Work pays off big

first_imgCampos, who began taking swimming lessons at 2 and was competing in races at 5, says she switched to water polo when she was about 7. Last summer, she was named to the U.S. Youth National Water Polo Team. Schneider says Campos is the most experienced player on the Cardinals’ roster, and it has paid off handsomely. “Her calmness, her maturity, her knowledge of the game has been huge for us,” Schneider said. “She always steps up biggest in big games, like last year’s final.” When Whittier competed in the Irvine Southern California championships over the weekend, Campos earned all-tournament honors as the Cardinals posted a 2-3 record. All of their opponents were Division I teams, including losses to Corona del Mar (No. 2), Newport Harbor (No. 4) and Coronado (No. 1 in the San Diego Section). In Monday’s Del Rio League makeup game against El Rancho, the only other team unbeaten in league, she scored two goals and had an assist despite drawing intense defensive pressure. For now, her sights are set on a second CIF title. The Cardinals’ chances for success are good, and Campos is one of the reasons why. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cardinals coach Chris Schneider says that means “she’s a driver, a 2-meter set, a 2-meter defender, pretty much anywhere we need her.” He acknowledged she probably would be a standout in goal, too, saying, “That’s true, she is that versatile.” Campos has been an important part of Whittier’s program since she transferred from Montebello after her freshman season. She promptly helped the Cardinals win the CIF-Southern Section Division III championship in her sophomore year. Last season, when Whittier finished as runner-up to Ayala, she scored six goals in the championship game. This season, she has scored a team-leading 84 goals and Whittier has been ranked No. 1 in the division from the start. WHITTIER – Watching Whittier High School water polo standout Mary Ann Campos struggle to reach a ball while an opponent seems intent on pushing her underwater, it is easy to understand why she says playing the hole set position can be difficult. Actually, it could be a gross understatement. center_img “It’s just the way the game is,” said Campos, a 5-foot-6 senior who is spending most of her time as the Cardinals’ 2-meter hole set this season. “Holding my position (in the water) is difficult because I’m smaller than most of the (2-meter defenders). I have to work harder. Yes, it’s frustrating, but I just have to turn away, shake it off.” Campos has played every position except goalkeeper during her three seasons with the Cardinals, fulfilling a utility role for the team. last_img read more

SportPesa set to expand operations in Uganda

first_imgKiyingi has extended an invitation to SportPesa to go to Uganda on July 26 for talks on how to set up their business in Kampala.Kiyingi went to Dar es Salaam,Tanzania to watch Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia take on English Premier League club Everton FC in an international friendly match organised by Sportpesa.She also went to personally extend an invitation to Sportpesa to set up camp in Kampala like they have done in Nairobi and Dar Es Saalam.“We are here to start up the dialogue between Sportpesa and Uganda football to ensure that we participate in the East African League (The Sportpesa Super Cup) and also to ensure that SportPesa comes to Uganda to invest in the Uganda league,” Kiyingi, who is the chairperson of the Ugandan Premier League giants Express FC said.Uganda Minister for Youth and Children Affair, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi.PHOTO/courtesyJust like in Kenya, the Uganda parliament recently passed a bill of 35% tax on the profit that is awaiting consent by President Yoeri Kaguta Museveni.Kiyingi outlined that the law if implemented is not to raise money for the Uganda government, but to demotivate people from going into irresponsible gambling and will not affect all players in the industry.“So we are reversing the trend as the ministry responsible for young people. I have made it a point to look for people to invest in sports, give the youth employment. We can achieve and reduce the interest in tax (for those investing in sports) so as to promote sports in general.”“To me I take SportPesa to be an investor and not really a business person. So we want them to come down to Uganda and together we look at the regulation further,”she added.Uganda Minister for Youth and Children Affair, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi is the chairperson of Uganda Premier League side Express FC.PHOTO/courtesyThis looks like a blow to the gaming industry in Uganda as well because of the 35% tax on the profits of the gaming companies. But in the case of SportPesa and anyone investing in Uganda sports, there is an exemption.“We are going to look at SportPesa in isolation because it is coming with a heavy weight of promoting football; investing in academies, investing in young people, giving them employment. It is beyond betting, it is beyond gaming. So we are looking at the other side of investment and then we shall make sure that we sit down and dialogue,” Kiyingi revealed.Kiyingi says if Sportpesa was to put the same amount of investment in football like in Kenya and Tanzania, then Uganda football will grow in leaps and bounds because what Uganda lacks now is adequate sponsors in sports.“The talent is there, the morale is there, the demand is overwhelming but what is missing is the capital injection in football in general and branding.”If Sportpesa land in Uganda it will take nine months before they start operations as per the regulations. All that might change as a delegation from SportPesa head to Uganda for discussions with the Uganda government and if successful, they will meet with President Yoweri Museveni to fast track the process.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SportPesa Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri during a past event. PHOTO/FileNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 19 – Kenya’s leading sports betting firm SportPesa is set to expand its operations to Uganda, just two months after opening office in Tanzania if talks between the Uganda government and the company are concluded successfully.Uganda Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Kiyingi is leading a Ugandan government delegation that arrived in Kenya on Wednesday evening.last_img read more