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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 April 2019
SPORT 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Basketball legend Nick Galis at the 7th Navarino Challenge For the 7th consecutive year, Navarino Challenge, the annual celebration of sports, comes to Messinia and Costa Navarino from 11 to 13 October, 2019. Greek basketball legend Nick Galis, the first Greek basketball player to have joined the Hall of Fame, and to have been counted among the pantheon of world basketball greats, will be present at the award-winning event for the first time. Emphasising the role of sports in bringing people together, Mr Galis pointed out: “Sport unites people. Sport unites nations. Sampanis celebrating another medal. PHOTO: FACEBOOK Newcomer karate champ in Oceania Newcomer athlete Marianna Sampanis is representing Oceania at the 20th Senior Oceania Karate Championships which kicked off in Sydney on 12 April. Seventeen-year-old Sampanis is competing in the Women's Category. Although so young, the newly-arrived Greek Australian has already accomplished so much. It was only a year ago, last March, when she got first place at the Juniors Female Kata Individuals (16-17 years) and second place in the Seniors Female Kata Individuals 18+ category, making both Greece and Australia proud with a gold and silver medal re- spectively. In April 2018 she took first place at the AKF National karate championships in Australia, becoming the nation's 'Golden' karate girl.Sampanis has been living in Australia for four years now, after migrating with her family to pursue her career in the sport she loves. The young champion told Neos Kosmos that she is extremely happy to have been selected by the Australian Karate Federation adding that "after a very tough play-off, fighting amongst distinguished Australian karateka, I managed to become one of the two female athletes that will have the honour to represent our country at the 20th Senior Oceania Karate Championships and I definitely feel that my hard work and persistence have finally been fruitful". "The games will certainly not be easy since I will be competing against the best athletes in Oceania in the woman's category." "However, I have had a strong preparation and I'm at the best shape I've ever been. No matter what happens, I will have earned one more unforgettable experience and I hope that I can successfully represent our country and ensure we see its flag go up on the podium." “The Navarino Challenge brings together professional and amateur athletes, people of different ages, genders and skills. It creates friendships and special bonds between participants who all speak the same language, that of sports. As a society, we have to send the message that sports unites people - #sportsunitespeople - but to also give young children core ethical values through sport. Costa Navarino and Navarino Challenge are pioneers in promoting this idea and I will contribute to spreading the message with great pleasure”. Mr Galis will be the guest of honour at this year’s event and will be the one to tip off the 4on4 tournament at Costa Navarino. Participants who book their accommodation package at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino will, for the first time this year, have the opportunity to form their own championship team and compete in the tournament until the finals. BASKETBALL CLINIC WITH JOE ARLAUCKAS Basketball will be the sport of honour with Euroleague legend Joe Arlauckas leading basketball lessons for children aged between 5 and 17. FREE PARTICIPATION IN THE AUTHENTIC MARATHON OF ATHENS FOR THE FIRST 50 The first 50 to book a package at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino will earn free participation in the Athens Authentic Marathon’s 5km race on 10 November, 2019. With the Greek Basketball legend Nick Galis will be present at the 7th Navarino Challenge. Basketball clinic for the first time with Joe Arlauckas. PHOTO: MIKE TSOLIS main goal of promoting sport and fair play through its message “sport unites people”, Navarino Challenge will include more than 10 Olympic sports and numerous activities for everyone in its programme. Navarino Challenge participants who’ve booked their accommodation package at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and choose to take part in the main activities (running, swimming) can also enjoy all the other event activities. More information on accommodation packages can be found at the following website of: http://www.navarinochal- lenge.com/accommodationpackages-2019 Runners and swimmers can act immediately to take advantage of the early bird offer by registering to a 30 per cent discount until 31 May (children’s participation is free of charge). Entries for the award-winning sporting event are underway and interested parties can take part by completing the special form available at: http://activemedia. com.gr/product/navarinochallenge-2019/. Pre-sale is also available online via www.viva.gr or by phone at 11876 as well as at all Viva pre-sale points.
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