Da Silva’s passion for gold

first_imgEvery cloud has a silver lining but it is not always easy to see. Disabled athlete Dylan da Silva has gone all out not only to see the silver lining, but also to grab it and hold on. A cyclist and swimmer, he has already notched up an impressive list of achievements, but he is not ready to rest yet.Dylan da Silva would love to win the Cape Argus, which is the world’s largest individually timed cycle raceDriven by a passion to do what many people would call impossible, his next goals are to climb Kilimanjaro and to represent the rainbow nation in the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil. By conquering Africa’s highest mountain, he hopes he will inspire others, as well as raise funds to help other disabled people reach their peak – to find what he calls “Nolimbits”, a personal slogan taken from the Guts2Glory motto “No Limits”.Guts2Glory is a non-profit organisation founded by Lee Mc Queen and friends with a goal to help raise funds for underprivileged disabled athletes, helping them to realise their dream to compete in the Paralympics and other competitions.The group is also helping Da Silva in his Kilimanjaro efforts; he hopes to climb the mountain in January 2014, a date that is dependent on how many sponsors get on board.The 19-year-old is also looking for help from anyone willing to spread their wings in hopes of having him bring home the gold in 2016.Already through its campaign, Wingz of Change, Ballz Visual Radio 93.8 Mix FM, a Gauteng radio station, has donated a bicycle since Da Silva’s five-year-old one was getting a bit too small for him to use in competitions. Wingz of Change aims to help one person a week.The athlete says: “I can consult with a bicycle specialist to customise the bicycle to accommodate my disability … I am training towards Brazil, which is my ultimate dream and goal – to participate in the Paralympics – but first I’ll take it one step at a time and focus on next year’s race.”THE CAPE ARGUS A cyclist and swimmer,  Da Silva has already notched up an impressive list of achievements, but he is not ready to rest yetHe would love to win the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on 9 March 2014. The annual cycle race around the peninsular is the world’s largest individually timed cycle race.Da Silva is an active person who wants to accomplish the top level in all things he pursues. This drive began when he was still young. “I have always been an active child,” he says, “and I had a great interest in sport. I wanted to join my older brother in swimming but in the beginning, because of the difference in the length of my arms, I would swim in circles until finally I could swim in a straight line.”He was inspired by his mother Melissa da Silva, who has always held that “you won’t know what you’re capable of until you try”.He adds: “I always try to do not the best but to give it my all in everything I do in life. I was born with phocomelia. My left arm ends at the elbow with just a stump and my right arm is three quarters in length with no elbow and half a hand with two fingers that could not bend.“I have since had surgery and am able to bend my fingers minimally.”Phocomelia is a birth defect in which the upper portion of a limb is absent or is poorly developed.Given his disability, it was difficult for his mother to find a swimming club, but she met swimming instructor Bonny Harris, who watched him swim in amazement. She quickly agreed to coach him. It was not long before Harris recommended that he become a registered swimmer and she found Da Silva a coach in Theo Verster, who was head coach at St Andrew’s Dragons.A CHAMPIONDa Silva is an active person who wants to accomplish the top level in all things he pursues (Images: Dylan da Silva)“I have been swimming competitively since 2008, winning many medals and I also hold a few South African records. During this time I was also cycling but not as competitively as the swimming. However, I’ve being participated in South African National Championships for the Physically Disabled every year since 2007 in both swimming and cycling, also winning many medals. I also hold a few South African records in cycling.”In his competitive career, Da Silva has clocked up five bronze, 23 silver and 30 gold medals. He also won four South African National Championships for the Physically Disabled in Port Elizabeth for swimming, and in Durban 2012 he went on to win a championship in cycling with two records and two more gold medals.About his heroes, he says: “I look up to my mom … most of who you would call my icons are now my friends and some are individuals with whom I compete.” Nolimbits indeed“I received a medal in 2008 from Central Gauteng Sports and Recreation for all my achievements at the South African National Championships for the Physically Disabled.”It takes a strong heart to stand up against the odds and what this young man has done and is still doing is truly a story of hope. By not looking at what he doesn’t have but how far he is willing to go, he is inspiring those around him.Most recently, he was in Cape Town where he took part in the Spin for a Dream, which was made possible by Guts2Glory. “I want people to know that just because you have neither legs nor arms we are all different in a way as humans and if you have the passion for it you can make it,” says Da Silva.For more information or to help Da Silva reach his goals, email Melissa da Silva on mdasilva@micsa.co.za or Lee Mc Queen on lee@guts2glory.co.za.last_img read more

