Hon Luciano Busuttil

Hon Luciano Busuttil

Luciano Busuttil was born on the 31st of July 1974 and raised in Hamrun. Dr. Busuttil graduated as a lawyer from The University of Malta in 1999. For a period of four years between 1996 and 2000 he also worked at One News as a journalist and presenter. He is married to Dorothy and has two children Gabriel and Kayleigh. He contested for the first time the Local Council election of Hamrun in 2001 and was nominated Mayor, a role which he occupied up to 2007 being reelected in the two consecutive elections.

In 2008 he contested the General Election and was elected Member of Parliament. Following the election he was appointed as representative of The Malta Labour Party representative on the Malta EU Steering Action Committee (MEUSAC) and member on The Foreign and European Committee. Dr. Luciano Busuttil was again re elected in the General Elections of 2013 and was appointed on various parliamentary committees and boards. In October 2013 he was appointed chairman of the Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport. Dr. Busuttil is a member with the Marsa Sports Club and Hamrun Spartans Football Club.

He is an avid follower of sports with football topping his list. As a matter of fact he used to play as goalkeeper but also table-tennis, badminton, subbuteo, volleyball and handball. He is a big supporter of Hamrun and Juventus Club.

Dr. Busuttil strongly believes that Sports disciplines children and is crucial in helping them acquire the necessary life skills needed to become strong adults. In fact during the time when he occupied the role of Mayor of Hamrun he had launched a scheme whereby children could enroll with the Hamrun Nursery with all the costs incurred being waivered by The Local Council, thus giving a great opportunity to all children alike.

Dunstan Attard

Dunstan Attard

Vice Chairman
Sports Background: Since childhood, Dunstan was an avid practitioner of sport. He was regularly selected to represent the three colleges he attended both locally and abroad in various sports disciplines including football, rugby, cricket, table-tennis, and athletics. He eventually played football for Melita AFC and Xaghra United in their respective national leagues since the age of 17. Dunstan also enjoyed a brief spell playing waterpolo in the Gozitan league at the time.

He also played for BOV in the National Table Tennis League.

Dunstan was actively involved in non-league football (St Julian’s FC Athleta Juvenis and Tigne FC) at both player and administrator levels.

He organized the first visit to Malta of the European cup as a preamble to two visits by Nottingham Forest to the island. This was followed by working visits to the English club by Maltese coaches.
Dunstan also served a number of associations as a sport journalist.

Related Work Experience: Dunstan worked for 30 years for one of the leading Banks in Malta where he specialized in Corporate Management and Finance. He was jointly responsible for the setting-up of a number of key departments. He was also responsible for the successful negotiation of major deals during the latter part of his career.

Dunstan is currently serving as Treasurer of the council of management of the MMDNA.

Alfred G Cachia
Sport Related:

Lifetime of Sport would best define Alfred’s background. He started his Sport activities and education at the Salesian Oratory, Sliema, where he formed part of the football and athletics teams. He was captain of Athletics and Cross Country at St. Michael’s TC. Played football for Sliema Minors, Hamrun (Res), Siggiewi and Zurrieq in the respective Leagues. In an amateur capacity he played for St. Julian’s Eagles; Alpines and Sliema YB. And St Michael’s College First Team.

Coached football at Sliema Wanderers at U16 and U18.

Alfred has also coached Waterpolo at Sliema ASC Junior Squads; Exiles Seniors and Juniors and at present Head Coach at Otters ASC. Founder member of the Waterpolo Referees Association in 1978. Specialized in the teaching/coaching of swimming as from 1975. National Swimming Coach 1987/9, Founder Member of the National Swimming Board 1986/2002; National Swimming Coach (FISEC) 1996/2001; International Technical Official (Swimming) for FISEC as from 2002.

Alfred has attended and participated in various sport related seminars, both locally and abroad, where he was also one of the speakers. Alfred has been a Part Time visiting lecturer at University of Malta lecturing B.Ed. (PE) students since 1997.

