Jordy Smith: world surfing champ

first_img26 October 2006South Africa collected five medals to finish fourth out of 33 countries at the 2006 ISA World Surfing Games at Huntington Beach in California on the weekend, with Jordy Smith scoring a sensational victory in the men’s open division.Smith wasn’t South Africa’s only gold medal medal winner, either, with Matthew Moir emerging victorious in the longboard division.Rosanne Hodge secured a bronze in women’s competition, while the SA tag team picked up bronze behind Australia and Brazil.The team’s performance saw them being awarded the copper medal in the team event, with Australia winning for a record eighth time, followed by Brazil and the US.The stuff of legendSmith’s victory was the stuff of legend. Previously he had won the under-16 world title in 2003, and finished second in the under-18 division earlier this year in Brazil. At Huntington Beach, he was forced into the repechage rounds on the first day, where one slip would mean elimination.However, he fought his way through an incredible 10 rounds of competition, eliminating 2001 world champion CJ Hobgood along the way, as well as a number of World Championship Tour competitors.By the time it came to the final, there was no stopping Smith. Turning on the style, he crushed the challenges of Luke Stedman, Pat O’Connell and Armando Daltro with a high-flying display.“I’m really happy that I could do this for South Africa, my sponsors, all my friends and for myself,” Smith said afterwards. “It’s crazy to win a gold medal, it’s something you always dream of.”Dominating longboard victoryMoir’s gold in the longboard event was achieved with far greater ease as he dominated the competition from the start. Starting on the opening day, he recorded the highest scores, and from then on, through four rounds, he won by record scores each time out.Hodge had no problems reaching the qualifying final of the women’s event, but once there she managed only a third-place finish, which meant she would have to go through a repechage round to reach the grand final.Showing excellent poise and determination, she held off a strong challenge from two Australians to advance with the USA’s Julia Christian to the main event.In the final, Christian pulled off a home victory, narrowly ahead of Jacqueline Silva of Brazil, with Hodge finishing in third. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Career Opportunity: Director of Strategic Partnerships and Nationwide Services

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking a director of strategic partnerships who has a proven track record in creating and managing key relationships that will increase the visibility and brand of the organization. The candidate will strategize, develop and lead efforts in creating partnership activities for the organization. A bachelor’s degree in business, agriculture, agriculture business, communications, agricultural communications, marketing or related field is desired. Must have excellent networking skills, strong project management abilities, outstanding communication skills both verbal and written and solid sales and financial management skills. Experience in a membership association and nonprofit environment and a passion for agriculture are preferred. Competitive salary and benefits package offered.Please respond with a cover letter and resumé by email to [email protected].Deadline to apply: Sept. 20, 2019Primary Duties:1. Implement new and grow existing partnerships.2. Strategize, develop and direct effective partnership activities for the organization.3. Lead efforts, designated by the VP of Strategic Partnerships, related to growing the OFBF and Nationwide relationship including:Working with the senior consultant, business development for Nationwide Sponsor Relations; business development field director for OFBF; organization directors; Nationwide agents and more to develop mutually beneficial business opportunities.Strengthen relationships between Nationwide agents and associates and Farm Bureau programs that enhance sales.Develop membership and Nationwide sales opportunities.Assist in Land as Your Legacy programming.Develop strategies to expand Nationwide’s financial and commercial product and service portfolio within Farm Bureau membership base.Work with organization directors and county leadership to promote Nationwide partnership, products and services.4. Lead efforts, designated by the VP Strategic Partnerships, to grow additional existing partnerships and develop new partnership opportunities, including assisting in the identification of potential partnerships, benefit needs of relevant stakeholders and new market opportunities.5. Champion and manage new projects to create stronger partnerships.6. Manage the relationship, as directed by VP Strategic Partnerships, with members and vendors to build the brand and business.7. Collaborate within and outside the organization as needed to devise strategies and tactics for developing and growing partnerships. Liaise with partners to solve issues and communicate needs.8. Contribute to Ohio Farm Bureau media efforts as needed.9. Manage internal workflow, track revenue and expenses, track project performance, meet budgetary objectives and report to management and as directed.10. Build and maintain key contacts across the food, agriculture, business, education, political landscapes and more.11. Daily monitoring of actions of key partners and sharing content with key staff and leaders.12. Identify and prepare coworkers and members for specific events/activities.13. Plan/carryout special events.14. Collaborate with counterparts in other ag groups, state Farm Bureaus and American Farm Bureau.15. Prepare materials, communications, reports and more related to growing and maintaining strategic partnerships.Additional Duties: •    Other assignments as assigned by the Vice President of Strategic PartnershipsMINIMUM EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS –    Bachelor’s degree in business, agriculture, agriculture business, communications, agricultural communication, marketing or related fieldMINIMUM SKILL QUALIFICATIONS –    Strong networking skills –    Strong ability to communicate and develop professional relationships with a wide variety of current and potential organizational partners and members –    Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills including verbal and written, attention to detail and multitasking skills –    Strong ability to communicate on agricultural topics including (but not limited to) agricultural business, agricultural production, policy, economics, food issues, science, social issues, environmental issues –    Strong sales, project management, business, budgeting and financial management skills with a track record of successPREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS –    Minimum of five (5) years experience in a related position –    Ability to manage budgets –    Goal orientedAbout Ohio Farm BureauMission – Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots membership organization that supports programs that ensure the growth of Ohio food and farms, such as advocating for good government policy, developing opportunities for young farmers, providing student scholarships and grants, supporting Ohio food efforts, creating food literacy programs for kids, hosting community building events and funding efforts to protect the environment, water quality, farmland preservation and more.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Roddick out, Federer sets major mark at Australian Open

