– Other disciplines join the celebrationAhead of Sunday’s Olympic Day observance, World Archery Guyana’s (WAG) Nicholas Hing has said that all systems are in place for Region 4’s Indoor Target Archery Competition.World Archeries Guyana will be gearing up to host a one-day Indoor Target Competition in commemoration of Olympic DayThe one-day event, being held to commemorate Olympic Day, which was introduced in 1948, will be conducted under the strict safety rules which are a standard of the World Archery and its affiliated organisations.Archery Guyana, as an affiliate of World Archery (WA), aims to uphold at all times the standards and rules of this body. The birth of the Olympic Games occurred on June 23 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach, had opined: “Every year, Olympic Day allows the whole world to unite behind the Olympic dream.” Guyana is no different.AG member Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon has noted that on June 23rd every year, millions of people across the world get active to celebrate Olympic Day. She added that in Guyana, Archery Guyana will continue to commemorate this day, as it has been doing since 2015; but this time AG will be expanding to the various regions.Archery made its Olympic debut at the Olympic Games from 1900 to 1920, becoming in 1904 one of the first Olympic sports to include women.Coaches from across Guyana shared some plans to commemorate Olympic Day this weekend in their communities.Coaches Ainsworth Pritchard, Trevor Jocintho and Carl Albert from Region 1, who recently introduced the sport to Hosororo Primary School, are very enthused with the feedback.Coach Jocintho indicated that a simple competition will be hosted in Region 1 using a recently built target board.Meanwhile, Coaches Shunette Thompson and Manley Polo Thomas from Region 9 are excitedly planning for this weekend; and in Region 8, Coach Gavin Gounga and Joseph Edwin will be doing a session on Saturday with the Mahdia Secondary School.Additionally, other sporting disciplines throughout Guyana that will be participating in the commemorative day are Badminton, Athletics, Weightlifting, Rugby, Volleyball, Cycling, Swimming, Taekwondo and Table Tennis.
Adelaide-born motocross rider Christina Vithoulkas was on a friend’s property in SA a fortnight ago when she fell off her bike during a failed jump.The accident left her paralysed from the chest down.“I instantly knew it wasn’t going to be a great landing and then everything was pretty much a blur,” says the 23-year-old who is originally from the Riverland in South Australia and has been a freestyle rider for almost five years.“The minute I hopped on the bike I instantly fell in love with the sport and regardless of what happened, I still love my motorbike,” adds Christina, expressing her determination to take on her life’s new challenge and master her wheelchair until she is ready to eventually somehow get back on the bike.“Every morning when I wake up, I think to myself, I have one life and two choices: To be happy and positive about life or negative and upset about my accident, but when I look around I am deeply grateful for the people I have in my life. There’s honestly no reason to be upset when I have so much support. What a waste of life and time that would be,” says Christina. Her parents, twin sister Irene, friends and fiancé James haven’t left her side since the day of the accident.James had proposed to Christina almost five weeks ago.“She is my soulmate. I love my girl and I’ll never leave her side,” says the 25-year-old excavator operator and part-time freestyle rider who has resigned from his work and will be Christina’s primary carer going forward.“I am here to look after her and I am already planning our country home’s renovations, because the house needs to be specially fitted to cater for Christina’s injury.”Although doctors delivered the devastating news that it was unlikely Christina would ever walk again, the thrill seeker has defiantly wowed everyone with her strength and courage.“Every day that goes by I feel stronger mentally and physically and now I am convinced that my calling in life is to inspire other people, particularly young women, to be strong and to look at the brighter side of life,” she says.Last Tuesday, the traffic controller supervisor flew back to Victoria (she moved from regional SA to Tongala almost a year-and-a-half ago) and plans to return to work after she spends three months in rehabilitation building up her strength.“Work has already contacted me to let me know that they have made my office wheelchair friendly and that they are missing me. I am really looking forward to going back.”The determined young woman refuses to let her injury stop her from living a full life admitting that her positive outlook comes from being raised in a happy family environment.“Everyone keeps asking me where I get my strength from, but for me, it is just so simple. While growing up, my parents taught me to appreciate everything life throws at me and not to take my blessings for granted. I have travelled to 24 different countries, I have visited our beautiful island of Zakynthos and Greece three times and my mum and dad’s words are embedded in me.“Be grateful for all that you have and never take life for granted,” concludes Christina whose family and friends held a charity ride in her honour last Sunday in Adelaide, raising almost $90,000 in an attempt to help out the young couple. If you wish to contribute visit https://www.gofundme.com/678x96o Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram