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GSSE Iceland 1997


From 2nd to 7th June 1997, the 7th Games of the Small States of Europe were held in Iceland. Situated very close to the Arctic Polar Circle, its capital, Reykjavik, was the meeting point for the eight delegations competing in the 7th edition.


Under the leadership of Ms Yvette Lambin-Berti, the Monegasques had 58 athletes and 30 escorts.


   The Monegasque officials and athletes enter the Laugardalur municipal stadium, following the standard bearer Michel Arnoux.


In spite of the extremely difficult weather conditions, the number of medals won was a success:

  • 7 gold: 2 in gymnastics for Laétitia Begué, on the uneven bars and Gaëlle Trotebas on the beam; 2 in judo for Thierry Vatrican and Fabien Gerace; 1 in swimming for Christophe Verdino in the 200m breaststroke; 1 in tennis for Sébastien Graeff in the men’s singles; 1 in sailing for Damien Desprat-Lerale, in a Laser,
  • 6 silver: 4 in swimming; 1 in athletics; 1 in gymnastics.
  • 14 bronze: 6 in swimming; 4 in judo; 2 in tennis; 1 in athletics; 1 in sailing,


With a total 27 medals, Monaco found itself for the 6th time running in 4th place in the country rankings.




GSSE Luxembourg 1995




From 29th May to 3rd June 1995, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg hosted the 6th Games of the Small States of Europe. The Monegasque delegation, led by Ms Yvette Lambin-Berti, assisted by Solange Ragazzoni, head of mission, took part in these Games together with 57 athletes.



The opening was announced by H.R.H. Grand Duke Jean in the presence of H.R.H. Hereditary Grand Duke Henri, H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Albert and H.E. Mr Samaranch.


Behind judo contestant Thierry Vatrican, the standard bearer, 4 female athletes in traditional Monegasque costume enter the stadium, followed by the officials and all the athletes.



Monaco won 24 medals :

  • 3 gold medals in swimming: Nicolas in the 100m and 200m butterfly, Christophe Verdino in the 200m breaststroke,
  • 4 silver medals :
  • - in athletics: Magali Guedon in the 800m,
  • - in swimming: Laurie Boucquillon in the 50m freestyle,
  • - 1 in tennis: Emanuelle Gagliardi in the singles and doubles, Jessica Giodano in the doubles
  • 17 bronze medals in athletics (2), judo (4), swimming (6), tennis (4) and shooting (1).



The team of swimmers




The results did not change the general ranking established for the 4 previous editions, placing the Principality of Monaco in 4th position out of the 8 competing countries.




GSSE Malta 2003


   Around 1 000 athletes took part in the 10th Games of the Small States of Europe which were held from 2nd to 7th June 2003 in Malta, in the heart of the Mediterranean.


The Monegasque delegation including 87 athletes was led by Ms Yvette Lambin-Berti (Head of Delegation) and Mr Denis Ravera (member of the M.O.C.). They were assisted by heads of mission, Solange Ragazzoni and Raymond Gnutti.


The Monegasque athletes stepped onto the highest level of the podium on 7 occasions:

  • 3 times in swimming : Georges Bagri for the 100m butterfly, the 200m freestyle and the relay 4x200m freestyle, with Thomas Molina, François-Xavier Paquot and Eric Rottinger,

  • 2 times in judo :



Thierry Vatrican, in the under 81 kg  



  Philippe Gerace, in the under 90 kg


  • 2 times in sailing: Matthieu Mariani, in an Optimist and Andrea Orlando, in a Laser Radial.


Despite a marked improvement in the level of all the participants, with 17 other medals being won by Monaco, 7 silver and 10 bronze, the Principality ranked fifth after the Republic of Malta.




GSSE Andorra 2005


     From 30th May to 4th June 2005, Monaco hosted the 11th Games of the Small States of Europe. 793 athletes in total took part in the Games.


The Monegasque delegation, plunged into mourning by the death of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, took part with 70 athletes, 13 trainers, 3 members of the medical profession and 9 members of the Press Centre, in the various sports events.


This time several records were broken:



1 - The number of gold medals (11), including those won by:

  • The Beach Volley team,



Anna Bruno and Magali Muratore


  • The women’s 10 m Air Rifle Shooting event : Fabienne Pasetti,
  • In athletics, 800 m flat: Brite Etès,




Brice Etès

  • In swimming, the 100 m backstroke: Eric Rottinger.


2 - The total number of medals: 37 (8 gold and 18 bronze),


3 - The number of medals won by a single athlete: 8 for the swimmer François-Xavier Paquot (7 bronze and 1 silver).

François-Xavier Paquot : 8 times medallist


Among the 9 federations represented (Athletics, Beach Volley, Cycling, Judo, Swimming, Taekwondo, Tennis, Table Tennis and Shooting), swimming brought in the greatest number of medals (2 gold, 2 silver and 9 bronze).



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