Born in England, Akinyemi is the first Nigerian to compete in the canoeing event of the Olympic Games.He qualified as Nigeria’s only canoeist to Rio 2016 in the men’s K-1 class by obtaining a top finish at the 2015 African Canoe Slalom Championships in Sagana, Kenya which makes him a medal prospect.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigerian canoeist, Jonathan Akinyemi, has arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games which begins on August 5.Akinyemi, who will represent Nigeria at the Games for the second successive time in the canoe/slalom kayak event arrived Brazil on Tuesday, ahead of the rest members of Team Nigeria. He was received at the Games Village by officials of Team Nigeria.”He immediately got down to work and has not slowed down since he hit Rio”, an excited official of Nigeria Olympic Committee said yesterday.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — It’s been a tough holiday season for the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 583’s ‘Toys for Kids’ wrapping drive. They serve hundreds of families in need and are still shy of their goal to serve all of those children in need before the holidays.Social media posts have been floating around about the nonprofit’s need for toy and monetary donations. Local organizations are already beginning to step in, one of those being Bay Athletic Club.As part of their season of giving, the athletic center is matching toy and monetary donations for the organization that they’ve helped support for many years.“Sometimes, we just need to remember how good it feels to be able to help someone else even if you don’t know who that person is,” said Bay Athletic Club Communications Director Sarah Morrison. “When you’re out shopping, just swing by an aisle and grab something and that can be your donation.”You can drop off donations at Bay Athletic Club in Alpena off of Chisholm Street now through Friday. If you can’t make it to Bay Athletic by Friday. Donations can be made to the ‘Toys for Kids’ headquarters on 2040 Werth Rd. (the Old Ripley Street Fruit Market)“Every little thing you do can make a really big impact,” said Morrison.Toys are donated to families in need throughout Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, and Presque Isle Counties.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Bay Athletic, bay athletic club, holidays, northeast michigan, Sunrise Side, toys for kids, Vietnam Vets Chapter 583Continue ReadingPrevious Rolling into the holiday season with a giving heartNext Alpena Public Schools Request Bond Sales to Update Structures and Security Systems