Maltese athletes have been lighting fires lately both locally and internationally, and we now have a teenage weightlifting champion!
This is 13-year-old Tenishia Thornton. Tiny, mighty and bronze medalist of the Annual EU Weightlifting Championship. Competing in the U15 category, Tenishia beat out a number of opponents from around the continent, and Malta made it down to the final three with Spain and Poland.
Malta was represented by three young female powerhouses: 16-year-old Shelby Mangion Vassallo – who suffered an injury during the event but kept pushing herself and continued through the competition – and 13-year-olds Rylee Borg and Tenishia Thornton.
Tenishia scored the medal with a total of 189.6 points and also set new records in the 45kg events, lifting a hefty 122kg! Girl power or what?