High hopes for inspiring finalists in Good Causes Awards

first_imgThree Donegal-based non-profit groups have their fingers crossed as they hope for success in the finals of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.Representatives from Donegal G.A.P Heritage and History Group; Liquid Therapy and Involve youth project were put through their paces as part of the judging for the finals of the awards which take place in Dublin on Saturday 2nd November.The judging panel, chaired by broadcaster and businesswoman Norah Casey, last week spent two days in Athlone meeting the 36 finalists from all over Ireland. The National Lottery Good Causes Awards are aimed at honouring the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from all over Ireland who with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities.Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes all over the country.Liquid Therapy is a not for profit foundation that provides ocean, surf, and water therapy for young people with physical, emotional, behavioural or intellectual needs. Good Causes funding allowed it provide surf boards and body suits for a growing number of members. Liquid Therapy will be one of six finalists in the Sport category.Donegal GAP History and Heritage Group, which is a finalist in the heritage category, is a non-profit voluntary community group primarily based in the Glenties, Ardara and Portnoo (GAP) areas of South West, Donegal. The group aims to research, develop, protect and promote the built heritage of GAP and the surrounding areas Involve is a youth project with recognises the equality of the Traveller Community by providing programmes, initiatives and services that promote the participation and inclusion of the Traveller Community in Irish Society. Involve will be in the Youth category in the final.The awards have six categories: Sport, Health & Wellbeing, Heritage, Arts & Culture, Community and Youth. A seventh category, Irish Language, will have a special award to be announced on the night at the Awards final, in recognition of outstanding work done in the promotion of the Irish Language.Each national category winner will receive €10,000 while the overall Good Cause of the Year will get an additional €25,000 on top of this. The winners will be announced at a Gala Awards event in the Clayton Burlington Hotel in Dublin on Saturday 2nd November.Awards chairman Norah Casey said the judging panel had an incredibly hard job deciding on the winners for the awards and said: “We were blown away by the 36 presentations. Each of the groups we met are doing amazing work in their communities and were all winners in their own rights. The work that is being done all over Ireland with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding is truly humbling and outstanding. I wish the representatives from all 36 organisations all the best of luck on the night.”High hopes for inspiring finalists in Good Causes Awards was last modified: October 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal GAP History and Heritage Groupinvolveliquid therapyNational Lottery Good Causes Awardslast_img read more

Arcata boys soccer tops McKinleyville 3-0 to advance to H-DN tourney title game

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Visibility at a fog-filled Panther Field was at a premium Thursday night.But even then, the Tigers’ ability to capitalize on set pieces was crystal clear.Milo Weller scored what proved to be the game-winning goal midway through the first half before Andrew Cavinta and Jack Taylor found the back of the net in the final three minutes as the Arcata boys soccer team claimed a hard-fought 3-0 win over McKinleyville to advance to the championship game of the first annual …last_img

Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe salvaged rain-bedevilled Wimbledon with their talent

