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Kayaker Greyson-Newman ends river tour today


first_img Completing journey Today he will travel on the Plantation Gardens river in St Thomas before completing his journey at the Kingston Harbour in Down Town Kingston. “The reception we have been getting is great. People see us coming with two Kayaks and they are intrigued,” he noted Another of Greyson-Newman’s goal was to assess local rivers as he wants to establish international competitions locally and he has been impressed by the various characteristics of rivers he has encountered. “The problem was how do we shortlist over a hundred rivers down to 14, that was the first challenge, but each river has it own characteristics. Rio Cobre where we started on Sunday had boulders and rapids. Milk River, Alligator Pond both have crocodiles. “We would like to have an international Jamaica race, and Rio Cobre and Salt River in Hanover are a couple rivers we see international competitors coming to Jamaica to participate in. We want kayaking and canoeing to be another sport in Jamaica’s repertoire as there is a lot to be gained from this sport and that’s what we are trying to get out,” he commented. “The reason we are ending at Kingston Harbour is because it is the closest location to the Aquatic centre. The harbour is quite wide and open so it will tricky, so to get from one side to the other will be an achievement, and getting across Jamaica and the 14 rivers would be a phenomenal.” British born Jamaican kayaker, Tony Greyson-Newman, will close the chapter on his one week expedition at the Kingston Harbour this afternoon between 1:00pm and 2:00pm, where he will complete traversing 14 of the island’s rivers in seven days in an effort to raise funds for the Kingston Aquatic Sports Academy. However, Greyson-Newman, says they are still a far way off their target of 10,000 pounds (J$1.6 million) but he is still hoping they can accomplish their objective on today’s final day. “It is not as well as I hoped and we are not sure why. It has been an online fundraiser and we have tried our best to put it out on social media and people have been donating and supporting and we are very grateful. But we have a target of 10.000 pounds, that will pay for the initial equipment to get things started but we are not near that target,” he said. “We are hoping that as things draw to a close more donations will be made and we can reach our target. The fundraising is the basis of me doing 14 rivers in seven days. Some have donated and we are hoping that other will. But we are not where we want to be financially to get the equipment we need to put in the programme,” he added. Greyson-Newman started out on the Rio Cobre in St.Catherine and the Milk River in Clarendon on Sunday. On Monday he travelled the Alligator Pond in Manchester and Black River in St Elizabeth, and the seven Miles Beach and Cabaritta River in Westmoreland on Tuesday, before taking on Salt Creek in Hanover and Great River in St James on Wednesday. On Thursday, he took on the Martha Brae in Trelawny and White Water in St Ann, before conquering the Rio Nuevo in St Mary and the Rio Grand in Portland on Friday.last_img read more


Major changes set for Great Barrier Reef pontoon infrastructure


first_imgCruise Whitsundays will make some major changes to its Great Barrier Reef pontoon infrastructure next month, providing new opportunities for a range of visitors to the Whitsundays to experience the famous Hardy Reef ‘River’.The 45metre/150 foot pontoon currently at Knuckle Reef will be relocated to the Hardy Reef River, to be permanently moored just over 300 metres south of the other large ‘Reefworld’ pontoon.The ‘Reefworld II’ pontoon (currently located 300m south of Reefworld) will be towed back to the mainland for a refurbishment and exciting relaunch in the new year.Cruise Whitsundays CEO Nick Hortle said the changes presented exciting opportunities for visitors to the Great Barrier Reef.“Having two large pontoons in the spectacular Hardy Reef River will mean that the demand on the infrastructure will be better managed, enhancing our guest experience,” Mr Hortle said.“Along with the relocation of the Knuckle Reef Pontoon, we will be installing 130m of new snorkel swim lines at its new site, giving guests an entirely new location to explore the Hardy Reef River coral wall.“We are also taking the opportunity to install new moorings for the relocated pontoon which are anchored only to the sea bed – not the coral wall – which will aid in further protecting the precious environment of the Great Barrier Reef.“Hardy Reef offers the best combination of reef, coral and fish life for visitors to see, and is in the best condition in living memory.“The two pontoons both have underwater viewing chambers and full facilities for guests, which will mean we can better service the combination of our guests arriving on day tours, by helicopter or by Cruise Ship.”Cruise Whitsundays is undertaking all infrastructure changes and upgrades with approval from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and above and beyond best practice environmental guidelines.The changes will occur in the first two weeks of August. Cruise WhitsundaysSource = Cruise Whitsundayslast_img read more