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Ateneo rout a ‘wakeup call’ for UP early in UAAP Season 80

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Tyler Tio makes up for lost time, debuts with a splash for Ateneo LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “What happened to us was like a wakeup call. We need to recover quickly,” said Desiderio in Filipino after his team slipped to 1-1. “It was really a struggle, we were scouted very well and almost all of our plays were countered.”UP head coach Bo Perasol called it a “rude awakening” but it was also something that his Fighting Maroons were eager to move past.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had to move on immediately,” said Perasol in Filipino. “There’s really nothing left to do, we lost badly but it happens. We move on to Sunday and hope that we have a better game.”Against the hot shooting Blue Eagles, the Maroons were dismal on the floor, going 25-of-67 from the field. They also got sorely outrebounded, 51-38. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines was on a high after a dramatic 74-73 opening win over University of Santo Tomas after wingman Paul Desiderio hit a dagger of a three-pointer on Sunday.Come Wednesday, the Fighting Maroons were sent crashing back to reality after Ateneo put on a display for the convincing 92-71 win as the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament continued.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ For Desiderio’s part, he finished with just nine points on 4-of-18 shooting after scoring 17 points against the Growling Tigers.“I think we were complacent and we weren’t focused because of that,” said Desiderio. “I wasn’t able to adjust, I was too focused on scoring.”UP has a chance to bounce back on Sunday against University of the East, which has yet to win in two matches so far.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

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PBA D-League: Cignal-Ateneo destroys McDavid by 75 points

first_imgMOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Maodo Malick Diouf bullied his way to 22 points, 10 coming in the final frame, and 19 rebounds.“We just got to be ready for every situation. Marinero was able to catch up and get the lead, but we’re able to regroup, kept our poise, and played defense. That’s what has been keeping us to where we are,” said CEU head coach Derrick Pumaren.The Scorpions held a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter before it broke the game wide open in the fourth period behind Diouf.Angelo Kouame and Thirdy Ravena each scored 16 points while Mike Nieto added 11 for Ateneo, which rolled to its sixth victory in seven stints.Marlon Monte had 11 points for McDavid (1-5), which trailed, 90-28, after three quarters.ADVERTISEMENT The Blue Eagles opened the game with a 31-5 lead and continued to pounce on their lowly foes up to the final buzzer.Ateneo’s 75-point rout fell just a point short from matching the D-League mark of the biggest winning margin set by Tanduay in a 141-65 thrashing of Zark’s Burger two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMcDavid, however, managed to break a league record for all the wrong reasons as the squad’s 31 points were the fewest points scored by a team in a single game.In the other game, Centro Escolar University got going late to turn back Marinerong Pilipino, 93-76, and stay undefeated at 6-0. Go for Gold riders brace for 2019 Asian Road Cycling Championships PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img McDavid scored only three points in the fourth quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MANILA, Philippines—It took Cignal-Ateneo just one quarter to put McDavid away en route to a 106-31 dismantling that nearly set a PBA D-League record Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

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10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: Zaha and China?

