first_img“This competition means a lot to me,” he says.”We get to play against most of the best players in the Pacific. It’s always a good challenge and I look forward to playing in this competition.”Since winning the competition in 2010 and representing Oceania at the FIFA Club World Cup, the side has been undergoing a rebuilding period.This year after winning their first two matches at QBE Stadium in Auckland, Hekari United looked on track to make the semi-finals for the first time in a long time.However a 4-0 loss in their final match to Team Wellington effectively ended campaign to the great disappointment of Muta and his teammates.Now, the 28-year-old is turning his attention to the upcoming OFC Nations Cup where he will finally have an opportunity to play in front of home fans after missing out on last year’s XV Pacific Games.In the past the Pacific Games was a senior competition, but in 2015 it was played between U-23 men which ruled Muta out of contention.”I was really disappointed. I had been looking forward to it as it was our home ground in Papua New Guinea.”Although he wasn’t taking to the field, Muta still donned team colours after taking up the unofficial role of fan coordinator – a position he relished as a proud Papua New Guinea native.”Since I couldn’t play I decided that maybe I should go and support all teh teams, the men and women at the same time. I want to show the young boys especially that I’m a senior player but I was always there for them.”The home support paid dividends for both sides as the women successfully defended their gold medal while the boys picked up an historic bronze.”I was proud and happy that we took something home in the football. For many years we, the senior players, were playing in this competition and we weren’t getting any medals.”But they were the ones to break the record and get a medal and I was so happy and pleased for them.”Muta will be playing alongside some of those players come the Nations Cup, and national team coach Flemming Serritslev believes his experience and leadership will be key to those young players integrating into the squad.”David Muta is a fantastic, committed player and he is really the finest representation for Papua New Guinea that you can imagine,” enthuses Serritslev.”The way he plays, his behaviour on the pitch and outside the pitch. I know because when we were in Solomon Islands recently he was still the captain even if he didn’t take part in training or matches.”The national team will have a strong base from both Hekari United and Lae City Dwellers and Serritslev has spent just over a week in New Zealand checking out his players, and potential opponents.He says what he has seen of Muta during the competition has been impressive, but he believes his captain can do better.”To be honest, he can play even better. Not that he has been playing bad but it’s very easy to see that he is still suffering from the injury that prevented him from playing against the Solomon Islands.”Muta is looking forward to the challenge ahead and truly believes that Papua New Guinea will experience success in Port Moresby.”I am ready and looking forward for that competition,” he says.”No matter what I am trying my best and training hard and I can’t wait for it to get started.”As for his new coach, Papua New Guinea’s fourth in as many years, Muta says Serritslev offers something new and different which is what the team needs.”Flemming is such a great coach,” he says.”He’s so humble and he really loves to work with the boys. He’s a little bit funny, and he’s a good fellow. We all respect him and he’s a good coach.”From Serritslev’s end the feeling is mutal.”It’s very important that you have a leader on the pitch but also in my opinion, outside the pitch,” Serritslev says.”He’s an idol in his way of living, in his way of performing when he’s able to train and when he’s able to play.”I’m very satisfied with David and actually, I didn’t expect to find such a perosn in PNG who actually has the experience to be a top player.”A top player for me isn’t just a good footballer – it’s also a very good person.”Both Papua New Guinea clubs are out of the running at the 2016 OFC Champions League and attention will now turn to the 2016 OFC Nations Cup.The host nation has been grouped alongside Tahiti, New Caledonia and Samoa for the competition which runs from 28 May to 11 June in Port Moresby.last_img read more

first_img“IT is difficult for my team to win the title as while a few of my main rivals are bolstering their squads, they are, at the same time, doing their best to deplete my team.” This is the perspective of a frustrated Corey Bennett, head track and field coach at Hydel High School, as he slammed rivals St Jago for consistently poaching his top talent. “We lost a quality girl, last year in Shaneil English, who went to St Jago, and at the start of this season, a similar situation occurred as Alysha Kelly, who missed Champs last year after transferring from Guy’s Hill, was ready to compete for us at the Championships, but like English, she was lured away to St Jago High,” said a very disappointed coach Bennett. “It is sad when one invests in these athletes and selfish people try to break what you try to build,” added Bennett, who stated that it would always be