Sport administration wise Alfred has been a member of various boards and committees (national or at club level) and at present he is Education and Activities Officer at MFA. From 2004 to 2011 was Pool Manager at Ta’Qali.

He started off the concept of SPU in 1997 which was the Swimming Promotion Unit. He also started swimming as part of Skola Sport in 1995.

Related Work experience:

Alfred started teaching at Hamrun Primary, School Street, in 1958 and retired in 2003 having been a Primary School and Secondary School Teacher, an assistant Head of School; and Head of School at both Primary and Secondary Sectors.

Alfred has been very involved in discussions and seminars with a view to the development of education in Malta. Alfred has been very vociferous in the need for quality teaching and learning, in which he also includes coaching since he contends that a coach is also a teacher. His articles in the local press bear witness to those beliefs.

At present Alfred is still lecturing at University and acting as Head coach to Ottesr ASC while participating at MFA as Education and Activities Officer.

Christopher Cocker
Christopher Cocker attended Senglea Primary school and later Liceo Vassalli. Since early childhood, he participated in various sporting activities organised at school. At present, Christopher is a primary class teacher and a local Councillor in Senglea.

He is the councillor responsible for sports in the locality and works hand in hand with the community’s sport committees. He played football in various categories and attended the Marsa Sports Centre ( mostly known as Centru Sportiv ) for 8 years. A former football player with various clubs in leagues organised by the MFA, MAFA, IASC and SWAN. Also he played waterpolo for about three years in the ASA league, table football ( Subbuteo ) in the national league organised by the MTFA and a former snooker player, taking part in the national league organised by the MBSA.

Still a pool player in the Premier league, organised by the MPA and plays for Senglea Bocci Club. Represented his country in the 2000 European Eight Ball Pool Championships in Aberdeen, Scotland and eventually the Maltese national team finished the championships as runner up, after losing to England in the final, with the English team mainly composed of professional players and were and still are amongst the best cueists in the world. Also served on different committees representing various sport disciplines such as football, waterpolo and bowls ( traditionally known as Bocci ). Was also an official and one of the referees in the European Pool Championships, organised in Malta a few years ago.

Keith Bartolo
Keith Bartolo was born on the 19th March 1976, graduated from the University of Malta in Physical Education and is currently reading for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with the University of Leicester. He is a qualified Masseur, Fitness Trainer and a Swimming Coach. He regularly attends seminars and short courses on management/ leadership and sport related topics.

Keith played football up to 1st division level with Marsa FC. For six years he competed in triathlon both locally and abroad. At the age of 25 he took up open water swimming. Keith represented Malta in International Swims in Australia, Italy, Tunisia and the UK. His greatest achievement so far is A World Record Swim for the Longest Fresh Water Relay in the World. Keith is currently training under the guidance of National Team coach Andy Colbourn in preparation for his English Channel Swim in July 2014.

Julian Pace Bonello
Maltese Olympic Committee – 2001 to 2013

Julian Pace Bonello was elected President of Maltese Olympic Committee in April 2013. He was appointed as MOC Representative on Board of Kunsill Malti ghall-iSports in November 2013. He was Deputy President of Maltese Olympic Committee between 2001 and 2013. Mr. Pace Bonello was appointed as Deputy Chairman of Games for Small States of Europe 2003 Organizing Committee and involved in all Committees appointed for those Games organized in Malta.

He is currently the Chair of the MOC Management Board, MOC Executive and Member of various MOC committees, including Sports Awards and Hall of Fame. He is also Member of Technical Commission for most years since 2002. Julian Pace Bonello is responsible for monitoring MOC’s Athletes Commission, Anti-Doping Commission, Legal Commission, Medical Commission and Women in Sport Commission between 2001 and 2013. He also is the Co co-ordinator of Malta’s participation in EU Funded Women in Leadership Project in both 2010 and 2011 and concluded successfully in 2011. He was selected as Malta’s Chef de Mission for 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics, amongst other Games.

