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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

Gulu in rush against time to rehabilitate Pece Stadium

first_img Tags: GuluPece Stadium GULU. The derelict walls of Pece War Memorial Stadium in Gulu could breathe some life again soon after the district authorities begun drumming for contributions to rehabilitate the stadium ahead of the 14th Edition of the East Africa Secondary School games due in August.The stadium has a dilapidated pavilion dressing room and a nonfunctioning sanitary facility. The fundraising drive is geared toward grading and plant new turf grass and refurbishing the badly done in walls. The development follows recommendations by a delegation of Uganda Secondary School Sports Association officials that the facility be improved to meet minimum standards of hosting the post-primary games.Gulu District chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi told PML Daily on Monday that the district has taken over the rehabilitation work from the Board of Trustees and War Veterans Association –who were the custodians of the stadium. A team from the district engineering office carried out an assessment and came up with a budget of Shs360 million that the district is canvassing.According to Marpenduzi, the district does not have enough funds to rehabilitate the stadium in time for the games. Pece Stadium is to be the main events host as Layibi College, Gulu High School and Sacred Heart School playgrounds offer other venues for spillover matches.“Hosting this event means a lot for Gulu and we cannot run away from it,” Mapenduzi said. “This game is coming in the next few months and that is why we have come to rally financial support from anybody who can give either in cash or kind.”Last months, the district constituted a committed to oversee the rehabilitation process with a fully-fledged finance committee. Already, a non-governmental organization has contributed Shs35 million but the rush against time is a sweaty affair.Denis Ojwee, a retired FIFA referee and a member of the organizing committee, said the deadline for fundraising and completing the work not only on Pece Stadium but also the swimming pool at Layibi must be met if Gulu is to host the prestigious games.Aldo Odo, the district sports officer, said Gulu’s initial fun- raising drive from sports development fee of Shs500 for primary schools and Shs1,000 for secondary raised Shs13 million shillings only over the last three years. This, he added, cannot do much.The district has less than two months to host more than 4,000 guests and participants from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Zanzibar are expected to arrive in Gulu for the two-week games that begin on the August 10.Pece stadium was built by the British colonial government in memory of Ugandans who took part in the World War II.Comments last_img read more