Tenishia Thornton won a prestigious award after a combined vote by sports journalists and a public vote which was held online. The first edition of this award, which took place in 2020, was also won by Tenishia Thornton. and at that time.
At the tender age of 16, Thornton bagged an astonishing three gold medals and the title of World Youth Champion at the World Youth Championships held in June in Leon, Mexico. Competing in the women’s 55kg class, the young Maltese lifter stunned the field with a successful 78kg lift snatch, a successful 100kg lift in the clean and jerk, and a total of 178kg – to set a new Commonwealth and national record.
In August she won the European Youth Championships in the 55kg Category in Razyn Poland.
In November, Thornton also won the best individual female athlete in the Weightlifting European Small Nation Championships, held in Cyprus. She managed personal best and national records.
During the Malta Weightlifting Awards 2022 (MWA), Tenisha Thornton received the Diamond Award for reaching 104.23% in MWA rankings. She also received the Achievement Award for her 144 national records broken in 2022 and the Recognition Award for the top 10 international competitions she participated in during 2022.
Source: Jesmond Caruana, MWA President