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Murray finds joy in representing the Golden Arrowhead

first_imgTHERE’S nothing that gives 18-year-old Kezra Murray more joy in her athletic pursuits than the thought of representing her country, which she finally got the opportunity to do last August when she attended the Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) in Suriname.Murray went on to win two silver medals at the event in the 400m and 800m events, and just last week she was one of the star athletes for West Demerara (District 3) at the National Schools Championships (Nationals), where she took a gold and a silver, respectively, in the Girls’ Under-20 800m and 400m.Murray has been attending Nationals since 2014, having been involved in athletics since she was 12 years old. She says athletics was in her family so it was only natural that she got involved in the sport.“My father and my mother both ran and I always said I wanted to be just like them,” Murray shared.“They would always tell me about running during their schooldays and even one of my dad’s teachers and some of the people in my village told me the same thing too.”Inspired by her parents Murray was hopeful of following in her parents’ footsteps and making her community and country proud.However, hailing from the village of Uitvlugt on the West Coast of Demerara this was easier said than done, as achieving her true athletic potential would require her to train with a qualified coach, and those are in short supply on the West Coast.She did manage to find a small-time club, the now-defunct West End Athletics Club. But that did not last long.“I was in a club in Uitvlugt, but I had to leave so I could get exposure.”Then it was after a performance at a Guyana Police Force Gymkhana event, that her talent caught the eye of then Acting Commissioner of Police, Derick Josiah, and he encouragement her to join the Police Progressive Youth Athletics Club.Despite the fact that the Police club was based in Georgetown and it would be challenging for her to travel all the way from the West Coast, Murray jumped at the thought, and joined the club.“It is a strain financially at times,” She remarked, nonetheless she knows she needs the exposure and is determined to continue despite the challenges. She’s still at her club, training five days a week as she continues to aspire to improve herself as an athlete.Her training has enabled to her gain a number of medals at Nationals, while she continued to hope for an opportunity to represent her country.Although improvements have been slow she’s still proud of what she has been able to achieve – her proudest moment finally coming with her IGG performance.“My biggest achievement as an athlete is when I had the opportunity to represent my homeland Guyana,” Murray says.last_img read more

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City of Alpena Fire Department warns of charity scam

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The City of Alpena wants to warn residents of a charity scam going around the area.Alpena’s fire department has become aware of phone and mail communications soliciting support for the Firefighters Charitable Foundation out of Farmingdale, New York. The communications state that money collected will be used to support victims of fires and volunteer fire departments. The organization claims to have a P.O. Box in Madison Heights, which is in the metro Detroit area, but there is no evidence that it provides support to anyone in Michigan, or locally.If you would like more information on this topic, or on how to support your local fire departments, contact City of Alpena fire chief, Bill Forbush, at (989)354–1850.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena City Firefighters, charity scam, Fire Department, Firefighters, ScamContinue ReadingPrevious A closer look at Alpena Public Schools ahead of Tuesday’s bond proposalNext APS superintendent offers tours of Besser and Wilson Elementary Schools ahead of bond electionlast_img read more

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Alhaji Jawula: Financial constraints contributes to our clubs poor show in Africa

first_imgFormer Ghana Football Association chairman Lepowura Alhaji MND Jawula believes the financial constraints of Ghanaian clubs partly accounts for their poor campaigns in CAF’s inter-clubs competitions.AshantiGold’s elimination on Sunday has extended the country’s attempt to play in the Group stage of the CAF Champions League since 2012 when Berekum Chelsea featured in the group stage.“All governments have not been good to football and I have been saying this over and over and when we qualified for Africa we are among the few countries where government pays nothing to the clubs,” Jawula told Joy Sports“If government should even handle the flight and accommodation for our clubs that qualify then they will have money to left over to pay extra bonuses which will motivate the players.“There are a lot we are not getting right and I think our football authorities should sit with government and to avoid quarreling and fighting over unnecessary World Cup money, let us make the government know where the difficulty is so they can support.”Medeama are now Ghana’s only representative in continental competition this year. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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