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The Maltese Team

As the International School Sport Federation World Badminton Championships are fast approaching, let’s get to know a bit more about who will be representing Malta in this prestigious event, which will be held in Malta for the first time and which will host 275 athletes representing 21 countries from all over the world.

The Boys team will be presented by Mark Abela, Matthew Abela, Sam Cassar, Nigel Degaetano and Matthew Galea. Whilst the Girls team will be represented by Michela Ellul, Sarah Fava, Cheryl Gilford, Yanika Polidano and Rebecca Spiteri.

We wanted to get to know our contingent a bit more so we’ve asked them a few questions.

Here is what they shared with us.

Aldo Polidano

Aldo started playing badminton at a very young age, winning all national titles and represented Malta in various international championships. [...]

Rebecca Spiteri

Rebecca has been taking badminton seriously for the past three years. Rebecca’s dream is to take part in international tournaments [...]

Yanika Polidano

Had she not followed her father Aldo’s footsteps in to the badminton family three years ago, Yanika would have opted [...]

Nigel Degaetano

At 17 years of age, Nigel Degaetano is the eldest of the athlete’s contingent. With ambitions to become National Champion [...]

Patrick Cassar

Patrick brings to the coaches pool 45 years of experience as an athlete. Patrick has obtained Level 1 and 2 [...]

Cheryl Gilford

Cheryl has been in the badminton scene for the past 4 and a half years. Cheryl is looking to win [...]

Sam Cassar

With a mother a former national champion, and a father with years of experience at national level, badminton seemed a [...]

Coach: George Camilleri

George took up coaching when through injury realised his playing days were coming to an end. Since then he has [...]


Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso’s Cave – The Maltese Islands are positively mythic. The narrow meandering streets of their towns and villages lead to the main square, which is invariably dominated by the huge baroque church. As the countryside is dotted with medieval towers, wayside chapels and the oldest known human structures in the world, the Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum.

The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean, 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km north of Africa. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino with a total population of over 400,000 inhabitants occupying an area of 316 square kilometers.

Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre. Gozo is the second largest island and is more rural, characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture. Comino, the smallest of the trio, has one hotel and is largely uninhabited.

With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.