You made Gozo Proud – Gozo’s Special Olympics team members
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Gozitans turned out in force this morning to give a warm welcome and congratulate the three young Gozitan members of the Special Olympics Malta team – Maria-Pia Saliba, Carmelo Pace and Giuseppina Galea, who made all of Gozo so proud.
The Ministry for Gozo organised a special event to mark their wonderful gold and bronze medal wins in swimming and cycling at the Special Olympics World Games held earlier this month in Abu Dhabi. Between them they won six medals – four gold and two bronze.
Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana welcomed Maria-Pia, Carmelo and Giuseppina to cheers from the crowds present.She congratulated them on their great success and each was presented with a trophy to mark their achievement. A large cake was shared by all in honour of the occasion.
Dr Caruana said that the commitment, determination and sacrifice and shown by these three Gozitans athletes was rewarded through their achievements and the honour for themselves and the country.
The Minister said that although sh was not physically present at these games, she had still followed what was happening through social media and direct communication with the athletes and their families.
She pledged her full support to the young athletes. And said that a big thanks goes to the families of our athletes, Anna Calleja the Special Olympics Malta National Director, managers, coaches, all Special Olympics volunteers, and to all the people for their support of the athletes who represented our country.
The young Gozitans presented Minister Caruana with a camel, a memento brought back from the desert of Abu Dhabi – not a real one of course……
Photographs by Alain Salvary