hard for his team to really challenge for the title if they consistently lost their athletes to other schools. Pressure mounting Despite losing English last year, Hydel, who, in fairness, also recruit heavily, was still able to overcome that hurdle and finished second behind Edwin Allen, and ironically, in front of St Jago. However, this time, Bennett believes things will be even more difficult for his team. “We have a good all-round team, but with those losses and twin sisters Shadae, an outstanding thrower, and Shardia Lawrence a very excellent triple jumper migrating to college overseas, we will have to dig deep to remain among the top three,” continued Bennett, who also stated that he would be taking a different approach this year. “We used to compete at every development meet in the past, and because of this, they were very exposed, and when they are beaten by other athletes, they are kind of unmotivated going into “Champs”. Now we are going to be a bit quieter by going to fewer meets and especially low-keyed ones – and then make a big push for Champs,” he said. Meanwhile, Bennett is tipping Edwin Allen to successfully defend its title. “Based on what I have seen so far, Edwin Allen looks a safe bet to win again as I don’t think they have lost much of the 100 points they won by, while teams like Vere Technical and Holmwood Technical have looked really good so far,” assessed Bennett. Hydel is undoubtedly the most improved team in the country in schoolgirl track and field. After entering the Inter Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships in 2011, where they finished 11th among the girls, Hydel has enjoyed tremendous movement up the table. They secured their first top-10 finish the following year and have remained in the top five, with their best finish being last year’s second-place finish.last_img read more

first_img More funerals are planned this week – three today, two on Tuesday. Another had yet to be scheduled. The lone survivor of the mine remain hospitalized and had yet to wake up Sunday afternoon after several days of heavy sedation. Near the mine, which has been sealed off by federal and state regulators, more than 100 people gathered Sunday morning at the Sago Baptist Church, the building where they kept vigil for more than 40 hours after the explosion last Monday. Churchgoers sang hymns, including “The Sweet Bye and Bye” and “Farther Along,” which speak of accepting God’s unfathomable plan, and the Rev. Wease Day urged worshippers not to look for someone to blame. Instead, Day said, worshippers should imagine they had only 10 hours to live, and write a note about how they would spend those final hours. The surviving miner, 26-year-old Randal McCloy Jr., was hospitalized in Morgantown. He had been in a medically induced coma to allow his brain time to heal, and while hospital officials said in a statement Sunday that his sedation had been stopped, they said it would take awhile for the medication to clear his system. “It has been very difficult to allow him to awaken, although that is our hope today,” said Dr. Larry Roberts, the head of McCloy’s treatment team at West Virginia University’s Ruby Memorial Hospital. Once that happens, they can begin neurological testing to determine the extent of the damage McCloy suffered in the mine. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The funerals began early. There were just so many in West Virginia coal mining towns this Sunday. And after the agonizing heartbreak that played out on television as families learned that 12 miners they thought were alive in the Sago Mine had actually died, the funerals were, for the most part, a private affair. The miners’ relatives and their tight-knit communities filled the services, while police created a protective ring around funeral homes, asking the media not to intrude. Even from a distance, the pain was clear as nearly 100 mourners hugged one another, many staring at their feet as they walked inside to remember Jackie Weaver, a 52-year-old electrician who had spent 26 years working in the mines. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson There were so many funerals it was occasionally difficult for the funeral home employees to remember the times and locations without checking. Wright Funeral Home worker Pete Sandridge’s eyes filled with tears when he was asked if he knew any of the miners personally. All he could manage was to hold up four fingers, then walked away. First was Martin Toler Jr., whose funeral was held Sunday morning in Tesla. Next was Weaver’s service in Philippi at 1 p.m. Services for David Lewis, Jesse Jones and Alva Bennett were an hour later, in Philippi and Buckhannon. Jerry Groves’ memorial service was later in Cleveland. “I know I’ll see him again,” said Groves’ wife of nearly 29 years, Debbie, speaking during the memorial service. “Eternity is forever. Our time here is just a vapor.” last_img read more

first_imgGLORIOUS weather, great bands – and fantastic music. It all came together at the weekend in Dore, Loughanure, Annagry and Ranafast.Watch these video highlights of the day. DDTV: DORE, LOUGHANURE, ANNAGRY & RANAFAST ST PATRICK’S DAY was last modified: March 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ANNAGRY & RANAFAST ST PATRICK’S DAYDDTV: DORELoughanurelast_img read more

