Women’s group completes 1st Essequibo kayaking expedition

first_imgA group of women on Tuesday completed the first-ever kayaking expedition journeying from the source of the Essequibo River to the river mouth.Commencing two months ago on February 2, 2018, the expedition lasted some 75 days.It was headed by Laura Bingham, while hailing from the United Kingdom and Ireland were her two companions, Ness Knight and Pip Stewart.With a combination of both hard and soft adventure experiences, the group was able to enjoy the awe-inspiring vast landscapes of Guyana – waterways, rain forests, savannahs and mountain ranges.The expedition included a visit to the Indigenous community of Konashen with the team also passing through Fairview, Apoteri and Iwokrama. The journey provided excellent exposure for Destination Guyana, with a great focus on community tourism and Guyana’s waterways.Some of the highlights of the journey included the warm hospitality of the Indigenous communities along the River, especially the Wai Wai who were the main guides for the almost two-and-a-half-month journey, as well as the pristine nature of the rainforest and the wildlife.The team was accompanied by Faye James of King William Adventures, as well as Wai Wai guides Romel and Anthony.last_img read more

Valencia star good to go

first_imgValencia High’s Foothill League foes might have hoped to avoid Taryn Robertson, the league’s 2004 girls’ volleyball Player of the Year, who was questionable for Tuesday’s match against Hart because of a wrist injury. No such luck. Robertson, a UC Irvine-bound setter who pulled a ligament in her right wrist about a month ago, opted to play against the Indians, and Valencia remained undefeated in league. Robertson continued playing after suffering the injury, but the wrist was reevaluated last week, and the Vikings weren’t sure until Tuesday whether she would play this week. Robertson, her wrist taped, played in three of four games against Hart. She sat out the match’s second game, which Hart won 25-9, the first league game Valencia (14-2 overall) had lost this year. Robertson returned for the decisive game and she finished with 29 assists. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Another injury: Hart’s Sara Ferrier suffered a sprained thumb in last week’s loss to Canyon. She sat out Thursday’s match against Burbank. Recruiting buzz: Robertson committed to UC Irvine before the season started, and recruiters are targeting many of her Valencia teammates. Middle blocker Asha Kakonde is considering Wyoming, and Cal State Bakersfield is a leading choice for opposite hitter Nicole Piva. Outside hitter Lauren Wells has heard from a few schools and is keeping her options open. Danielle Maricle also is being recruited, as a softball player, and has visited Villanova, Hawaii and North Carolina. She said she would like to continue playing volleyball but realizes it would take away from her softball training. “Most of them say it’s too hard,” said Maricle, who has been asked to concentrate on softball by the schools recruiting her. “If they’re paying for me to be there, I figure I owe it to them to do my best to be ready. I’ll need to focus on softball.” Honest answer: Maricle sounded embarrassed when explaining how she started playing volleyball, realizing hers is not the typical path on a team loaded with longtime club players. “I went to one of the boys’ games and saw they had cute guys,” she said. Figuring an easy way to hang out with the guys would be to play their sport, Maricle started playing volleyball as a sophomore. She contributed 11 kills in Tuesday’s victory over Hart. Busy week: Valencia played a makeup match Wednesday against Canyon, the first of three games on successive days. The Vikings are home today against Burroughs of Burbank. In the rankings: Area teams are well represented in the Southern Section rankings. Valencia is No. 5 in Div. I-AA, Saugus is No. 7 and Hart No. 10 in I-A, and Santa Clarita Christian is No. 8 in V-AA. Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 heather.gripp@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more