing each ath­lete with an elite ap­proach type of mind­set, ir­re­spec­tive of the level the ath­lete is rac­ing at.

Train­ing con­cen­trates on at­ten­tion to de­tail and qual­ity rather than quan­tity train­ing.

Mem­bers of the Elite Sports Triathlon team are given op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­po­sure to lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional triathlon races which in­clude on and off road rac­ing.

The team is led, man­aged and coached by Danica Bonello Spi­teri, who has been on the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional scene for over 20 years.

Mar­ius Vizer, right, pre­sent­ing the gold medal to Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Muscat Maria Vella-Gera

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