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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 May 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 MAY 2016 25 SPORT When the Levee Breaks Two Greeks spearhead a documentary production on the rise of women’s football NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU Greek Australian filmmaker and coach Dean Georgio, along with videographer Paul Zarogiannis, are codirecting the next filming project on women's football, a non-profit production undertaken by Gold Leaf Creative. The project has received support and accreditation from Football Federation Victoria (FFV) as well as the support of Football Federation Australia (FFA). When the Levee Breaks will follow the U13 Girls Victorian State team during this year's season, playing in the Victorian National Premier League competition boys league until the October 2016 finals. In this team there are six Greek girls who play football at the highest level in Victoria and will be part of this documentary: Miette Georgio, Betti Michael, Kiara Hronopoulos, Sophie Papatsanis, Paige Zois and Nia Stamatopoulos. The project appears to align well with recent marketing values and campaigns for women and #equalfuture and with the mindset of creating a wave of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles for women. "The drive behind this venture is Doctors warn Olympic Games should be moved With Brazil the epicentre of the Zika virus outbreak, several world-class athletes and Olympians are voicing their concerns over the 2016 Rio Olympics. Doctors warn that such a gathering of people in Rio could have devastating worldwide consequences while the Zika infection continues to spread. The infection, known for causing microcephaly and other abnormalities in newborns, is extremely difficult to detect in adults. In a report written by Dr Amir Attaran for the Harvard Public Health Review, staging the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro could lead to a "fullblown global health disaster". "In particular, it cannot possibly help when an estimated 500,000 foreign tourists flock into Rio for the Games, potentially becoming infected, and returning to their homes where both local Aedes mosquitoes and sexual transmission can establish new outbreaks," Dr Attaran warns. "All it takes is one infected traveller: indeed, phylogenetic and molecular clock analyses establish that Brazil's cataclysmic outbreak stems from a single viral introduction event, likely between May and December 2013. A few viral introductions of that kind, in a few countries, or maybe continents, would make a fullblown global health disaster." Fewer than 100 days are left until the Games' opening ceremony, which leaves the athletes with little time to decide if participating is a risk worth taking. my passion and support for women's football as an avid and passionate supporter of the sport," Dean Georgio tells Neos Kosmos. "A few years ago while coaching I decided to film an U11 girls team to create a mini-documentary. The project remained unfinished due to my work commitments, however, my daughter Miette, aged 12, also an avid filmmaker, used the video files to create her own version of how she viewed women's football and the hurdles the girls face to play the game they love." The widespread positive attention and feedback, ranging from a Melbourne newspaper to many footballing identities, spawned the vision of Georgio's next project, When the Levee Breaks. Highlight the commitment of the girls and their families, the coaches and staff at the FFV, the aim is to promote women's football, equality and the benefits of being active and healthy through playing sport. The U13 girls squad consists of footballing talent identified and handpicked from around Victoria and will document the trials and tribulations of girls playing at the highest level within their age group even against boys. "There is a need for the mindset to change in Australia when it comes to equality and girls getting a fair go," Georgio points out. "It is worth mentioning that some of the girls travel up to six hours per day to attend training sessions, which is a small indication of the determination and love they have for football." "We want this documentary, that will portray confident, successful young girls working towards creating the female footballer of the future, to inspire women," he explains. With the support of the FFV and FFA, the project will also include interviews and participation from well-known footballing identities. It will be designed to further enhance the profile of women's football, which has gained attention recently from the success of the national women's team the Matildas’ qualification for the Rio Olympics and quest for equal pay. A promotional video of this project can be seen on www.vimeo. com/164229398. To watch the previous documentary go to www.vimeo. com/152125706. Kyrgios at risk of being left out The Aussie set to face Rome multi-champion Rafael Nadal to qualify in the quarter-finals Nick Kyrgios sealed his second-round performance at the Rome International, beating world number 10 Milos Raonic by 7-6, (7/5), 6-3. He comfortably prevailed throughout the match and will now face seven-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal, who defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-3 in his third-round match. Roger Federer, on the other hand, marked an easy 6-3, 7-5 win over Alexander Zverev. Meanwhile, Australian Olympic chef de mission Kitty Chiller took direct aim at Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic's short-fuse tempers ahead of the qualifiers to represent Australia in August at the Rio Olympics. "Every athlete is under the microscope now. There are a few athletes that are on watch and those two names are among them," she said. "It [this behaviour] goes against every ... value that all the Olympians live by, it goes against everything that we've been trying to build in this team. I would not want to see any of our Olympic team members behave in that way." In response, Tomic pulled out of his next match within minutes, later stating he would rather compete in a regional Mexico tournament in August than represent Australia at the Olympics. Kyrgios did not leave Ms Chiller without a response either, according to AP. "I mean, if you don't want to pick me or Bernard, you know, there are plenty of others you can pick to represent your country as well. "If you don't want two of the best players in Australia to represent your country, so be it," he said. Kyrgios celebrates a point in Rome. PHOTO: DENNIS GROMBKOWSKI/ GETTY IMAGES.
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