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Peak pledges support for Para Powerlifting World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Shareholders of FrieslandCampina WAMCO approve N7.02 dividend Paralympians assure of making good use of newly-renovated gym at National Stadium in Lagos Peak, the flagship brand of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, has restated its commitment to Nigeria’s para powerlifters ahead of next February’s Road to Tokyo Para Powerlifting World Cup in Abuja.The Official Milk of Abuja 2020, as the three-day competition is called, Peak said it believed in the indomitable spirit of the athletes who have risen above their physical challenge to do the nation proud in global tournaments.According to the Marketing Director of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, Chris Wulff-Caesar, the Nigerian athletes have richly earned the tag “Unstoppable” by surmounting all odds to win several laurels at international competitions.Wulff-Caesar further said: “Peak conceived and campaigned the ‘Unstoppable’ concept, which was driven by the realisation that as challenging as their current situation might be, the para powerlifting athletes remain optimistic about their dreams and aspirations.“We called them the ‘Unstoppable’ because they dared the odds and confronted their disability to excel where only the strong can survive.“We are glad that they justified our expectations and they are now well known globally as ‘the Unstoppable!’”He explained that the “Unstoppable” initiative aligns with the global philosophy of Royal FrieslandCampina and the brand essence of Peak, and the parent company believed that it had provided a template for multinationals to emulate.Wulff-Caesar assured the Chief Host of Abuja 2020 Para Powerlifting Road Tokyo World Cup, who is also Nigeria’s First Lady, Hajia Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, that Peak would throw its weight behind the successful hosting of the Games, and also support the Nigerian continent to Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics.He encouraged the athletes, coaches and administrators to make the best possible use of the opportunity of representing the country at global tournaments.“FrieslandCampina WAMCO is inspired by the feats Nigeria’s para powerlifters have achieved at global competitions over the years, which have justified the partnership we struck with the Nigeria Para Powerlifting Federation three years ago,” the Marketing Director stated, adding: “The athletes have demonstrated that Peak milk has indeed lived true to its brand promise of enabling all Nigerians to reach their Peak. We will continue in that stride to nourish all Nigerians with quality dairy nutrition, for which we have become reputed since 1954.”Since it struck partnership with the Nigeria Para Powerlifting Federation in December 2016, Peak has boosted the morale of the athletes.It renovated a world-class power gym and provided the best nutrition for the athletes.In addition, the brand also created the platform to expand the “Unstoppable” narrative by exploiting the Unstoppable Videos, social media platforms and Ted ex, among other tools.Peak supported the Lagos 2019 International Para Powerlifting Championship by donating IPC certified bus – the first of its kind in Nigeria – to the Federation, among other gestures.The unveiling of Abuja 2020 athletes last Thursday night was presided over by the wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo.The event marked the formal constitution of the Main Organising Committee, which is headed by the First Lady, as well as the Mascot and the clothing line for the Games.Hajia Buhari charged the organisers to pull all the stops to ensure a successful event as athletes, officials and guests would be coming from Europe, the Americas and Africa to converge in Abuja.The President of the Nigeria Para Power Lifting Federation, Queen Idris, explained that the choice of the First Lady to host the event was deliberate, given her commitment to the cause of vulnerable Nigerians.Idris said since most of the team members are also female, they are inspired by her involvement.Tags: FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plcisha Muhammadu BuhariPara Powerlifting World CupPeaklast_img read more

Bayern favourites to win Champions League, says Berbatov

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Dimitar Berbatov has backed Bayern Munich to lift the Champions League trophy for a sixth time this season.Berbatov said the German club could have an advantage if the competition resumed after the COVID-19 stoppage due to the Bundesliga’s earlier re-start. “Looking at this year’s Champions League, I am now leaning more toward Bayern Munich to win it, if it goes ahead,” the former Manchester United striker told Betfair.Bayern thrashed Chelsea 3-0 in their Champions League last 16, first-leg match in February, but the return game was postponed due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic.Berbatov said: “Maybe because I am watching a lot of Bundesliga, but they always impress with quality football and they have some great players.“The way they dismantled Chelsea in that last match was unbelievable, they did it with such ease.”The 39-year-old Bulgarian, his country’s all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, also played for Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in the English top flight as well as German club Bayer Leverkusen and AS Monaco in France. “I am not sure how the stoppage will affect everybody, but Bayern Munich may have a slight advantage because they are playing football now and they are getting their match sharpness back, I will not be surprised if they are now the favourites,” he said.Bayern moved closer to a record-extending 30th German league title with a 5-0 drubbing of struggling Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Bayern MunichDimitar BerbatovFavouritesUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Badgers roll past Crusaders in twinbill

