THE Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPLF), in keeping with its 2019 calendar of activities, will next turn its undivided attention to the RAW Nationals (Unequipped), which is scheduled for August 25 at the St Stanislaus College auditorium.The RAW championships will give powerlifters who are both freshly blooded to the sport, along with the veterans, a chance to showcase their strength. It is also an opportunity for those athletes to compete with the bare minimum of a belt and a singlet in a bid for top honours.Last year’s overall male and female winners were the now suspended Carlos Petterson-Griffith and Natoya Robinson who both broke several records en route to victory.Meanwhile, internationally, the GAPLF has already shortlisted a team for the South American Powerlifting & Bench Press Equipped and Classic (FESUPO) Championships from September 18 to 23 in Pariapolis, Uruguay.Despite having shortlisted athletes for those Championships, the list has not been yet finalized, according to a source from the GAPLF executive committee.In a show of pro-activeness, GAPLF will also be hosting a fundraiser in July to help their athletes who will be making the trip to Uruguay in September.
As a three-sport star, Shayla Dvorak wasn’t exactly a couchpotato in high school. Playing volleyball, basketball and running track, Dvorakwas active throughout the year while attending Mishicot High School. Afterwinning her volleyball team’s Pride, Hustle, and Desire Award as a junior andbeing named MVP of the track team as a senior, Dvorak came to Madison lookingat a new sport to try.“I kind of started thinking about it right in the summerbefore I was a freshman and looked it up on the website,” Dvorak said. “And Isaw rowing, and I saw that they had walk-ons, and I was like, ‘Oh, maybe Ishould try out for that. There’s no way it can be that hard.’”Little did she know Wisconsin crew would be one of thetoughest undertakings of her life.“I signed up at SOAR and came down to the meeting and (coachBebe Bryans) was there and said, ‘This is going to be the hardest thing youwill ever do, I promise,’” Dvorak said.Despite Dvorak’s initial underestimation of the sport,Bryans noted something right away about the walk-on.“She was pretty fierce, right from the beginning,” Bryanssaid. “I think, her freshman year, she lived here (at the boathouse). She had agreat work ethic.” Sure enough, through her hard work, Dvorak has blossomedinto the captain of Wisconsin’s B boat. The role of captain is not somethingnew to her, however. With six younger siblings in her family, Dvorak has takento leadership roles throughout her life. In addition to being the oldest child,she has tutored other students in school since she was younger and also hascoached in summer sports camps.“Everyone has different wants and needs and interests, stufflike that, so that dynamic in coming to rowing as a team captain is really coolbecause it has really helped me problem solve and help people get betterbecause I can use my past experience,” Dvorak said.“She tends to be inclusive of people,” Bryans said. “Onething that she’s been able to help lead seniors with is that nurturing thewhole team instead of holding anyone down and just holding everyone up.”Although Dvorak is clearly a leader, she is verysoft-spoken, far from an in-your-face, out-loud captain.“She was pretty quiet,” Bryans said of Dvorak. “She’ssteady, incredibly steady. That’s an incredibly important quality.”“I think I’m pretty competitive,” Dvorak said. “I probablycome across as… not? Until you get to know me, I’ll get pretty comfortable, andthen I get competitive, especially this time of year. But yeah, I probably comeacross as not, at first.”Though relatively quiet, there is no question Dvorak has a positiveeffect on her team and definitely deserves her captain’s status on the B boat.“I think she has a pretty high standard of what she wantsthe team to accomplish,” Bryans said. “She’s willing to stand up to people touphold the standard that everyone decided they wanted, and that is whatleadership is.”Bryans even went as far as to say that one of the words shemost closely relates to Dvorak is “fierce.”Obviously, the results don’t lie. In competition over theweekend in Ann Arbor, Mich., the UW women’s openweight crew took second placein the Big Ten Championships, improving from their fifth place finish last yearat the same event. The boat Dvorak rowed in took first place in their finalsrace Saturday afternoon, beating the second place nationally ranked Ohio Stateboat by just under a second. Wisconsin is well on its way to finishing wellthis season, Dvorak’s last.“I have a lot of Wisconsin pride. I dreamt about being aBadger my whole life,” Dvorak said of her time as a Wisconsin rower. “Thehistory of Wisconsin rowing is one of the best parts. It’s really cool to justbe a part of that.”
Found them!JAMES McClean’s missing dogs have been found – in Killea!The Ireland international offered a reward last night after the dogs went missing in Derry.He had feared they were stolen. But it turns out they’d made their way out of the city….and heading for Donegal.The dogs were found thanks to McClean using his Twitter account to make an emotional plea for their return.Gerry Lennon and Tony Hegarty were able to given the former Derry City man the information he needed.McClean later publicly thanked the duo for their help….with the dogs found within two hours of his public appeal. “You have no idea how much I appreciate this,” said James in a tweet. SOCCER STAR McCLEAN’S MISSING DOGS FOUND IN KILLEA was last modified: June 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:DerrydonegalJames McCleanKilleaMissing Dogs