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Youngsters shine at JN Open Kiddies Clinic

first_img “Based on the enthusiasm, we observed on the court at the Liguanea Club, we know that some of these participants have already fallen in love with the sport; and we may very well have some emerging tennis stars,.” the youth marketing officer declared. An elated Shaniqua, the older of the two sisters, related that their informal home-based family activity, gave them the confidence that was displayed on the court. “We are very excited to be here, as we are used to playing at home; but not on an actual tennis court. Therefore, this experience is extremely fun. We learned how to hold the racket properly; and how to hit the ball over the net with speed,” she outlined. Andrew Savage was present to witness his daughters’ triumph and could not contain his excitement. Following the announcement, he dashed onto the court to celebrate with them and the other top performers. “I am so happy that my daughters received this opportunity. I watch them play at home and sometimes we all play as a family. It is such a good feeling that they will now be exposed to the game in a more formal manner, and, hopefully, to go on to greater things.” It is a regular occurrence to see Jhordine and Shaniqua Savage playing tennis at their home with the zest and vitality which is normally seen on a tennis court in competitive matches. Consequently, when the sisters were given the chance to attend the JN Open Tennis Championship Kiddies Clinic, they grasped the opportunity that would enable them to refine their self-taught skills through formal coaching; and to hopefully, one day, take their game from their yard to a real tennis court. And this came true. Both Jordine and Shaniqua, age nine and 12, respectively, were placed among the top five of the 27 participants in the Kiddies Clinic. Each secured a one-year training scholarship at the Liguanea Club to develop their basic skills after being deemed promising. Rounding out the top five recipients of one-year scholarships were: Harbour View Primary’s Tristan Bethun, Armando Carter and Amelia Calvert. Michelle Webster Gauntlette, youth marketing officer at Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), says the Kiddies Clinic was introduced two years ago, as a training initiative, associated with Jamaica National’s annual sponsorship of the JN Open Tennis Championship. “Our objective was to expose youngsters who had already declared their interest in the sport at an early age, to provide an opportunity for them to refine their skills in a formal setting and move to another level,” Mrs Webster Gauntlette stated. Enthusiasm aplentylast_img read more

Engagement increases at Abortion Rights Campaign street stalls

first_imgLocal organisers with Inishowen Abortion Rights Campaign have welcomed an increase in interest at their latest Information Stall in Buncrana, Saturday 17th of February.Local ARC volunteer Bauke Roof welcomed the increased, saying ‘Local engagement on the issue is certainly increasing since we held our first stall in August of last year, and we had some very positive, thoughtful, measured conversations with people who were interested in learning about the reality of the range of adverse effects the 8th amendment has on the lives of Irish women.”“It is never a simple decision and every woman has to make that decision for herself, ideally with the help of her doctor. The reality today is that, because of the 8th amendment, a woman does not get that help. A doctor is prohibited to provide information on abortion and a woman criminalised for obtaining an abortion in Ireland.” The Abortion Rights Campaign Information stall in Inishowen, DonegalBauke conceded that it was evident from speaking with people on Saturday that some people have their minds already made up on the issue one way or the other. She also agreed that there is a large number who are undecided and confused on the matter.She pointed out that the Citizens Assembly heard from a wide range of medical and legal experts, as well as groups representing the full range of opinion from lobby groups. The Joint Oireachtas Committee also heard from expert medical and legal opinion in order to make recommendations for dealing with the 8th amendment and how abortion might be provided for.“That is a lot of information for people to process”, she continues. “The term ‘abortion on demand’ seems to raise a lot of questions, while the terms ‘on request, limited and regulated’ are more in line to what is being proposed. At our information stalls there is the opportunity to have positive, open conversations about what this referendum proposal means.”“People are genuinely concerned and they want to do the right thing. The reality is that the 8th Amendment has not had its intended consequences and it is time to deal with that in a mature, realistic way that respects women.” The Abortion Rights Campaign is supporting the Government and Joint Oireachtas Committee’s recommendations for repealing the 8th Amendment. It is their opinion that repealing the 8th amendment is the best way to allow for the provision of comprehensive pregnancy healthcare in a supportive medical environment for an Irish woman facing a crisis pregnancy.Bauke adds: “We intend to run information stalls as often as possible in advance of the Referendum to ensure the correct information is available to as many people as possible. Saturday was a great step, but there’s still a job of work to do.”Engagement increases at Abortion Rights Campaign street stalls was last modified: February 20th, 2018 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:Bauke RoofInishowen Abortion Rights Campaignlast_img read more