Tuesday 21 March 2006, Rebecca Madyson
kept her promise and made Malta proud in a big-scale event after finishing second in the women's Trap competition in the Commonwealth Games at the Melbourne Gun Club.
So far, this is the most outstanding result ever for Malta in the Commonwealths and betters the performances of William Chetcuti, third in Manchester four years ago, and Laurie Pace, also third in judo in 1990.
Madyson's medal also consolidates the claim of the local shooting fraternity that their sport has given the country the best results ever on the international stage.
Madyson, 26, is the daughter of Maltese parents who migrated to Australia. Before marrying Husband Jamie, Rebecca's family name was Attard.
Her husband and her parents were at the ranges to support her.
Rebecca has a three-year-old daughter, Riley and is six months pregnant with another child. She lives in Morwell and last year she visited Malta.
Madyson's performance was simply superb and despite her condition, showed a great level of concentration. She was second after the first 75 clays and targeted the only 25-straight of the day in the third round after scores of 23 and 22.
The gold medal went to South Africa's Diane Swanton. She hit 20 in the barrage for an overall score of 92.
Malta Shooting Federation president Saviour Portelli said, "When Rebecca was asked to shoot for Malta last year she immediately accepted our invitation. Before, she had competed for Australia in the Oceania Games but was overlooked for further selections."
Rebecca Madyson, with the silver medal and the Malta flag draped over her shoulders, with Malta Olympic Committee president Lino Farrugia Sacco (left) and shooting federation president Saviour Portelli. Picture: Jamie Madyson
Her success in Melbourne has filled Madyson with greater ambitions now and she has already set her sights on the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
"My major goal now is to compete in the next Olympics," Madyson commented. “Since I took up the sport I dreamed of winning a medal in the Olympics. The level of competition in China will be higher than the Commonwealths but I have always been a positive person and this silver medal in Melbourne has filled me with great confidence. I know, I have a good chance of fulfilling my dream in 2008."
William Chetcuti shooting in the double trap competition at the Melbourne Gun Club. The Maltese shooter finished third to win a bronze medal. Photo: Mark Avellino
On Thursday 23 March 2006 Maltese shooter William Chetcuti won the bronze medal in the double trap competition at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne Gun Club in Lilydale. This emulated his third placing at the Manchester Commonwealth Games four years ago.
Coming only days after Rebecca Madyson took silver in the women's trap event on Tuesday, Chetcuti's bronze medal gave Malta its best ever tally in Commonwealth Games history.
At the end of the opening three rounds of the double trap yesterday, Chetcuti, 21, seemed well on track to challenge for the gold medal as he finished second in the standings with 139 clays, only two short of leader Stevan Walton, of England, and two better than Indian Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who was third at that stage.
Rodney Micallef, Malta's other competitor in double trap, failed to make the final when he totalled 124 from 150 (40, 42 and 42) to finish 15th overall.
Chetcuti has already turned his sights on his next competition, a World Cup shoot in China early next month. This will be the first time Chetcuti will compete in the Asian country and the event should prove useful in his run-up for the 2008 Beijing Games where he is expected to lead Malta's charge for an historic first medal in Olympic Games.
Malta's chef-de-mission Pippo Psaila declared himself pleased with the performance of Chetcuti in Melbourne, one that confirmed that he is well on course to fulfil the Malta Olympic Committee's ambition of challenging for a medal in the Beijing Olympics.
Psaila confirmed that it is the intention of the MOC to have Madyson and Chetcuti in their contingent for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, he admitted that there is still a lot of work to be done for these athletes to gain the go-ahead to compete in China in two years' time.
"It will not be easy for us to send two shooters to the Beijing Olympics," Psaila said. "The International Shooting Federation (ISF) provide one wild card, meaning that either William or Rebecca will have to achieve automatic qualification by winning one major ISF shoot.
"That makes it even more imperative for both shooters to keep improving in order to reach this target. To this end, I hope that we will receive more support not only from the government but also from private firms.
"We have two athletes who have the potential of winning an Olympic medal for Malta in Beijing. Thus, we have the responsibility to make sure that they are given the financial assistance to fulfil their potential."
It's Fabrizio again!
will be the song representing Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest in Greece on May 21.
It was a triumphant comeback for Fabrizio Faniello who has been selected again to participate in the Eurovision. The song written by the singer himself polled 7,729 votes, beating off competition from Olivia Lewis with just a handful of votes.
The Pop Idol, who way back in 2001 placed ninth in the Eurovision, is jet-setting across Europe in a bid to boost his popularity among participating countries.
Fabrizio has put on a performance in Latvia and Greece and touring Lithuania, Belarus and Estonia.
Fabrizio is being very well received in all the countries. However, competition is tough this year as most countries that have to make it through the semi-finals are sending some of their best representatives.
Fabrizio's video has been finalised and he is also taking some dance lessons to sharpen his performance. He will be accompanied on stage in Greece, by five foreign dancers, two of whom will be doubling up as backing vocals.