The young weightlifter, Tenishia Thornton, has been named the Atlas Youth Athlete of the Year for 2022.
This prestigious award was determined by a panel of three sports journalists and a public online vote. She won this award after winning the Atlas Youth Athlete of the Month for June, which marked the first of many impressive achievements for the 16-year-old.
At the World Youth Championships in Leon, Mexico, Thornton stunned the field with a successful 78kg snatch, 100kg clean and jerk, and a total of 178kg, setting a new Commonwealth and national record.
In November, she also won the best individual female athlete at the Weightlifting European Small Nation Championships in Cyprus.
During the Malta Weightlifting Awards 2022, Thornton received the Diamond Award for reaching 104.23% in international rankings, the Achievement Award for breaking 144 national records, and the Recognition Award for participating in the top 10 international competitions of the year.
The annual award, along with a sports apparel voucher, was presented by the management of Atlas Insurance and the Malta Sports Journalists Association. This initiative is a joint effort between the two organisations to promote and acknowledge young Maltese athletes.
The monthly winners of the award are eligible for the annual prize, with the adjudicating panel taking into consideration the athletes’ achievements and nominations from local sports associations and federations.
Atlas Insurance has confirmed its renewal of the collaboration with the Malta Sports Journalists Association for another year.