The Watauga Gorge.It’s been on my mind ever since I started kayaking. It was the run, the one everyone would skip work, reschedule meetings, and ditch class for. It’s one of the Southeast’s whitewater gems, and the weekend I was in Damascus, Va., for Trail Days, the Watauga Gorge was running.We left Sunday morning at the crack of noon (at least, those were our intentions). By the time we were geared up and at the put-in some 45 minutes away, it was nearing 2 o’clock. We waited under the blazing sun, in the heat of the day, panting in our dry suits and half-dehydrated from the previous night’s festivities. I, of course, was feeling ever so nauseous at the thought of the paddle to come and was grateful I’d scarfed an egg and cheese bagel that morning before my appetite had completely disappeared.There was a big group of us going down – 10 deep to be exact. I tend to prefer paddling in smaller groups, but I didn’t mind so much this time; most of the group were the guys who taught me to paddle, the ones who’d seen me come up choking for air, carp rolls, and smack rocks with my face time and again. Whether they were tagging along for front row seats to the carn fest or to act as genuine moral support is hard to tell (although I prefer to think the latter).The “do you know where we are” face above the entrance to Stateline Falls.When we came up to one of the first major rapids, Bump & Grind, I’m sure I was green with terror. It wasn’t that the rapid was particularly big and scary (class IV), but the fact that I was entering the Watauga. River. Gorge. In kayaking, hesitancy kills. I’d psyched myself out for so long thinking I couldn’t handle anything above a class IV, that by the time I was actually floating toward the class Vs, it was all I could do to dip my blade in and pull my boat forward. I got pinned sideways on some inconspicuous rock, sliding down the slot at Bump & Grind backwards, but I was fine. Something clicked, and I finally realized: I can do this. Much like my first time down the Upper Yough, that gnawing nervousness faded and grew to pure, giddish enjoyment.Brandon and Chris giving very similar beta on Stateline.Even as I sat above Stateline Falls in the Chapel Eddy, saying my final prayer before plunging over the lip of the 16-foot falls, I wasn’t nervous so much as stoked; this was by far the biggest stuff I’d ever paddled, and I couldn’t have been happier to be sharing the experience with the guys who introduced me to kayaking. Although my line sucked coming off Stateline and I swam deep beneath the falls, finally surfacing after nearly 20 seconds of being tossed and churned beneath the curtain, my mood was hardly dampened (although I wish I’d stomped it). Until next time Watauga…Coming off Stateline, pre-carnage.
State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) honors Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden with a posthumous Sagamore of the Wabash on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at Lucas Oil Raceway for the impact he left on the Indiana racing community. Glidden won 85 events, including 9 U.S. Nationals, during his racing career. Pictured from left to right: Hendricks County Commissioner Matt Whetstone; State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville); State Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle); Glidden’s wife, Etta Glidden; State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland); State Rep. Karlee Macer (D-Indianapolis); State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) and Frye.Browsburg, In. — Republican state representative from Greensburg Randy Frye posthumously honored the late Bob Glidden with a Sagamore of the Wabash for his accomplishments in Pro Stock racing at the recent U.S. Nationals.According to Frye, Glidden, an Indiana native, was a Pro Stock legend, winning 85 events, including nine U.S. Nationals and 10 world championships throughout his career. He passed away Dec. 17, 2017, at the age of 73.“Bob Glidden was a true racing legend here in Indiana and around the country,” Frye said. “He left a legacy behind and it was wonderful to see the impact that he made on the racing community. There aren’t many like Bob, and he is truly missed by all who knew him and got to watch him race.”Etta Glidden, joined by sons Rusty and Billy, accepted the award on behalf of her late husband. To honor Glidden at the event, which took place at Lucas Oil Raceway, two of Glidden’s cars were towed down the race track in his honor.The Sagamore of the Wabash is the highest honor the governor can give to Hoosiers for the mark they have left on Indiana with their lifetime accomplishments.
A signing ceremony at the Accra Stadium on Thursay, this was characterized by chants of various local cheer songs in the local language Ga by fans of both Banku and Powers. The verbal exchanges between the two boxers ahead of signing the contracts were clean and devoid of the earlier heated taunts that flooded the airwaves. Bukum Banku(in all black) warming up with his fans before signingAyittey Powers(in all white) also warms up before signing Banku and Powers in a handshakeBanku and Powers warn each other The two boxers finally sign
Independence Park Limited (IPL), the operator of the National Stadium, says that renovating the complex is more feasible than building a new one.IPL recently told The Sunday Gleaner that it is making plans to upgrade the facilities at the stadium on a phased basis but that it is waiting on funds from the Government to get started.It says that this upgrade is to meet what it describes as “international standards”.General manager Major Desmon Brown says that a new stadium with modern features would cost approximately US$350 million, the equivalent of just under J$46 billion at the current exchange rate.”As a country, it would be difficult to find those kinds of resources,” Brown says.He said that one of the challenges to ever raising that figure is that IPL does not collect profit from tickets sold for events hosted at the complex. Instead, it earns its profits from renting to various sporting bodies for the hosting of their events.”Remember, Independence Park does not have events,” he says. “What we do is rent the stadium and people have events. So that money goes back to them, not us.”One such association that rents the facilities is the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), for the national football team’s home matches. In recent times, the JFF has used the stadium less frequently. The last home matches hosted at the venue were FIFA World Cup and Caribbean Football Union qualifiers late last year, but there have been no international friendlies there in almost five years.The JFF says that renting the national Stadium costs between just over $1 million and under $1.5 million, depending on the type of game being hosted. For this reason, it is not profitable to host friendlies at the stadium. This is one of the reasons IPL has struggled to come up with necessary funding.GOV’T AIDED”Currently, I get 30 per cent from the Government to run the facility. That’s the operating cost. All the capital costs would come from the Government. Fixing the pool and all of those things have to come from the Government. A stadium only becomes profitable when you have your own team. For instance, the Indianapolis Colts (American National Football League team) have their own stadium. They have 50 matches every year. They know that 25 of those are home matches. You sell most of the tickets before and have a fixed income. You have advertisers who are in the stadium full time.”When you go to our stadium, it’s always empty because everybody comes there with their own different advertisers. The only time a stadium becomes profitable is when you have your own team and you have a certain number of matches and you can plan around that,” Brown says.