The 2013 ‘Għazliet Sportivi Nazzjonali’, this time organised solely by the Għaqda Ġurnalisti Sport, once more featured Neptunes’ waterpolo player Steve Camilleri in the top rankings, while for the first time our club’s swimmer, Neil Muscat landed third place in the contest reserved for young athletes under the age of 18.
Naturally, Camilleri’s successes when helping Neptunes win the 2013 national and winter league title, the President’s Cup, as well as the ‘Player of the Year’ award and the highest spot in the scorers’ list, earned him fourth place with 155 points. Meanwhile, shooter William Chetcuti was again voted by the sports journalists as the ‘Sportsman of the Year.’
The talented 15-year-old swimmer Muscat, who almost swept the board in the ‘C’ category of junior swimming with a spate of records, landed the third spot with 154 points in the cadets’ section of the contest. Certainly, his is a deserved reward after another highly-successful year which should be extended further in terms of future honours, given the lad’s young age. Preceding our swimmer in the first place was another shooter, Lee Nathan Xuereb who collected 223 points.
Mention should also be made of waterpolo national team coach, Karl Izzo who was voted ‘Official of the Year’ with 225 points, as well as the Malta team in this sport who also landed the prestigious team honour when competing with great credit in the LEN Euro Championships’ three qualifying rounds.
Congratulations go to our two club representatives Camilleri and Muscat for keeping our flag flying in this prestigious contest, coach Izzo and the Malta team for winning the honours of the respective sections.
Indeed, aquatic disciplines have come a long way in these national contests.