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: Zaha and China?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson insists there’s been no offer from China for Wilfried Zaha.Hodgson has claimed Crystal Palace know nothing about a Chinese mega-money offer for Zaha in the January window.And Hodgson said: “The speculation we have had so far I have got to say I find it hard to take seriously but who knows? Perhaps I shall be very surprised.“I don’t know if you sign a new five-year contract in the Premier League and then go to China at the age of 26. But who knows? Perhaps I am naïve. Perhaps it does happen.”All I do know is that no-one at the club knows anything at all about this story.” last_img read more

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9 months agoBenkovic insists Celtic perfect preparation for Leicester return

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Benkovic insists Celtic perfect preparation for Leicester returnby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFilip Benkovic says he will be ready for the Premier League after his loan stint with Celtic. The Leicester City defender has earned rave reviews for his performances in Scotland this season.And he thinks the experience will set him up perfectly for a return to the King Power.”In this period at Celtic, I feel I’ve improved as a player every day,” he told the Scottish Sun. “Here, I have to the scope to work on every aspect of my game.”That’s vital if I want to go on to play at the very top level. I feel good here and that I’m doing a good job.”Later in my career, when I look back, I want to say I did well at Celtic. I want to know that I worked hard and was very humble during my time in Scotland.”This will prepare me for the Premier League. Experience is so important for a player because it then makes it easier to deal with certain situations.”It makes you smarter. But nothing can happen without hard work because I think the Premier League is the No.1 in the world.”Here at Celtic, I play with pressure, which is good. But that’s normal for me – I came from a club in Croatia where it was the same.”I like that, I enjoy the pressure. To me that’s a positive, now and moving forward.”The last information I had from Leicester was that I am staying at Celtic until the end of the season.”I enjoy it here so that’s what I’m focusing on. After that, we will speak and see what’s for the best.”I’m having fun here and want more of it.” last_img read more

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3 days agoArsenal boss Emery upset with Pepe: You must score!

first_imgArsenal boss Emery upset with Pepe: You must score!by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was upset with Nicolas Pepe after defeat at Sheffield United last night.The Gunners’ £72million summer signing missed a sitter when the game was goalless – and is yet to score from open play for his new club.Lys Mousset then struck for the brilliant Blades, as Arsenal, who have never won at Sheffield United in the Premier League in four attempts, missed the chance to go third.Gunners boss Emery moaned: “The chance for us, for Pepe, was the key.“Because if they score the first goal, defensively they are a very strong team.“Pepe is improving but the next step for him is to score.“Usually he is going to score chances like that – but tonight he didn’t take his chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Someone Left An Extremely NSFW Message On The 2014 Results Page Of The ACC Media Guide

first_imgNC State 2014 football schedule featuring a NSFW message.Twitter/@MrsTylerKSR Being an intern isn’t always fun. Occasionally, you’ll get stuck typing up menial things, like the 2014 schedules and results for the ACC’s 14 member schools. As frustrating and tedious as that may get, dropping an F-bomb and forgetting to deleting it, and then having that print out in every edition of the guide being given out at ACC media days probably isn’t the best course of action. Or, perhaps they’re not a fan of Wake Forest’s poor season? The Clawfense is a work in progress, give it time sir!Part of me laughed, part died, when I saw three-word “error” on page 145 in ACC FB media guide unveiled today. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/WVAv64QQlp— David Glenn Show (@DavidGlennShow) July 20, 2015Yeah, somebody’s getting fired.last_img read more

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Starkey Hearing Foundation to Help New Orleans Hear the Big Game

