Cunningham targets golden double at Para Pan Games

first_imgJamaica Paralympics Association (JPA) current poster boy, Alphanso Cunningham, thinks it a big honour to represent Jamaica at yet another Paralympics showpiece.The four-time Para Pan Am medallist says he will be going for glory, records and top honours when the fifth Paralympics Pan American Games get underway from August 7-15 in Toronto, Canada.”I am aiming to better what I did at the last Pan Am Games, where I got gold and silver, so I am definitely striving for two gold this time around,” said the current Pan Am record holder in the men’s F52/53 javelin.He maintains he is calm, under no pressure and just going to do his best.”I am looking forward to doing good … just going out there to throw near the record or break the record,” Cunningham added.Cunningham continues to show strong will, determination and resilience.RESPECT”Motivation, that’s one of the aims for me in the sport, I take up on myself the responsibility, like our president says, performances make people focus on you and respect you … and sponsors and so on,” he reasoned.The JPA was established in 2008 and replaced the Jamaica Paraplegic Association, which was formed by the late Sir John Golding in 1966. It is a government-approved national body for sports, for persons who are physically challenged and visually impaired.Cunningham, Tanto Campbell, Shane Hudson, David Bascoe, Tevaugh Thomas and Sylvia Grant, the lone female, will be leading the country’s medal hopes in Canada, while former Paralympian-turned-coach Neville Sinclair is eyeing at least “one medal per athlete”.”I just try to do good, try to get medals as much as I can and make people wanna do the sport,” Cunningham told The Gleaner in an interview at the naming of the team at the Jamaica Olympics Association (JOA) on Cunningham Avenue.The Jamaican is currently number one in his class in South America, is a medallist at the Pan Am, World Champs and Paralympics level, while locally, he is a brand ambassador for local telecommunications firm Digicel.last_img read more

Arya Samaj celebrates 143rd anniversary

first_imgThe Guyana Central Arya Samaj and the Berbice Central Arya Samaj, along with all the affiliates and associates across Guyana, celebrated the anniversary of the Arya Samaj Foundation Day on April 10. The Arya Samaj was established on April 10, 1875 in Bombay, India by its iconic spiritual founder, Maharishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati. Since then, Arya Samaj ideals and practices have spread all over the world and today, there are many temples and persons in numerous countries that preach and teach the Word of God because of the Arya Samaj and its zeal for truth and logic.A primary objective of the Arya Samaj is to do good to and for the world in such a way as to promote physical, spiritual, and social upliftment for everyone. To achieve this, our conduct is always to be guided by unselfishness, love, righteousness, and justice.These, among other core values, remain the focus of the Arya Samaj in a world that continues to be pulled into every conceivable realm of negative thoughts and emotions. It continues to look for the ultimate good of our children and parents; the advancement of our countries and economic and social values and the overall cohesion of our peoples.Over the short but impactful history of the Arya Samaj since its formation in 1875, there have been undeniable contributions to nationhood in many countries. Humanity as a whole has benefited from the modernistic, logic-driven approach to Hinduism as practised by the Arya Samaj.In a message, Guyana Central Arya Samaj President, Dr Yog Mahadeo noted that among its many appeals, the Arya Samaj was people-focused. “Our life-long mission is to make the world a noble place. All of our actions and intent is supposed to be focused on helping others.”He continued, “The bedrock to our growth and development as a nation is in education and healthy lifestyle. One of our goals, therefore, is to learn, practise, teach and preach the word of God and to inculcate healthy living habits that focus on building and maintaining strong families. To preach and practise unity and love is ultimate.”The President noted that all the temples across the country were celebrating this anniversary. “In Berbice, Demerara, and Essequibo, across the mandirs, there are a number of activities at various mandirs during the month of April. In Berbice, there is a multi-kunda havan at the 64-66 Vedic Mandir and a day of devotion and singing. In West Demerara, there will be a multi-kunda havan at the Windsor Forest Mandir, youth camp and a week of devotion and songs at all the mandirs. At East Coast Demerara and Georgetown, there will also be special services, and a youth activity on April 29 at the Georgetown Mandir.General Secretary to the organisation, Bahen Renuka Lall said that the Arya Samaj movement taught everyone to be kind, courteous, and loving toward everyone. “Our belief is that everyone is equal and that all are entitled to happiness and prosperity.” She reminds everyone to go to temple and to do good.Berbice Central Arya Samaj President, Dr Vishwa Mahadeo noted that the Arya Samaj movement all across the world is observing the anniversary. “We are joining hands with many countries in a universal movement that believes in helping everyone and letting everyone grow and develop. We believe that our personal happiness lies in the happiness of everyone and our personal contentment is experienced when others are contented.”The West Demerara Arya Samaj, under the leadership of Pandita Dolly of Windsor Forest, also launched a week-long celebration across the mandirs of West Demerara, culminating with a grand celebration at the Windsor Forest and Central Mandirs. East Coast Demerara’s head, Pandit Seu from Enmore also announced a week-long activity and participation in the grand celebrations on April 29 at the Central Mandir.A member of the Essequibo group, Rakesh Ramballi called on all members to be reminded of special celebrations in Essequibo in June this year. “Krinvanto vishvam aryam – Make the world noble.”last_img read more