first_imgA 55 year old former soldier from Donegal has gone on trial charged with indecently assaulting a young boy on a number of occasions in different quarries.Hugh ‘Jock’ McDaniel has pleaded not guilty to all five charges which are alleged to have happened at different locations in Inishowen in the summer of 1979.McDaniel, of 40 Abbotswood, Carndonagh denies all five charges of indecent assault against the other man who was considerably younger. McDaniel, who appeared in court wearing grey trousers and a blue and white t-shirt, was 22 at the time of the alleged assaults.The accused and his alleged victim had met in an amusement arcade where pool and video games were played.The alleged victim, who cannot be named, said McDaniel would bring him away for drives in his blue Hillman Avenger car.On a number of occasions McDaniel forced him to masturbate eachother and on one occasion he forced him to have oral sex.On one occasion McDaniel brought the boy to a house and after they watched a pornographic video, they masturbated eachother.“My mind was being pulled everywhere. I was confused and I said that it was not right. I got up and left,” said the alleged victim.The man said he remembers a lot of details of what happened in the summer of 1979 and the surroundings because he has lived with it since he was allegedly abused.He recalled the car in which he was abused having fluffy seats and a furry dice and the house in which he was allegedly abused.McDaniel is alleged to have told his victim not to speak about the events and that he would do the same.The victim said he remembered McDaniel as a tall man with a beard and dark glasses who had poor eyesight.He said he had heard a story locally about how McDaniel had left the army after an accident during which he was shot.He said he was embarrassed by the alleged incidents and only told his wife because he wanted to be honest with her about his entire life before they married.However the alleged victim said it was only in later life after watching other people speaking about their experiences of sexual abuse that he decided to contact Gardai.The trial before Judge John O’Hagan continues today at Letterkenny Circuit Court.FORMER SOLDIER DENIES ASSAULTING BOY HE MET IN AMUSEMENT ARCADE was last modified: July 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HUGH MCDANIELINDECENT ASSAULTInishowensoldierlast_img read more

first_img WEDNESDAY Business Marketing Basics workshop, 9-11 a.m. at the Women’s Business Center, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Call (661) 702-9049 to reserve a spot. Advances in Radiation Therapy will be discussed, 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 253-8017. Adult workshop will discuss How to Break into the Entertainment Industry, 6 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Candidate Academy part 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the SCV Chamber of Commerce, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Cost: $20 for both nights. Call (661) 702-6977. Parents Without Partners will hold an orientation, 7-7:30 p.m., and a discussion, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at 25352 Via Palacio, Valencia. Call (661) 253-1301. Canyon Country Advisory Committee will meet, 7-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-8852. Artists Helping Artists (Aha!) workshop, 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Trish Lester at (661) 254-1242. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class will be presented, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Santa Clarita Embroiderers’ Guild general meeting, 6:30-9 p.m. at Parklane Mobile Estates West Recreation Room, 20401 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call Diane Stone at (661) 252-3468. Santa Clarita Corvette Club social meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-1494. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 9 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Old Town Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m. at 29222 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Jenny Aurit at (661) 255-4347. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Author John Hicks will read and sign his new book, “The Ghost of Fire Company 18,” 7 p.m. at Borders Books & Music, 24445 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 286-1131. North Los Angeles County Transportation Forum will meet, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 775-0455. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Make A Difference Day community volunteer event, throughout the day at various nonprofit locations. Call (661) 250-3720 to volunteer. Peer Counselor training, 9 a.m.-noon at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Cost: $10. Call (661) 259-9444. Disney Story Time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Grand Opening, 1 p.m. at Paul Kim’s Black Belt Academy, 29487 The Old Road, Suite C3, Castaic. Call Valerie at (661) 295-5511. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities, throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Teen Writing Workshop, 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 9 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. TUESDAY Santa Clarita Republican Women will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Republican Headquarters, 24267 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-3422. Teen event will teach writing and drawing comic books, 3:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Junior High/High School Educator reception, 4-7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Parents Without Partners will meet for tacos, 6-8 p.m. at Del Taco, 23650 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 253-1301. last_img read more