first_imgDefending champion Roger Federer matched a Grand Slam record which magnifies his extraordinary consistency over eight years, while Francesca Schiavone established a record for endurance in a women’s singles match.Day 7 at Melbourne Park was a day of record marks for the majors.Roger Federer returns to Tommy Robredo during their fourth round match at the Australian Open on Sunday. APFederer equalled Jimmy Connors’ mark for consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals appearances when he beat Tommy Robredo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday. The 16-time Grand Slam winner has now reached the quarterfinals at 27 majors in a row since 2004.He’ll next play Stanislas Wawrinka in the first all-Swiss quarterfinal at a major in the Open era. Wawrinka had a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Andy Roddick in the last match Sunday, meaning there’ll be no Americans in the men’s or women’s quarterfinals.”Obviously wasn’t the showing that we wanted, you know, but I’m doing what I can,” said Roddick, who said Wawrinka completely outplayed him. He planned to book a flight home first thing Monday.On the women’s side, French Open champion Schiavone established a Grand Slam record, needing 4 hours, 44 minutes for her 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 fourth-round win over Svetlana Kuznetsova.Schiavone saved six match points, then converted on her third match point in the longest women’s match at a major in terms of time in the Open era. The previous record was set here last year when Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova beat Regina Kulikova 7-6 (5), 6-7 (10), 6-3 in a match lasting 4:19.The 30-year-old Italian battled exhaustion but, “at the end, you have something more, always.”advertisement”Was for me, fantastic,” she said. “When you’re in a situation like this, every point is like a match point. You have to keep going. You know that physically you’re tired. Mentally just keep going.”Kuznetsova said the match was so long she was forgetting the score or who should serve.Schiavone said it wasn’t quite that bad for her, “but I was watching the clock, and I say – ‘Bravo, Francesca, you are tough!'”Schiavone will meet top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals.Shortly after, 2008 champion Maria Sharapova lost 6-2, 6-3 to Andrea Petkovic, who had a relatively easy run into the fourth round when Venus Williams – the last American in the women’s draw – retired after just four minutes in their third-round match. Sharapova attributed her loss to just a “bad day in the office.” She took one positive – it was better than her first-round exit last year.Petkovic will now take on China’s Li Na, a semifinalist here last year, in the quarterfinals.Federer didn’t concede a point on his serve in the first set, but had a lapse in the second when Robredo’s serve was dominant and he took a set off Federer for only the third time in 10 matches.Federer, seeking a fifth Australian title, regained control in the third set and dominated after getting an early break to lead 2-0.”It’s a lot of hard work. I’m sweating bullets right now,” he said. “I’m excited to be in the next round.”He admitted he’d had a tough first week, including a five-set win over Gilles Simon.”I’m in another quarterfinal. Got all the chances to make it to the semis again,” Federer said, “so I’m very pleased.”Connors reached the quarterfinals in 27 consecutive majors he entered between 1973 to 1983 – although he missed 13 Grand Slam tournaments during that period of time either through injury or because he didn’t travel to Australia.No. 3-ranked Novak Djokovic is aiming for his second Australian crown. The 2008 champion advanced to the quarterfinals for the 13th time in the last 15 majors with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 win over No. 14 Nicolas Almagro and will next play last year’s Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, who beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.Wozniacki moved into the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Anastasija Sevastova and is just one victory from ensuring she’ll retain the top ranking.The 20-year-old Dane, playing her first major as world No. 1, can keep her top ranking with an appearance in the semis.The questions about Wozniacki’s worthiness of the top ranking are starting to diminish. Asked which player she feared most, she said: “I don’t fear anyone actually.””I’m feeling confident. I feel like I can beat anyone on a good day. I think they have to fear me when they’re playing me,” she said. “I just go out there and do my best. If they’re better than me that day, it’s just too good.”advertisementWozniacki lost three of the first four games of the match before reeling off six in a row to take control.She now has reached the quarterfinals at all four majors, and she’s navigated some troublesome ground. According to the WTA, only one of the last five women to be ranked No. 1 went beyond the first round in the first major they played with the top ranking.She also steered herself in and out of trouble after telling a false story in a post-match news conference about being scratched by a kangaroo.After her match, she described an up-close encounter with a baby kangaroo that had scarred her.She said she tried to pet the kangaroo and it scratched her, and noted she had seen a doctor and rejected advice to get stitches.But she later tweeted: “Round 2 with the media:) hope you enjoyed my kangaroo story, hope you know i was just kidding:) see you on tuesday for round 3!”She later returned to Melbourne Park to clarify she’d made up the story and to apologize, saying she didn’t think anyone would believe it.last_img read more