first_imgThe Wisconsin softball team’s doubleheader against Valparaiso (11-40-1) Tuesday saw two UW records fall as the Badgers (27-21) wiped the slate with a clearly outmatched Crusader squad.In the second game of the twin bill, Karen Gallagher’s squad turned in a record-setting performance at the plate. When the dust settled, the Badgers had hit five homeruns, eclipsing the UW record of four, set against North Dakota State April 18.But that did not prevent the Crusaders from giving Wisconsin a little scare. Both pitchers cruised through the first inning, each retiring the first three batters they faced. But in the top of the second, Badger pitcher Katie Layne ran into some trouble.Crusader third baseman Taylor Callahan chopped a grounder to Kris Zacher at shortstop, who bobbled the ball before sending a late throw to first. Boo Gillette then fielded a bunt by the next batter, but her throw was late getting to second. With two runners on, the Crusaders bunted again. This time the throw was bobbled at first, and two lead runners came around to score, putting Wisconsin in an early 2-0 hole.The Badgers were quick to respond to the Crusader threat. Daniels popped up a ball that should have been caught by Valparaiso second baseman Alicia Ashburn, but the freshman was unable to make the play and Daniels reached safely. Anastasia Miller took her cue and rocked a Chris Halstead pitch over the left-field fence to tie the game. Natalie Phillips followed that immediately with a homer of her own, her first of the season, and the Badgers took the lead 3-2.Layne cruised through the top of the third inning, and the Badgers again took advantage. With Gillette on base, Daniels doubled to center. A Miller fly out scored Gillette from third, and Phillips came to the plate. She sent yet another ball over the fence in left field for her second homerun of the game — after going homerless all season. The round trip gave the Badgers a 6-2 lead, one they would not relinquish.“Those were my first two homers all year,” Phillips said. “They might as well come at the same time.”In the Wisconsin half of the fourth, another Badger got her first homer of the season. Athena Vasquez, whose bat has come alive of late, went deep to center field to put the Badgers ahead 7-2. The long ball was only the third of her career.“I was feeling it the whole game,” Vasquez said. “I just put my body into it. I wasn’t just hitting with my hands.”Layne settled into her game with the comfortable lead her team had built for her in the third inning, and she went the distance, giving up only two hits and two runs on the night.The Badger bats lay dormant for an inning until the bottom of the sixth, when Zacher sent a frozen rope to center field that cleared the fence by at least 10 feet with two runners on base. The homer ended the game early by way of the mercy rule and broke the team record for homeruns in a game.Also breaking a UW record in the game was Miller, who got her 35th RBI of the season, breaking Gillette’s single-season mark set a year ago.“I don’t really go up there thinking about stats,” Miller said. “I don’t know my batting average or anything like that. I just go up and try to move the runners when they need to be moved.”The top half of the twin bill was a blowout. The Badgers lit up the scoreboard, putting the match out of reach early.In the first inning, Wisconsin quickly loaded the bases on Halstead. After catcher Boo Gillette popped out, Halstead walked Joey Daniels, scoring Zacher. Later in the inning, a fly out from Miller scored Sam Polito.The second inning only got better for Wisconsin. The Crusaders made their first pitching change of the game after the Badgers loaded the bases, opting for senior Brittany Atteberry. She fared no better than Halstead, as the Badgers scored three more runs to go up 5-0.The Badgers broke it open in the third, as Gallagher’s squad piled on the runs. The Badgers scored six runs on four hits, including a triple by Daniels. It wasn’t until the Crusaders’ second pitching change of the game that the Badger bats began to settle down.Meanwhile, Eden Brock was pitching a gem. The UW ace was perfect through three innings until Megan Carroll broke through in the fourth with a bloop over first base that just tipped off the end of the glove of second baseman Kaitlin Reiss.The Crusaders broke up the shutout when Emily Tkaczyk singled to left to score Carroll. But with the lead already 11-1, the Crusaders didn’t have enough to make a comeback. The game ended by way of the mercy rule in the top of the fifth inning.Brock gave up only one run in the game on four hits, with six strikeouts and no walks.last_img read more