“Sport is a great conversation opener and human-experience opener that puts us eye to eye”
For over 15 years, Canadian swimmer Mark Tewksbury has been using his success as an Olympian to fight against discrimination and defend gay rights in the sporting world. He is one of many inspirational athletes who, in the lead-up to the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on 6 April, illustrates how sport can be a tool for social change contributing to a better world.
“For me the conflict was really basic, really human, like I want to be accepted,” explains the retired athlete, who won gold at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992. “I wanted to do something that is my livelihood and I was afraid if I was simply honest about who I am, all of that would be taken away.”
WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 6: Australia, Brazil, USA go 1-2-3
Even without its head coach, Australia took gold over Brazil, 9-6, in the final day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California. Elvis Fatovic was ejected one night earlier in the semifinal shootout against the US, but the Aussie defense was unstoppable on Saturday and stymied a thrilling fourth-quarter rally from the 2016 Olympic host.
In the earlier matches, the US trounced China for the bronze medal, 19-7. Japan defeated Kazakhstan, 15-12, for fifth place by building a comfortable lead early in the game. And Canada routed Argentina, 18-5, to earn seventh place in an epic mismatch that no one had expected to see at the end of group play.
WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 5: Australia wins shootout, will face Brazil in final
Day 5 at the FINA WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California, was riveting, tension-filled – perhaps even ulcer-inducing – because three of the four games (including both semifinals) were tied late in the fourth quarter.
One went to a shootout. (Australia beat the US, 17-16, on the final save to advance to the championship game.) Another came down to the last second. (Japan beat Canada, 11-10, when Keigo Okawa whipped in a time-expiring goal that rendered the Canadian coach speechless and his players distraught.) And another saw a rookie mistake lead to a game-winning penalty shot in the final 1:10 (as Brazil beat China 14-12 to advance to Saturday’s final).
WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 4: Brazil, USA, China, Australia make Semis
A major upset came early as eight teams battled for semifinal berths on Day 4 of the FINA Men’s World League Intercontinental tournament in Newport Beach, California.
In what should have been a lopsided quarterfinal between China (who hadn’t won a game) and Canada (who hadn’t lost one), China took a massive 6-1 lead in the first period and defeated the North Americans, 11-10. The upset not only set up China’s semifinal meeting with Brazil (who beat Japan 11-8), but it also gave China automatic entry into the FINA World League Super Final in Italy in late June.
WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 3: Group play ends, quarterfinals set
Day 3 at the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California, was crucial because it set up Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Although the tournament concludes on Saturday, the teams that win on Thursday will automatically advance to the FINA World League Super Final in Bergamo, Italy, from June 23-28.
In Group A, Canada earned the top ranking with a 20-10 victory over Japan to remain undefeated. The US ranked No. 2 after beating Argentina, 19-8, in group play despite a tight first period. That left Japan ranked third with one victory and two losses. Argentina, in fourth, had three losses.
WPWL Men's Intercontinental Tourn., Day 2: Canada and Australia stay undefeated; the U.S. and Brazil also win
On Day 2 of the FINA Men’s Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California, Canada blew out Argentina, 15-6, to remain undefeated. Australia also beat Kazakhstan, 13-7, to maintain its perfect winning record in the competition.
Meanwhile, Brazil and the US earned their first victories. Brazil beat China, 12-9, and led from start to finish. China had 12 chances to score with a man advantage – and did so seven times – but it wasn’t enough to catch the 2016 Olympic host. The US also found its rhythm to beat Japan, 10-6 (after losing to Canada on Monday) – in a duel of opposing styles.
WPWL Men's Intercontinental Tourn., Day 1: Australia, Kazakhstan, Japan, Canada win opening matches
Eight nations from three continents produced high drama in the opening night of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament at Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California. With an average of 21 goals scored per game, and all four games sandwiched back to back (with a colourful yet concise Opening Ceremony after the third match) the action never seemed to ebb.
The night began with the back-and-forth domination of Australia and Brazil (in a match that Australia ultimately won, 13-10) and ended when a young U.S. team barely fell to Canada 10-9. In between, Kazakhstan topped China 10-9, and Japan overtook Argentina 14-9.
DWS 2015, Dubai Day 3: Qiu Bo (CHN) back on top
The final competition session of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Dubai (UAE) on March 21, 2015 was a breath-taking master class in diving, with the men’s 10m platform final field featuring every medallist from the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2013 FINA World Championships. The line up more than lived up to their reputation too, offering up a truly spectacular display of world class diving, including five perfect dives, three from World champion Qiu Bo, and one each from Tom Daley and Jian Yang.
Over 2'000 people flocked to the Hamdan Sports Complex for the highly anticipated event and to see the world’s best in action, and were not disappointed. Along with Qiu, Daley and Jian, the field included Olympic champion David Boudia, World championships bronze medallist Sascha Klein, and Mexico’s Ivan Garcia.
DWS 2015, Dubai Day 2: Laugher (GBR) takes gold in 3m final
The 3m springboard finals of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2015 delivered great excitement for the huge crowds at the Hamdan Sports Complex tonight, as Great Britain’s Jack Laugher gave a superb display of precision diving to break China’s stranglehold and win gold with 564.35 points, a huge 32.50 points clear of world champion He Chong.
In a dominant display usually only seen from China, Laugher took the lead in round one and did not relinquish it, scoring over 90 points for all but one of his dives. To the delight of the supportive crowd he top scored with his final dive, posting 97.20 for his Back 3.5 Somersaults, Tucked.
DWS 2015, Dubai: China faces tough competition but takes gold on Day 1
The Chinese dominance of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series continued today as they took all four gold medals on offer on Day 1 of the second round of the Series at the Hamdan Sports Complex. However while the Chinese were untroubled in their victories in the men’s 10m synchro and women’s 3m synchro, they faced tough competition in the other two finals held today, the women’s 10m synchro and men’s 3m synchro.
The first event of the day, the women’s 10m synchro saw Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion come within a whisker of gold, with China’s Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia winning by just 3.39 points, and in the last event of the night, China’s Qin Kai and Cao Yuan managed to hold off a strong finish by Russia’s Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov, winning by just 8.28 points.
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