BRIGHTENED OUTLOOK The win has brightened Gaye’s outlook for this season. “Well, I’m looking forward to the World Championships, World University Games,” he quietly projected. “Just want to go to the Trials and make my mark there.” Weakened by Zika, he was eliminated in the semi-finals at the Trials, also known at the National Senior Championships, last year. Junelle Bromfield, the University of Technology star, followed up her recent Carifta Games 400m win with a season’s best time of 52.37 seconds, to edge Anastasia Le-Roy in the women’s equivalent. In other highlights, Olympic and World 400m bronze medal winner Shericka Jackson turned up for some speed work and set a personal best of 11.24 seconds in the 100m. O’Dayne Richards, Jackson’s MVP Track Club teammate and fellow World bronze medallist, extended his best shot put distance of 2017 to 20.74m. Demish Gaye delighted a small band of devoted track and field fans at the first JAAA All Comers meet with a winning 400m run of 44.85 seconds inside the National Stadium on Saturday. Gaye, the two-time Inter-Collegiate champion, broke through the 45 second barrier for the first time. The G.C. Foster College student-athlete indicated that the run is the result of his training which he says is going very well. The time lowered his personal best from 45.24 seconds, and is the fastest time by a Jamaican this year. “That gives me a lot of confidence,” he said of his performance. Running strongly from the start, Gaye resisted the mid-race surge of national champion Javon Francis to win. Speaking breathlessly after the race, he said: “Training has been going well and I’m healthy right now, and I just want to keep it that way for the rest of the season.” That was a reference to last season when an ill-timed bout of the Zika virus ruined his Olympic campaign. Francis, who emerged from the recent IAAF World Relays with an injury niggle, was timed in 46.52 seconds.
Over 40 young Cypriots from across the world met in Nicosia from 25 to 27 August, for the 7th General Conference of the NEPOMAK – World Organisation for Young Overseas Cypriots.This year’s conference marked 12 years of continuous service by NEPOMAK to young people across the diaspora, since it was founded in 2002. At the conference, delegates held workshops to discuss the improvement of existing NEPOMAK programmes, the establishment of new programmes, the latest developments on the Cyprus issue and they also developed a network of friends from across the globe.They discussed how to enrich NEPOMAK’s programmes designed to promote Cypriot history, heritage and the Greek language in the Diaspora including, NEPOMAK’s Discover Cyprus Programme. Plans were also made to take forward NEPOMAK Professionals – launched after the conference four years ago, it has gone onto become the largest online network of overseas Cypriot professionals. In partnership with CYTA and Cypriot start-ups, developing of a mobile application was discussed to act as platform to bring the diaspora closer to Cyprus and enable the youth of the diaspora to network.The introduction of two full-fees scholarships for young Cypriots was announced during the three days event – one scholarship at the University of Cyprus for an MBA and the other scholarship will be at the Open University of Cyprus in any discipline. After eight years as president, Christos Karaolis stepped down and expressed “a personal thank you to all the 150 young Cypriot volunteers who form NEPOMAK’s regional, national and global committees”. Antonia Savvides of United Kingdom was elected as a new president. “Today 15,000 young people around the world make NEPOMAK and our activities a part of their daily lives. We will continue to expand our network by providing the new generation with the opportunities to engage with our roots, to learn about our history and to express their passion for our homeland.”A new Executive Council was elected for the period 2014 to 2016. Australian NEPOMAK president Demetri Nicolaou was elected as one of the vice presidents, Abraam Gregoriou as a treasurer and Kosta Socratous as an organising secretary. For more information visit www.nepomak.org or www.facebook.com/nepomak.aus.nz Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram