GibLive! December 2017

22 December 2017 GibLive! SPORT TWO Gibraltar golfers secured prizes at the Duke of Edinburgh Golf Cup World Finals in Lon- don.  The Duke of Edin- burgh Cup, a golf char- ity with Royal patron- age dedicated to helping young people worldwide by providing and giving sup- port in health education and welfare was established in 2001. Gibraltar were among a small and illustrious group of countries involved.  Gibraltar’s qualifying event, facilitated by Med Golf, was held at San Roque Golf Club and was won by Mike Cowburn and John Hunter who earned the right to travel to London for the world finals.   Mike and John enjoyed three days of golf, the high- light of which was playing The Queen’s golf course in the grounds of Windsor Castle.  The culmination of the world finals event was a black-tie gala dinner in Windsor Castle during which Mike, who won the individual competition, and John, who won the pairs competi- tion playing with Mike, were pre- sented with their trophies by the Earl of Wessex.  A reception for players and spon- sors of Gibral- tar’s challenge was held at the Convent in Octo- ber, which was attended by the Governor and Chief Minister.   In welcom- ing everyone to the reception, Deputy Gover- nor Nick Pyle - whose idea it was to enter Gibraltar into the finals - said Gi- braltar’s involvement had helped to raise £24,000 for local children’s and youth charities. He further announced that such was the suc- cess of the event that he had secured an entry for Gibral- tar into the 2018 world fi- nals and was delighted that many of this year’s spon- sors had already signed up to sponsoring next year’s event which would take place on June 24 2018 at San Roque.  He said: “Those of us who are better off have a moral obligation to help the less fortunate.  And if we cannot look after the youth of to- day who will look after us tomorrow?” GOLF The Earl of Wessex with John Hunter (centre) and Mike Cowburn TWO of Gibraltar’s young Gym- nastic stars performed mag- nificently at an international competition. Emma Bosio and Lili Murphy competed in the 7th Spartacus Emerald Annual Cup held in Thessaloniki Greece against in- ternational competition from top nations in the sport. The competition attracted clubs from Bulgaria, Russia, Sweden and Egypt, to name just a few.  In addition, various rhythmic gymnasts seeking Common- wealth Games qualification were also present. Senior gymnast Emma who is currently seeking qualification for the upcoming 2018 Common- wealth Games achieved superb marks in a very challenging cat- egory and highly prestigious com- petition. Emma came eighth for her hoop routine, ninth for her ball routine and fifth for her clubs routine and achieved an overall mark of 33.250 for all three.  For eight-year-old Lili it was her first international competi- tion, and judging by this perfor- mance it will be the first of many. She did herself and Gibraltar proud by achieving fantastic re- sult in the under eight group cat- egory being awarded first in the ball category, third in her free- hand routine and a terrific third place overall. RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS Two stars do Gibraltar proud Emma Bosio Gib golfers shine at world finals Lili Murphy