The Malta U18 National Pool Team has been awarded the Atlas Youth Athlete of the Month Award for July. This is the second time this year that this award has been awarded to a team.

Steve Muscat, Nick Muscat, Chaylon Castaldi, Jake Castaldi, and Nordai Desira were crowned World Champions as a team during the competition held in Agadir, Morocco. In the final, they managed to beat South Africa 8-7 after a consistent performance throughout the tournament. This success follows the title of European Champions which they won in February.

The trophy for the July 2023 Atlas Youth Athlete of the Month, together with individual mementos for the players and Team Manager Vince Saliba, were presented by Matthew von Brockdorff, Managing Director & CEO, and Robert Micallef, Chief Commercial Officer of Atlas Insurance. The Malta Sports Journalists Association was represented by General Secretary Lorraine Cunningham.

This award is a joint initiative of the Malta Sports Journalists Association and Atlas Insurance. The adjudicating panel of this award takes note of all the youth athletes’ achievements during the month under review and at the same time it invites local sport associations and federations to send in their nominations for consideration if they feel that any of their under-21 athletes have distinguished themselves during that month.

Nominations for this award may be sent via email to The rules and regulations of the award can be viewed on the website

Photo caption: The Malta U-18 National Pool Team together with Lorraine Cunningham (MSJA), Vince Saliba and Vincent Degiorgio (Malta Pool Association), Matthew von Brockdorff and Robert Micallef (Atlas Insurance)