first_imgFinn Harps have strengthened their squad before the July transfer window closes by acquiring the services of former Cobh Ramblers midfielder Robert Waters. Waters has been one of the most consistent midfielders in the First Division and has consistently impressed for Cobh Ramblers over the last number of years.The talented midfielder has been a shining light for Cobh who have struggled in the lower reaches of the First Division since relegation from the Premier Division in 2008.However, Waters left Cobh Ramblers by mutual consent earlier this month. It’s believed he fell out with manager Stephen Henderson and decided to quit the club.Cobh have enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance under Henderson since he took over.Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan has wasted no time in snapping up the midfielder.He’ll be a welcome addition for Horgan during the run-in and will hopefully give Harps the creativity they’ve lacked in recent weeks. There has been some unconfirmed reports on some LOI websites that Waters will only play in AWAY games for Harps.Harps play Athlone Town later tonight hoping to maintain their lead at the top of the First Division.HARPS SIGN HIGHLY RATED COBH RAMBLERS MIDFIELDER ROB WATERS was last modified: July 31st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

first_imgJoey Barton has taken to Twitter to pour scorn on reports of a possible players’ union for black footballers.The controversial midfielder, on loan at Marseille from QPR, is among many to have criticised the idea.“I feel if you create two separate groups, you force people to choose sides. There should be no sides. Were in it together. Thats the message,” he tweeted.“What about mixed raced kids. They have to decide if they want to be in a black players union or white. Nah, no good that…”He later added: “F***. I’m gonna write strongly on this BFA planned breakaway. My gut tells me I have to whilst the panderers’ pander again…“The PFA is a great ‘UNION’ its done great things for players of all races and creeds over the decades. Players should f***** speak up…“This could prove a pivotal point for the game and society beyond it. Footballers must be socially aware and not afraid to ask the ‘race’ Q?“Hopefully, some of the more vocal and less notorious amongst us, raise their heads from below the PR department desk. #manupffs”Meanwhile, Brentford midfielder Jonathan Douglas made his disappointment clear after fans jeered team-mate Paul Hayes in Tuesday’s win over Coventry.Hayes is yet to score since his August move from Charlton and had another disappointing game before being substituted against the Sky Blues.And Douglas tweeted: “Good result tonight.. Very disappointing to hear our own fan sarcastically booing and cheering one of our players off.”And boxer Audley Harrison says he has not made a decision on his future following his recent first-round defeat against David Price.Harlesden’s former Olympic champion, 40, tweeted: “Not making a decision for now, but happy to think out aloud At the end of your life journey, will you care what others think-NO.“So why let others decide your pathway now. You should be defined by your own image. It’s ok to fail, fall…get up and keep it moving.”This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa’s Paralympic Team has continued to make waves in Beijing following Natalie du Toit’s first gold in the S9 100 metres butterfly on Sunday. By the close of action on day three, the team had won five gold medals and one bronze. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material She still has the free rider section to contest and is looking eagerly forward to it because it is her favourite event. Phillipa Johnson, who won two silver medals four years ago in Athens, captured gold this time around in the equestrian competition on her horse, Benedict. His time was 1.27 seconds faster than the next fastest qualifier and a significant 3.58 ahead of the third placed swimmer. 