Tenpin Bowling – 1975 to 2013


Mr. Pace Bonello presided over all Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships since its inception: Scotland (2002), Cyprus (2004), Melbourne (2006), Belfast (2008), Kuala Lumpur (2011) and Auckland (2013). He presided over each CTBF Congress and Executive Meetings and delivered Opening and Closing Addresses at all above Championships. He is also a Member of Jury of Appeal (highest committee in any Championships) for each Commonwealth Championship and Co-Founder of bi-annual Mediterranean Championships, which started off with four countries and now have thirteen different countries competing with their top athletes every year.He is a Member of Jury of Appeal (highest committee in any Championships) for most Mediterranean Championships and acted as advisor to President of the World Body for Tenpin Bowling (WTBA and FIQ) on Commonwealth Affairs throughout 2000 and 2001 and again between 2011 and 2013. He was elected President of Malta Tenpin Bowling Association (MTBA) in 2013 for 38th consecutive year, ever since he was one of the co-Founders of this National Sports Association in 1975.

He is the Head of Maltese contingents at all Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships and most Mediterranean Championships, where our athletes have won various medals in most Events and still occupy top place of the overall medals-table of the latter. Mr. Pace Bonello resigned as President of MTBA in May 2013, as dictated by Statute of Maltese Olympic Committee.

Ivan Vella
Ivan Vella was born in 1973 and raised in Għaxaq. Presently he is the National Teams’ Manager within the Malta Football Association. He is involved in the administrative organization of the National ‘A’ Team of the Malta FA. He formulates National ‘A’ Team Programme, attends the draws of International Competitions, such as the UEFA European Championships and FIFA World Cup and negotiating the dates and venues of the group matches of these International Championships.

Vella has also a very important role within UEFA as he has been appointed a UEFA Venue Director within Champions league and Europa league Competitions. Since his appointment four years ago, he has directed matches at important stadia, such as the Stadio Olimpico – Rome, Stade de Luz – Benfica, Olympic Stadium – Athens, Stadio San Siro – Milano as well as NK Maribor Stadium – Slovenia. He is also responsible for certifying these stadia to host international matches prior to the respective teams’ participation in UEFA competitions.

Way back in 1997 he was appointed in the International Department of the Malta Football Association and for five consecutive years, he formed a very active role in the International Department. This included the administrative organization of International Matches, both on a friendly and competitive level. In 2006, he has also been appointed as the Sales & Marketing Manager of the Malta Football Association. This involved establishing contacts and reaching sponsorship deals with various companies and business partners both for the National Teams as well as for the MFA in general. In April 2007, Vella attended a UEFA Marketing & Sponsorship Seminar held in Nyon, Switzerland where he delivered his presentation about sponsorship within MFA. Over the last years, he also attended various workshops organized by UEFA, covering a vast number of topics, including Sales, Marketing, PR, Media, Community Relations, TV matters, amongst others.

Anna Calleja

Anna Calleja, ex basketball player of the year and ex sports women of the year.  Teacher of physical education by profession.  Teaching these past 25 years physical education to students with disabilities.  

Has been involved in the voluntary sector for these past 20 years.  Anna Calleja has been working with Special Olympics for these past 15 years.

She has been holding the post as National Director for these past 10 years.

Mark Marlow
Mark Marlow is an avid practitioner of sport, specializing in football coaching. With a career spanning over 22 years, Mark started as a player where he played with a number of clubs and was even part of the National  Football Team between 1985 and 1992 as part of the U21 formation. Mark Marlow specialized in football coaching and he has a number of coaching licences. He is currently undergoing the UEFA PRO.
Mark Marlow is Staff Sgt with the Armed Forces of Malta in charge of the Physical Training Instructors. His main objective is to keep enhancing his knowledge in Football Coaching and Improving Beach Soccer Grassroots in Malta. He would like to perform football coaching on a full-time basis once he retires from the Military Services.
He is also the President of MESA (Malta Employees Sports Associations). He has been a member of this association for the past 15 years, He is a member of the Executive Committee of EFCS (European Federation for Company Sport). Mark has represented Malta on variouss visits abroad and contributed to the field of sports in general.