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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 August 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 AUGUST 2015 19 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ‘Flying’ Iakovakis Kosta Navarino honours the leading Greek Olympic and world champion in the 400 metres hurdles The multiple-award winning event the Navarino Challenge, in the Peloponnese, continues to add new challenges and activities to its program, by bringing together sports aficionados and athletes of all ages. The Navarino Challenge will honour the leading Greek Olympic and world champion in the 400 metres hurdles, Periklis Iakovakis, for his overall contribution to sports and his ethics during the workshop, to be held in parallel with the event. Iakovakis, who is considered an exemplary athlete, is the Greek national record holder, having won the bronze medal at the World Athletics Championship (Paris, 2003), the gold medal at the European Athletics Championship (Gothenburg, 2006), eighth place in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, a gold and a bronze medal in the Mediterranean Games (Tunis, 2001 and Mersin, 2013 in 4x400m) and nine national championships. He was named top athlete in the world in his sport in 2006 by one of the leading athletics magazines, the US’s Track and Field News. He is the only Greek athlete who has held this honour to date. This year's new challenges include swimming, where sea lovers of all ages will have the opportunity to swim without timing and competition in the beautiful Bay of Navarino, in the picturesque port of Pylos. The participants of the Navarino Challenge will also be invited to swim, on Saturday 12 September, a special one mile swimming route (1.6 km), while children will swim the half mile route (0.8 km). Olympic champion and twice world champion swimmer Spyros Gianniotis is the ambassador, while the federal swimming coach, Nikos Gemelos, is responsible for the technical direction and design of the swimming routes. Swimming will take place with the assistance of PylosNestor Municipality, the Port Authority of Pylos, Maritime Athletic Pylos Association 'Nestor', Explore Messinia and Aqua Divers Club. At the end of the activities, the Pylos Association of Enterprises for Tourism Development will familiarise the world with traditional Greek cuisine and local products, while a demonstration race will follow with Optimist and Laser boats by the 'Nestor' Association. The event will also offer climbing courses for those staying at The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino, by the certified climbing instructor George Malamas. In particular, on Thursday, 10 September, the mapping of climbing routes for 2016 will be implemented, at the historical Sfaktiria islet that acts as a breakwater for the port of Pylos. On Friday (11/09), Saturday (12/09) and Sunday (13/09), the climbing action is transferred to Navarino Rocks, the indoor climbing wall of Costa Navarino. The climbing Periklis Iakovakis in action. Honeymoon in Greece Singer Peter Andre and Emily MacDonagh took to the Greek islands to celebrate their marriage Greek Australian singer Peter Andre and his wife Emily MacDonagh are enjoying their honeymoon in Greece. The famous 42-year-old singer and his 25-year-old bride were spotted relaxing under the sunshine on a Greek island, while celebrating their recent marriage. The couple were married last month, on July 11, at Mamhead House in Exeter, England, in a traditional ceremony. Andre and MacDonagh, who have an 18-month-old daughter, were featured on the cover of OK magazine, where they are seen having a great time on the beach. ‘It was amazing to have some quality time Climbing in Navarino Rocks for all ages. wall (100 m2) offers a wide range of climbing routes for children and adults, for both beginners and more advanced levels. The professional team, the quality of facilities and the fun atmosphere provide a safe, welcoming and encouraging environment for climbers of all levels. The challenge includes a rich program full of activities for parents and children which includes running, swimming, climbing, tae kwon do, pilates, bike and martial arts. The event is held under the auspices of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of Harokopio University of Athens PHOTO: COSTA NAVARINO. and the Greek National Tourism Organisation, with the support of Costa Navarino and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino as well as the Municipalities of Pylos-Nestor, Trifilia, for a third consecutive year. The ever-innovative Navarino Challenge offers a great range of options to those wishing to register in its activities in addition to the registrations taking place on the official page of the event via viva.gr For more information, head over to www.navarinochallenge. com and www.facebook.com/ events/509478955873290 or call Active Media on +30 210 9343020. with my new wife,’ the magazine cover read. Andre was born in London to Greek Cypriot parents and moved with his family to Australia when he was six years old. The family settled on the Gold Coast in Queensland and Andre quickly rose to fame after becoming a contestant on Hey, Hey It's Saturday, where he was offered a record contract. In September 2005 he got married to glamour model Katie Price after they met on the reality show I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here in early 2004. The couple had two children, Junior and Princess, but they were divorced after three and a half years of marriage. Andre later met MacDonagh, who was a medical student at the time. MacDonagh gave birth to Andre's third child in January 2014. Source: Greek Reporter Peter Andre and Emily MacDonagh. Greek Orthodox falls for a Muslim Alex and Eve debuts at The Delphi Bank 22nd Greek Film Festival After seven years of sold-out shows as a stage play by Alex Lykos, Alex and Eve will finally make it on the big screen at The Delphi Bank 22nd Greek Film Festival, in a film directed by Peter Andikakis. The emotional Sydney-based story, exploring dating in a multicultural landscape and based on the hit stage play by Alex Lykos, follows Alex, a Greek Orthodox man who falls in love with Eve, a Lebanese woman. Alex is expected to marry a good Greek Orthodox girl, whilst Eve is arranged to marry a Lebanese Muslim man, and the pair attempt to stop themselves falling in love. Producer Murray Fahey told The Express it was important to film in an area that depicts what living in the inner west of Sydney is like, thus the story revolves around the suburbs of Lakemba and Canterbury. "In the spirit of Greek comedy films of the 1960s, the film is a comic examination of 'falling in love' and not following your parent's expectations," stressed Peter Andrikidis. "To me it is important to give a voice to all cultures that have migrated to Australia. Australian stories are migrant stories," he continued, saying that his grand-parents and father migrated to Australia in the 1950s and "those customs they had in the 'old country' get 'frozen in time' over the decades, even though those customs have progressed in the country they left". "Following such a successful festival last year, we are excited to be back with a program that is rich in history and culture," said festival chair Nia Karteris. "It is a pleasure to be able to support the talent of our Greek community, which is one of the biggest in the world, whilst celebrating Australia's cultural diversity." The Delphi Bank 22nd Greek Film Festival kicks off on 14 October 2015. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM.
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