10 September 2008 Gold medal chanceThe chances of South Africa adding another medal in the swimming pool were enhanced early on day four, 10 September, when Kevin Paul, swimming in the heats of the men’s SB9 100 metres breaststroke, broke the world record in a time of one minute 08.70 seconds. Du Toit is aiming for five gold medals in Beijing; so far, so good… On Monday, Du Toit followed up her victory in the butterfly with a second title in the 100 metres freestyle. Despite a slow start, she was clearly the fastest swimmer in the field and pulled away for a convincing victory in one minute, 1.44 seconds. Oscar PistoriusOn Tuesday, Oscar Pistorius was in action in the final of the men’s T44 100 metres as the fastest qualifier. Also in the line-up was another South African, Arnu Fourie. “It has been a little tough, going from the 10-kilometre to the sprint, and I definitely thought I would have enough time to taper, but it seems that I haven’t quite tapered just enough,” she admitted.center_img He described his victory as “a dream come true”. In track and field events Nicholas Newman appeared to be on course for victory in the men’s F35 javelin event when he threw a world record 42.28 metres. However, that mark was then bettered by Poland’s Pawel Piotrowski and China’s Wei Guo, which left Newman with a bronze medal. World recordCharl Bouwer also won gold in the pool for South Africa. Swimming in the S14 400 metres freestyle, he smashed the previous world record by two seconds to win in four minutes, 14.02 seconds. It was an improvement of 10 seconds over his previous best. ‘The Flying Fish’Du Toit, referred to in the Chinese press as “the Flying Fish”, told East Coast Radio she could have done better and said her finish was not as good as she would have hoped it would be; she had been hoping to break the one-minute barrier. Du Toit said her starts have not been up to scratch and admitted that she hadn’t spent enough time on them because she had been in training for the open water event at the Olympics. She went so far as to describe her starts as “embarrassing”, but said “I am a distance swimmer, so you’ll see me come back more in the second half of a race. A double-amputee, Pistorius was up against single amputees, but he managed to improve on his bronze medal showing of four years earlier by edging out the USA’s Jerome Singleton by just three-hundredths of a second in a thrilling finish. His winning time was 11.17 seconds. The defending champion, Marlon Shirley, who had qualified well behind Pistorius, crashed out at 60 metres, while Brian Frasure, who won silver in Athens, finished third. SA’s Fourie was fourth. Her time was a Paralympic record, but outside her own world record. Pistorius is aiming for a sweep of the 100, 200, and 400 metres and if any event was supposed to be his Achilles heel it was the 100 metres, so the chances of the sweep appear good. He holds the world records at all three distances and his aim, besides winning, is to set a new world record in the 400 metres. last_img read more

first_img6 November 2013The Volvo Golf Champions, to be hosted by South Africa’s Durban Country Club in January, on Tuesday announced a 50 percent increase in its prize fund to US$4-million. Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen also confirmed his participation in the event.The exclusive, limited-field event serves as the European Tour’s “Tournament of Champions”.Only players who have won on the Tour in the previous year, or current Tour players who have won 10 or more Tour titles in their careers qualify for the prestigious tournament.Winner’s chequeThe winner will walk away with a cheque for $700 000 (approximately R7.17-million). However, thanks to the event’s elite status, every player will be richly rewarded for qualifying for the tournament. Contesting it will also give those players a head start in the Race to Dubai standings.Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen said in a statement: “It is fantastic for South Africa to get to host the European Tour’s ‘Tournament of Champions’ again.“It is an impressive boost to the prize fund and I am delighted to be defending my title at the Durban Country Club. I love the course and enjoy the advantage of playing in front of my home crowd. I look forward to opening my season there very much.”Per Ericsson, the President of Volvo Event Management, said: “We are thrilled to make this announcement underlining the prestige of our Championship and its key position on the European Tour schedule.“As this event is a very important sales and marketing platform for the Volvo brand, we will soon be revealing some amazing Hole-in-One prizes, which will continue our innovative approach from last year.”‘A must-play’Thomas Bjorn, the Chairman of the European Tour Player Committee and speaking on behalf of the players said: “The players are very grateful to Volvo for all they have contributed to our Tour and I believe that this increase in prize money will make this year opening event a ‘must-play’ for those players hoping to qualify for the European Ryder Cup team.“The Volvo Golf Champions is a very prestigious event on our schedule and one that everyone wants to qualify for.”Guy Kinnings, the Global Head of Golf for IMG, the tournament’s co-owners, commented: “This is a very exciting announcement for the Volvo Golf Champions and it’s clear that players qualifying for the Tournament have a great opportunity to get their season off to a flying start.Good feedback“We have had such good feedback from the players about their experiences in KwaZulu-Natal during the Volvo Golf Champions in January, I know that all the players qualifying will be absolutely delighted by this announcement and is yet more evidence of Volvo’s tremendous support of the European Tour.”The Championship is being supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department for Economic Develop and Tourism.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more