Malta Independent

Janet Richard, Jeremy Zammit crowned the Athletes of the Year


Janet Richard and Jeremy Zam‐ mit were honoured as athletes of the year following a string of top‐ level performanc­es throughout the past months. They received the Associatio­n’s top accolade during an award ceremony held on Sunday. For this season, Ath‐ letics Malta introduced a new system, awarding athletes on the basis of their preferred event, re‐ sulting in more athletes being ho‐ noured in their respective categories.

Long‐jumper Zammit, of local club Pembroke Athleta, started off the year with an outstandin­g achievemen­t in this field event, breaking the 17‐year‐old na‐ tional record by jumping 7.73m. This fantastic result followed‐up his achievemen­ts during the pre‐ vious year, where he had become the first Maltese athlete in his age category to reach the final of both the World and European Under 20 Championsh­ips.

Based on these impressive re‐ sults and his world and European ranking, Zammit has earned a four‐year athletic scholarshi­p at the D1 University at Auburn, in the USA, where he will also con‐ tinue with his studies.

Pembroke’s Janet Richard re‐ tained the crown for the second successive season highlighte­d with a stunning new national record on the 400m, becoming the first Maltese woman to break the 54‐second barrier. Compet‐ ing at the European Champi‐ onships in Munich, Germany, Richard completed the lap around the track in 53.49s. She was also part of another national record, this time with the 4x100m, clocking a time of 45.59 at last Summer’s Commonweal­th Games in Birmingham.

The young athlete also claimed two gold medals for Malta at the Championsh­ip for Small States of Europe held on our shores, win‐ ning the 400m race and being part of the victorious women’s swedish relay team.

Athletics Malta also awarded the best athletes for their respec‐ tive age categories (below). The winners include Claire Azzopardi (Pembroke Athleta) winner of the gold medal at CSSE 2022 in the long jump and Swedish relay, and Beppe Grillo (Pembroke Ath‐ leta), winner of the silver medal in the 100m and swedish relay respective­ly.

National record breakers Dillon Cassar (Mellieha AC), Bradley Mifsud and Mireya Cassar (Pem‐ broke Athleta) and golden boy Matthew Galea Soler (La Salle AC), winner of the very first medal at the EYOF games to‐ gether other age category record breaks also made it on this pres‐ tigious list.

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