South Africa Sweeps 26 Swimming Medals in Gaborone

first_imgSouth Africa swept 26 medals in swimming at the just ended swimming tournament in the 2nd Africa Youth Tournament in Gaborone, Botswana.South Africa finished first with 13 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze medals for a total of 26 medals in the swimming event.Egypt came second with 22 medals — 10 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze medals, while Namibia finished third with four medals — 2 gold, 1 silver and a bronze.Host Botswana could only afford sixth position with 3 medals — Naomi Ruele’s two silver and David Van Der Colff’s bronze.Liberia’s two representatives at the event did not make any significant impact as they complained that they only practiced in Lake Piso and not in any swimming pool.It was in the table tennis tournament, however, that Liberia’s table tennis gem, Lasana Weh, made a mark for himself and his country.Weh, 15, earned the feat by winning his first two straight sets, according to a dispatch from the president of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Philibert Brown.Wizkid, as he is affectionately called at the Liberia Table Tennis Association, defeated his challengers from Benin and host Botswana in two of their five best series.Though Weh lost to South Africa, Ethiopia and Ghana, his earlier two victories were enough to book Liberia’s ticket for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, scheduled for 16-18 August 2014.Weh is an 8th grade student of the Newport Junior High Public School.For five years Weh has won several tournaments, including the Toyota Cup and the President’s Cup and emerged runner-up twice in the Chinese Ambassador’s Cup.Weh’s interest in table tennis grew as he won cash prizes from the various tournaments.“But, as time went by, Wizkid developed passion for the game and emerged first in every tournament amongst his peers,” someone who has witnessed the boy’s growth told the Daily Observer.The president of the Liberia Table Tennis Association (LNTTA), Amos Korvah, said the association is grateful for Weh’s superb performance.Meanwhile, Liberia’s two swimmers who hail and reside in Grand Cape Mount expressed shock when they saw the Olympic-sized swimming pool, because they have not seen or practiced in a swimming pool.The two, fourth and seventh graders, practiced in Lake Piso. Liberia also failed to advance in boxing.The athletics team is expected to wear their red-white-and-blue to participate in three events which will begin today.The on-going tournament has 2,500 athletes from 54 African countries, and the games included football, athletics, basketball and netball. It is a multi-sport competition held every four years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL SCHOOL ATTEMPT TO SHUFFLE THEIR WAY INTO THE WORLD RECORD BOOKS

first_imgAlmost 800 pupils from a Donegal secondary school are to undertake a World Record attempt – for shuffling!Staff and pupils from the Loreto Community School in Milford will undertake the challenge at the end of this month in their school gymnasium.The pupils and staff have been undergoing a coordinated training regime under the watchful eye of dancers from Dynamic Waves dance group. On the day it is hoped the pupils of the school will ‘shuffle’ at least a minute to break the record.The shuffle is a new dance-step which is sweeping the planet!The Guinness Book of World Records usually request a member of their staff to be there to verify a world record.But on this occasion, Guinness World Record bosses say they are happy to have two members of the Gardai as independent judges. Members of the student council along with teacher Nathania McDonnell came up with the madcap plan for the ‘shuffle.’Ms McDonnell said “The Guinness Book of Records people told us we need at least 250 people shuffling but we’re going to go much bigger than that.“It’s going to be a great bit of fun but we have a bit of planning to do yet to make sure up to 800 people are all shuffling at the same time.“Most of the pupils are naturally shufflers but I think the people from Dynamic Waves are going to have their work cut out for them with some of the teachers,” she laughed.There is even a rumour that principal Andrew Kelly is going to attempt to ‘shuffle.’ DONEGAL SCHOOL ATTEMPT TO SHUFFLE THEIR WAY INTO THE WORLD RECORD BOOKS was last modified: March 1st, 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:Loreto Community SchoolNathania McDonnellshufflelast_img read more