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A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

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Making a synchronised effort for Olympic glory

Posted by Kimberly on August 1, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
August 01, 2008 (496 words)

It’s taken Britain about 16 years, but the nation’s finally got their first Olympic synchronised swimming duet in 18-year-old Olivia Allison and 19-year-old Jenna Randall.
The two teenagers spoke to the media yesterday at the Westin Resort, Macau, about the changed perception of the sport and its true difficulties.
“Everyday, we’re training full time,” says Allison, adding that “all we do is eat, sleep and train.”
To be more precise, the girls are required to practise up to seven hours a day for six days a week, during this crucial period, although not all of this is intense, with practice involving different phases of training.
“We’re a lot fitter!” says Randall, who explained that they used to achieve scores in the “low 7’s at the European Championships” but were now achieving high 8’s to low 9’s, “so we’ve improved by a whole category of marks.”
And as far as the girls’ Performance Director, Biz Price is concerned, this is only the beginning.
“I think they have another two years to go” before become ‘really fit”, she says and Randall agrees, adding that “I feel pretty fit at the moment but for my sport, I’m not that great yet.”
Biz explains that, despite public opinion on the sport’s place as an Olympic event, the amount of work that is required of the girls is far more than simple twirls and spins. Read the rest of this entry »

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Britain’s Olympic taekwondo trio in with a fighting chance

Posted by Kimberly on August 1, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
August 1, 2008 (667 words)

None of Britain’s three taekwondo Olympic athletes have ever been knocked out in a tournament, with 25-year-old Sarah Stevenson stating, “that’s why we’re good!”
So good in fact, that Stevenson currently has a tattoo on her left foot to represent each of her two wins as European and world champion.
But that doesn’t mean any of them expect that to remain the case, especially when facing the likes of the United States’ Steven Lopez, two-time Olympic champion.
Stevenson’s quick to add, “anyone can get knocked out. You can make a mistake or they could do something good. I wouldn’t say anything bad about anyone who’d been knocked out,” she admits.
Speaking with the media yesterday at the Westin Resort, Macau, the taekwondo team were joined by their Cuban coach, Nelson Miller and Performance Director Gary Hall, who was quick to applaud the local facilities as being first class.
“We’ve come a long way in terms of preparation,” says Hall, adding that the team’s realistic Olympic expectation was obtaining a medal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Macau charity golf event ready for tee-off

Posted by Kimberly on November 23, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 23, 2007 (542 words)

The 1st Annual Macau Business Charity Golf Tournament may be a few days away from tee-off but Paulo Azevedo, co-managing director of Macau Business SK Events (MBSK), the event’s brainchild, already had his gold clubs out, theoretically speaking.

His enthusiasm for the charity even, to be held On November 28, followed by a Gala dinner the following day, was evident at the press conference held yesterday at the Westin Resort, Macau.

To be played on the Macau Golf and Country Club’s 18 holes course, the charity event will see 45 players within 15 teams compete for a prize they don’t even get to keep.

What they will have is the right to name a charity or social project of their choice to which the tournament’s proceeds will be forwarded, should they win. Total prize money stands at MOP$200,000.

Companies that have bought a team include BNU, Wynn and Aristocrat. While each company had to choose a charity of their choice at the time of registration, Mr Azevedo did not specify which local charities would benefit by which company.

The charitable golf outing is the brainchild of Macau Business SK Events (MBSK) which is promoting the 1st Annual Macau Business Charity Golf Tournament & Gala Dinner. Read the rest of this entry »

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ILCM hosts Melbourne Cup brunch in Macau

Posted by Kimberly on November 7, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 7, 2007, page 3 (693 words)

The International Ladies Club of Macau (ILCM) raised more than MOP30,000 by bringing an historical Australian tradition, that of watching the Melbourne Cup, to Macau yesterday, by organising a brunch at the Macau Golf and Country Club.
Funds raised will go towards a cook and driver for Macau orphanage Cradle of Hope, as well as towards equipment for the elderly homes.
The event, which saw 120 people attend, has been organised by the ILCM for about 12 years with the Golf Club having played host for the majority of that time.
It was officiated by commentator and master of apprentices, Harry Troy and his wife Lyn, who have been a part of the event since the beginning.
“They put in a lot of time to organise the day,” said Fran Thomas, ILCM’s vice president, adding that “the Macau Golf Club has been very helpful.”
The event was sponsored by six companies, Crown Macau, Morton’s Steakhouse, the Macau Golf Club, James Boag & Son, Mandarin Oriental and Optica. Read the rest of this entry »

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IOC President refuses comment on Macau’s IOC member role

Posted by Kimberly on October 27, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 27 2007, page 5 (260 words)

After a delay of more than five hours, due to foggy weather in Beijing, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacque Rogge finally landed in Macau just after 7pm, only to stress that his visit had nothing to do with Macau’s possible acceptance as a member of the IOC.
“You should not mix the two issues. My visit is a visit of courtesy, it’s for interest of sport. It has nothing to do with possible recognition of the International Olympic Committee,” he said.
He continued with saying, “we are interested in new developments in sport and this is s a new concept: the concept of the indoor sport and it’s something we need to learn from.”
The idea of lesson learnt was the only issue Dr Rogge was willing to speak on, saying “we want to see what Macau is doing and I think it’s quite an interesting experiment. I do not mean by that, that the IOC will copy that but every development in sport is important for us.” Read the rest of this entry »

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