first_imgMcEnroe (left) and Connors: Enlivening a lacklustre WimbledonJimmy Connors and John McEnroe salvaged last fortnight’s damp, uninspiring, rain-bedevilled Wimbledon with the sunshine of their great talent. Without Bjorn Borg’s whirling topspin and Ivan Lendl’s missile-like forehand the tournament moved into the last eight of the men’s singles championship with bloodless,McEnroe (left) and Connors: Enlivening a lacklustre WimbledonJimmy Connors and John McEnroe salvaged last fortnight’s damp, uninspiring, rain-bedevilled Wimbledon with the sunshine of their great talent. Without Bjorn Borg’s whirling topspin and Ivan Lendl’s missile-like forehand the tournament moved into the last eight of the men’s singles championship with bloodless straight set victories.Mats Wilander, who many expected would spin another Swedish fairy tale, was blasted away by the heavy serve and volley artillery of Brian Teacher before reaching his seventh seeded place in the draw. In retrospect, it was optimistic to expect another Borg in this tournament, or, perhaps ever.For Connors, out in the cold after his victory in 1974 against Ken Rosewall, it was his greatest moment. His victory was a fitting reward for the finest and most punishing shot-maker in tennis. For four-and-a-half hours, the 29-year-old American projected his double-hander and new serve with deadly efficiency.Grunting audibly with each effort, exhorting himself constantly. Connors managed to push the clock back. “I was prepared to die out there,” he stated. Connors not only won the title but the estranged heart of the Centre Court.He wiped out the memory of that afternoon in 1977 when he failed to show up on the Centre Court for the presentation ceremony of the Centenary Wimbledon to collect his medal.McEnroe, far from his best and struggling to find his rhythm, still lost only one set on his way to the final – a measure of his incredible talent. In the finals he hit some awe-inspiring shots as did Connors, but a low percentage of first serves and Connors’ go-for-broke aggression proved too much to handle.advertisementHe looked shattered and bewildered in defeat and mercifully, for once, at a loss for words. In a graceful gesture, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club elected him as an honorary member.Rare Ambiance: Vijay Amritraj continued in his usual role of Wimbledon’s most popular loser. Amidst the oft-repeated obscenities that have become commonplace in tennis. Amritraj’s flashing smile and amiable manners make him an instant favourite. Roscoe Tanner, reputedly with his prospering oil investments, appeared not at his competitive best, beating Amritraj in a high quality, hard hitting five-setter in the third round.Both players seemed to have imbibed of Rudyard Kipling’s values of sportsmanship and produced a rare, almost extinct ambiance of fun and enjoyment on the Centre Court. Earlier, Amritraj in the first round match, came back from a 0-2 deficit in sets for a spectacular victory against talented American Jeff Borowiak.Ramesh Krishnan, playing on grass courts after two years, struggled to beat pugnacious Andrew Jarrett of Great Britain in the first round. Thereafter, the hereditary Krishnan touch became increasingly apparent. A creditable straight set, second round victory over Dowlen of the US brought him up against the burly Australian grass court specialist Mark Edmondson, the 12th seed.In a four set match, during which Edmondson chalked up a fine of US $ 1,000 for verbal abuse, the Australian’s greater power proved decisive. The balding, mustachioed Edmondson went on to beat Vitas Gerulaitis who missed his press conference as he rushed to a Rolling Stones concert after his match – probably to find his lost rhythm. Edmondson, crushed by Connors in the semifinals, collected tines of US S3,500 for ‘verbal abuse’ and US $300 for ball abuse in his matches.Shashi Menon after taming a useful Czech, Slozel in his opening match, fought hard against Tim Mayotte but in vain. Mayotte, a tall handsome American of few words, left a trail of dead seeded players with his quick fire serve and volley game. “I have a lot to learn,” Mayotte said after McEnroe whipped him with a loss of only six games in the semi-finals.Physical Peak: Left-handed Martina Navratilova easily won the women’s singles crown. She had won it twice before in 1978 and 1979 but never with such authority. In her journey to the finals Navratilova did not lose a single set and only twice could her opponents collect four games in a set.At 25, she has at last been able to harness her brittle temperament and attain a physical peak to match her wealth of talent.With only one singles defeat in 1982. and with three legs of the Grand Slam (Australian. French and Wimbledon) in the bag. Navratilova seems certain to stake her claim as one of the all-time greats in the game.Chris Evert-Lloyd, the holder, played well in the final, but failed to find inspiration in the damp trying conditions. While the highly rated teenage brigade of Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger and Pam Shriver fell like ninepins, Billie Jean King, the 38-year-old American firebrand added another glorious chapter to her Wimbledon story.advertisementAfter surviving three match points against Tanya Harford in the third round, she was only a couple of points away from her tenth final in 20 years, when she was defeated by Lloyd in the semi-finals. With her 20 Wimbledon titles and her great fighting heart.King has taken her place with the immortals of the game. But in the end, it was that nail-biting singles final that eventually salvaged Wimbledon 1982.last_img read more

Indian men sink Pakistan, enter Asian Games kabaddi semifinals

first_imgThe Indian team knocked out 11 Pakistan athletes and collected two lona pointsThe Indian men’s kabaddi team brushed aside arch-rivals Pakistan 23-11 to top Group A and entered the semifinals of the event at the 17th Asian Games here Tuesday.The Rakesh Kumar-led Indian team, which defeated Bangladesh and Thailand earlier, put in another dominating performance to trounce Pakistan at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium.The men’s team with the starting line-up of Jasvir Singh, Anup Kumar, Manjeet Chhillar, Navneet Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Subramaniam Rajguru, rode on its brilliant first half when it zoomed to a 17-4 lead. The Indian team knocked out 11 Pakistan athletes and collected two ‘lona’ points.After taking a big lead in the first 20 minutes, defending champions, India played it easy in the second half and got six points as compared to Pakistan’s seven.But in the end, the 13 points first half deficit proved costly for the Pakistan, who also qualified for the semi-final as the second team from Group A. The semi-finals are slated for Thursday.India have won all the six gold medals ever since the spot was introduced in the Asian Games in 1990 in Beijing.last_img read more