All photos by Maria Vella Galea
The 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games kicked off today, and Team Malta’s 24-athlete strong delegation is already out for gold. While some competitions like wrestling will be carried out next week, others like squash and lawn bowls have already started, and the Maltese athlete’s performances are already bringing in some very positive results.
It started with Colette Sultana, who brought Malta’s first win in a squash game against the Cayman Islands’ Samantha Hennings. Sultana’s impressive 3-0 win was later challenged by legendary eight-time world champion Nicol David, who won the following set.
Malta’s Daniel Zammit Lewis, however, brought back another 3-0 win. This time, it was against Trinidad and Tobago’s Kale Wilson. Zammit-Lewis won with scores of 13-11, 11-8 and 11-8, but then had to succumb to Jamaica’s Lewis Walters.
The squash team will next be on court on Tuesday 10th April in the doubles competition.
— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) April 5, 2018
When it come to Lawn Bowls, Malta brought in even more positive results, this time with two consecutive wins.
First up was a commitment against England, where Team Malta managed to gain a 14-10 victory. Next was India, which also couldn’t defeat the Maltese side. Team Malta’s quartet (made up of Sharon Callus, Rosemarie Rixon and her two daughter Rebecca and Connie-Leigh) won this match 20-15. That put the Maltese team comfortably on the top of Section B, with the maximum six points for their two victories.
As for the men’s pairs section, Team Malta managed to go from a 22-11 defeat against Australia to a 28-11 win against Brunei.
Tomorrow, the Maltese team will end their commitments by facing Fiji and Northern Island.