Athlete Info

Introduction

My aim is to be able to train properly whilst still studying. I want to be able to give my best in both. I want to make my home country and college proud by always giving my best and obtaining excellent results thanks to my determination, ambition and hard work.

Sport

Sport Track & Field
Team/Club Pembroke Athleta and Malta National Team
Position/Discipline
NAIA ID
NCAA ID

Top Athletic Achievements

PB times:

Long Jump - 5.78m - MAAA Clubs League 1 Malta – June 2019 (outdoor)

Triple Jump - 11.87m - Malta National Championships 2020 – August 2020 (outdoor)

60 meters dash - 8.06secs - EAP Circuit Competition Netherlands – January 2020

100 meters dash - 12.57secs - EAP Circuit Competition Budapest – June 2019 (outdoor)

200 meters - 25.54secs - MAAA 2019 Clubs League 1 Malta – June 2019(outdoor)

Competitions & Tournaments

National Records:

Long Jump U/16 National Record Holder – 5.61m – European Kids Athletic Games 2017 (Silver Medal)

Long Jump U/18 National Record Holder – 5.78m – MAAA Clubs League 1 2019 (First Place in the Senior Category)

Triple Jump U/18 National Record Holder – 11.87m – Malta National Championships 2020 (Second Place in the Senior Category)

High Jump U/14 National Record Holder – 1.49m – World Athletics Day 2016

High Jump U/16 National Record Holder – 1.60m – MAAA Challenge Meeting 3 2017

High Jump U/16, U/18, U/20 National Record Holder and Senior Equal National Record Holder – 1.61m – World Athletics Day 2017

U/16 4x60m Relay National Record Holder – European Kids Athletics Games 2017 (Silver Medal)

Awards:

Special Award for Outstanding Sporting Achievements – Malta Olympic Committee – Sports Awards 2019

Award for Outstanding Achievements U/16 for 2017 and 2018 – MAAA

Award for Outstanding Achievement U/18 for 2019

Youth Athlete of the Month for January 2020 – Malta Sports Journalists Association

National Titles:

National Youth Championships 2018: 1st in Long Jump U/16, 2nd in 100m U/16

Winter Championships 2019: 1st in Long Jump U/18 and Senior, 3rd in 60m dash U/18

National Youth Championships 2019: 3rd in 100 U18, 1st in Long Jump U/18 and 3rd in the Senior Category

Winter Championships 2020: 1st in Long Jump U/18 and 2nd in the Senior category, 2nd in 60m U/18

National Championships 2020: 1st in Long Jump U/18 and 2nd in the Senior category, 1st in Triple Jump U/18 and 2nd in the Senior category

International Medals:

European Kids Athletic Games (EKAG) 2015 – Bronze medal in high jump

European Kids Athletic Games 2016 – Bronze medal in high jump

European Kids Athletic Games 2017 – Silver medal in long jump and 4x60m relay

FISEC GAMES 2018 – Silver medal in long jump and 4x100 relay

COJI Games 2018 – Silver medal in long jump, Gold medal in Swedish relay

COJI Games 2019 – Gold medal in long jump, Silver in Swedish relay, Bronze medal in the 200m

European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) 2019 – 8th place in long jump

Other Athletic Info

I have been part of the Junior National Team for the past 5 years and this year I have been selected in the Senior National Team.

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/pace-wins-the-january-2020-atlas-youth-athlete-of-the-month-award.772256d

https://sportsdesk.com.mt/2020/09/17/moc-launch-youth-support-scheme/?fbclid=IwAR2pLtGYEMc36dSvsbUhI67solEZGXSv6GkPp6f8EP4NpzEeRSM_jE3X1d4

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2018-08-24/sports-others/La-Belle-Dame-Sans-Merci-An-in-depth-Interview-with-Rachela-Pace-6736195286

Academics

GPA 3.5
SAT
TOEFL
High SchoolDe La Salle College Sixth Form

Other Achievements

2 years ago I quit football (soccer) in order to focus more on athletics, I used to form part of the Maltese Football National Team and formed part of the starting 11 in the U16 category.

I also had to quit practicing piano because I was missing training. In piano I have reached Grade 6 before quitting.

Interview

What makes you different

I was brought up in a very athletic family dedicated to sports. Thus I consider sport as part of my lifestyle not a hobby. I am very dedicated in what I do, not only regarding sports but also academics. I have always been ambitious towards my goals and always understood that to achieve these goals one must put in a lot of hard-work, sweat, tears and never ending self-belief and discipline. I like the competitive aspect of the sport and use it in order to push myself to be the best as I can be. However I don’t allow the competitive aspect to change me as a person and my beliefs, such as fair play and clean sport.

Why do you want to compete in college?

I want to be able to compete against numerous athletes of high level, which in my country is very limited. I would also like to expose myself to different types of competitions and competitors to gain as much experience as I can in order to really become the best athlete I can be.

Track and Field and life Goals?

In life I want to become the best version of myself including sport and academics. I want to be able to fulfil my full potential and enjoy the process. I want to represent my country in many high international competitions and return with impressive results and medals.

College goals

I want to be able to juggle between academics and sport. I want to ace the academical exams whilst achieving excellent results in track and field. Even though I want to improve and train hard, I still want to be able to graduate and achieve excellent marks in exams as I want to be both a high ranking athlete as well as a high academical student.


Media

Rachela Competition

Rachela Training

Interview Rachela Pace