Women in Sports

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Maja Theuma – Maltese Paralympic swimmer & Dr. Michelle Vella Wood – mother, scientist, athlete, coach and business owner

Women in Sport Maja Theuma

Maja Theuma is a 22-year-old S6 Maltese paralympic swimmer. She forms part of the Exiles Sc team and is part of the National Paralympic team.

She participated in various national and international competitions during her swimming career: World Para Swimming Championships, World Paraswimming European Open Championships and World Para Swimming Series. She is currently ranked the 4th fastest swimmer internationally in the 200m S6 category.

Maja is also the Para Athlete Representative of Malta. As a Para Athlete Representative, she strives to ensure that the voice of local athletes is represented in a collaborative, professional and effective manner and that all athletes’ viewpoints remain the centre of the decision-making process.
Maja’s experience and knowledge bring new perspectives and ideas to the Athlete Council, supporting athletes on and off the playing field. Maja is ready to work hand in hand with para-athletes for a better future in sports governance, business and community leaders.


Women in Sport Dr. Michelle Vella Wood 

Dr Michelle Vella Wood is a mother, scientist, athlete, coach and business owner. She has a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Biology and Chemistry, a Master’s in Business Administration, a Master’s in Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship and a PhD in Science.

Michelle has been an athlete for over 30 years – in athletics, triathlon, rowing and cycling with National Championship titles earned in each. She has also represented Malta in several big races abroad, such as the Games of the Small States of Europe in San Marino in 2017, where she won a silver medal with her team and the European Games in Baku in 2015. She is also an experienced mentor and qualified coach.

Through her business, Freedom is a Bicycle, she has helped people of all ages discover the joy of cycling and develop the skills to feel confident and safe while riding a bike.


(Photo Credit: Therese Debono)



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