first_imgStarkey Hearing Foundation will conduct a service mission in New Orleans Saturday, Feb. 2, the day before the professional football championship game.Starkey Hearing Foundation is dedicated to bringing understanding among individuals and communities by providing the gift of hearing. On this mission, the foundation will continue fulfilling its commitment to provide 100,000 hearing aids to people in need annually, and 1 million by 2020, as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).The Foundation’s team of audiologists and staff will fit each of the more than 100 pre-selected recipients—including 12 local musicians—with their own customized, digital hearing device. Hearing is so important to the playing and enjoyment of music, and music is the pulse that drives New Orleans culture, which is why this mission will take place at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the Musician’s Village.Musicians’ Village is one of the most recognized post-Katrina rebuilding efforts of the New Orleans Area Habitat For Humanity (NOAHH). This project, spearheaded by New Orleans natives Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, was created as a way to preserve the local music and culture.Celebrity and professional athlete volunteers commonly assist at the Foundation’s missions where they witness the life-changing impact of this cause and support recipients as they are fitted with their new hearing aids. As part of the mission, recipients also receive audio testing, counseling and instruction on how to care for their new devices, all courtesy of Starkey Hearing Foundation.“Music plays a significant role in New Orleans’ heritage and culture and I’m delighted to return to this area to give the gift of hearing once again,” said Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “Watching somebody light up as they hear music clearly again is an incredible experience and sharing that moment is something you never forget.”Starkey Hearing Foundation’s New Orleans Mission is one of dozens conducted each year by the Foundation, both domestically and internationally. Hearing missions are the primary way Starkey Hearing Foundation realizes its goal: So the World May Hear. As a CGI member, the Foundation has pledged to fit 1 million hearing aids to individuals in need by the end of this decade.According to Starkey Hearing Foundation, hearing loss is pervasive, affecting 34 million Americans – or one in 10. Yet, with the help of a hearing device, hearing loss can often be corrected in a majority of cases, giving an individual the opportunity to better connect with their family, the community and the world around them.More information about the foundation’s work can be found at Starkey Hearing Foundation’s website, as well as via Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Facebook and Twitter pages.last_img read more

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The Latest Acting EPA boss says hes deregulation champion

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler (all times local):9:30 a.m.President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is describing himself as a champion of deregulation and the environment.Former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler has been leading the EPA since Scott Pruitt resigned amid ethics scandals in July. He is to appear Wednesday before a Senate committee considering his nomination.Wheeler’s prepared remarks call protecting human health and the environment his most important responsibility. He cites EPA progress cleaning up Superfund sites and other pollution, including work that was begun under the Obama administration.Wheeler also boasts of the Trump administration’s regulatory rollbacks at the EPA, saying the administration has finished 33 major deregulatory actions.Wheeler is expected to face questioning on the health impacts of those rollbacks and on his past lobbying work.___12:55 a.m.Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler’s past lobbying work is expected to draw scrutiny at his confirmation hearing for the permanent post.A Senate committee on Wednesday will consider Wheeler as President Donald Trump’s nominee for EPA administrator. Wheeler has served as the agency’s acting head since Scott Pruitt resigned in July amid allegations over Pruitt’s spending and alleged favour-seeking.Environmental groups want senators to question Wheeler about his lobbying for coal interests and others just before he joined the EPA.The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed an ethics complaint alleging Wheeler improperly oversaw regulatory rollbacks benefiting coal and others he had lobbied for.EPA spokesman John Konkus calls that “baseless.” Konkus says Wheeler consults closely with ethics officials at the agency.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Fort St John wakes up to smoky haze after thunderstorm Wednesday night

first_imgUPDATE: Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that a shift in the wind during the overnight hours has caused the smoke from fires burning north of Fort St. John to drift over the city. She said that so far this morning, crews conducting aerial patrols have not noticed any new fires caused by last night’s lightning storm.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The hot and dry weather in the Peace Region on Wednesday resulted in a massive thunderstorm rolling into Fort St. John last night, and has been replaced with a smoky-smelling haze.Shortly before 11:00 p.m., a thunderstorm moved over Fort St. John from the South Peace, which brought brief heavy downpours and a large number of lightning strikes. The North Peace Airport weather station recorded a trace of precipitation before midnight last night.  On Thursday morning, a large smoky-smelling haze was observed over Fort St. John, with other reports via social media of smoky skies near Mile 57 and in the Tower Lake area south of the Peace River. The BC Wildfire Service has not reported any new fires in the Peace Region on its map of fire locations.The high pressure ridge saw the all-time May 23rd temperature record broken in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and Chetwynd yesterday.last_img read more

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