It’s beginning to get hot and it’s time to get sweaty and exercise. Soccer is coming up for Hope Town kids on Tuesdays at 5pm. Sports are important to play because they are good for your health, it is fun, and people who learn a sport can teach others. Track and Field is for running and some Hope Town kids will participate in that event. Time to get out there, get sweaty, and go to the gym! Plus you can play sports with friends, games, and family members.
Information on Soccer: to play soccer with us you need to be 6-12 and you need a consent form with $10.00 dollars attached. The coaches are coach Pete and coach Neil. Thank you for teaching us to be better soccer players.
This past Sunday the Hope Town Bull Sharks and The Makos won the Flag Football National Championship of the Bahamas! Abaco took first in every division; the peewees, the juniors, and even the seniors won their games! The peewee’s game was super close and the junior’s was a mercy rule, which is when a team is losing so badly that they get the ball at the other team’s five yard line! The seniors game was even pretty close too! Abaco got a very joyful welcome when they got home to the Marsh Harbour airport, with people holding signs, clapping and cheering! I can’t wait to see what happens next year!
Every year on the third Thursday of November, we have a fun competition called the Turtle Trot. This is when athletes young and old compete to see who will the race. There is a three mile race for adults and some kids and a school race for children. Our Trot is only one mile but it is still a great workout. It is much like the American Turkey Trot which is mostly the same. Though it is a competition we still strive to do our personal best and have a great time. I challenge you to push yourself to the limits and race this Thursday!
All the money in the 3 mile race goes to Friends Of The Environment!!!
This Saturday we’re having a game BullSharks vs Wildhawgs and Falcons. The game is taking place in Marsh Harbour. I feel exited to play another game against the Wildhawgs but scared to face the Falcons because they trashed us and made us lose hope in the last face-off. But now I’m ready and as tough as a lion! And ready as a bird! Still we always need practice -that makes perfect.
A while back I talked about Alex Honnold, and a week after I made that report Alex soloed a route called Free Rider on El Cap in Yosemite National Park. He was the first to do so in history. This route is 3000 ft high and is almost fully vertical. It wasn’t an easy feat, it took days of preparation and a ton of courage. Alex has been quoted saying that he goes to the mountain every year but most years he says he just doesn’t feel right. As he comes back year after year, Alex finally felt perfect, so he climbed it. After the climb he did something that was really amazing, he hang boarded. Hang Boarding is when a climber hangs on his or hers finger tips for as much as 10 minutes. At the top of the climb he immediately took his shoes off and admired the view. I don’t think this will be topped for years to come.
Last week I participated in the Opti Nationals. It was held at a resort in Grand Bahama. 79 sailors raced to be the greatest in the Bahamas. There were 4 fleets. One was green, a white, blue, and red fleet. Green was the youngest and red was the oldest. Champion fleet was divided into white, blue, and red color groups. There were 32 people in the whole champion fleet. I was in the blue fleet. The winner was 12 years old and was from The Cayman Islands. We became friends and helped each other by setting our sails and with racing strategies. I placed 16th and felt fine with that place.
At the resort they had a water slide which was exiting, but they turned it off a 4:30pm which was when we got off the water. Still it was a cool trip and I will be excited next year. This Is The Resort We stayed At.
American Alex Honnold is 32 years old. He is the greatest free solo climber in the world. He is living in just a van and he has all the climbing gear and food he needs. He travels in his van to different mountain ranges and climbs them. He climbs many 90 degree walls -just him and the wall. There are no nets, no ropes, no helmet, and no protection if he falls. He also is a publisher of the book Alone On The Wall. He is very humble and has made many speed records. He climbs for fun and has no intentions of stopping until he loses the love for it.
He inspires me and causes me to want to climb. This summer I am going to try climb Mt. Katahdin, the tallest mountain in Maine. I really recommend you read his book.
Here are some of the mountains he has climbed.
- Nose of El Capitan: Speed record with Hans Florine on June 17, 2012. Time: 2:23:51
- Solo of Half Dome in 1 hour, 22 minutes. May 2012.
- Freerider in Yosemite Valley in one day in May 2007 when he was 21 years old.
- Solo of Yosemite Triple Crown — Mt. Watkins, El Capitan, and Half Dome – in 18 hours, 50 minutes ; free soloing 90% of the link-up.
- Free solo of Astroman and Rostrum in Yosemite Valley in one day in September 2007, becoming the second person after Peter Croft (1987) to do so.
- Free solo of the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome on 6 September 2008.
- Free solo of Zion’s Moonlight Buttress on 1 April 2008.
- Bushido and Hong Kong Phooey, in Utah, between 9 and 11 March 2008.
- El Potrero Chico
- Free-soloed the Grade V big-wall route El Sendero Luminoso (5.12d) in El Potrero Chico, Mexico. The climb rises 1,750 feet up the limestone face of El Toro (The Bull), and sports 15 pitches—11 of which are rated 5.12. Honnold climbed the route in a mere three hours.
- Free solo of Squamish‘s University Wall. He is the first person to completely free solo this wall.
- The Green Mile: 8c+(5.14c). Alex Honnold’s most difficult sport climb on a rope at the Jailhouse crag near San Francisco.
- Free solo of Heaven (5.12d) and Cosmic Debris (5.13b) in 2014 in Yosemite National Park
- Free solo of The Phoenix, the USA’s first 5.13a.
- Repeats of Parthian Shot, New Statesman, Meshuga (solo), an on-sight of Gaia (and subsequently repeated it solo), and an on-sight solo of London Wall during a trip to England at the end of 2008.
- First ascents of The Rainbow Arch (5.12+, top-roped) and multiple small towers (free solo) in the Ennedi Desert, Chad, in 2010.
Information found on Wikipedia.
The Hope Town Abaco Swim Meet is coming in up in less than two weeks. The majority of Abaco schools like Agape are going to compete. I am going compete and a bunch of my classmates are going to the meet. I get really nervous when I’m about to start my race. When the race is over I feel relieved and very, very tired. We have a high chance of winning this year since most of the winning swimmers are in seventh grade now. Hope you can make it at the Hope Town Abaco community pool on the 26 of May, 2017.
In the past week, many people went to the West End Junior Sailing Regatta. People came from Nassau, Grand Bahama, Abaco, and other islands around the Bahamas. It was windy and easy to capsize if you weren’t paying attention. There was a Green Fleet, Champion Fleet, and some FJs. There were four races. It was an exciting two days and I would recommend you try to go next year, either as a sailor or a spectator.
I also got to go with Mr. Keith Cooper to see some Rays, and I also saw a lemon shark! It was such a great weekend.
Usain Bolt, or the fastest man alive, grew up in Jamaica. He was very talented at running for a young boy. Bolt enjoyed running more than anything else. He went to many national races and then began running in international events. He broke the 100m world record with 9.58 seconds in Berlin in the year 2009, and in that same Olympics he broke the 200m world record with 19.19 seconds. Though he didn’t win everything. Bolt trained for a whole year for one race, and was disappointed with the outcome. The committee changed the rule that year that if you false start once you don’t get a second chance. Bolt lined up. Bang! It was a false start on Bolt and he was disqualified! Now let’s fast forward to his last race. Bolt did amazing and won first, but he didn’t get the world record. He really wanted it but he wasn’t mad.
After a long and successful career, he recently retired. I like that he never gave up even though he hurt his leg badly one year and another year he was disqualified and couldn’t race.