It all feels so much like a part of me

## ## Mackay clubs lend a hand to African teams in need

ALISON Langevad’s home may be Mackay, but her heart has taken up residence in Africa.

The continent and its people have given Langevad “so much over the last 20 years” that she and her husband decided it was time to give back.

Through Africa Safari Discovery, and with the help of Wanderers FC and Whitsunday United FC, the local photographer recently shipped four complete sets of playing strips to Kenya for distribution among estate football teams within the country’s capital, Nairobi.

The small humanitarian feat will have a lasting impact on teams that have long played without club colours to call their own.

Alison Langevad has sent four complete sets of football jerseys from local clubs to Nairobi, Kenya.

“Their wildlife has given me a photography online business, their people have offered me friendship (and) their culture has reminded me of how fortunate we often are in Australia,” Langevad said.

“It definitely is a coming together of my sports photography and passion for Africa. It all feels so much like a part of me.

“My husband and I have spent hours and hours with our Kenyan driver talking sport while we watch African wildlife. It just felt right.”

Through her professional affiliation with Mackay Regional Football Zone, Langevad reached out to local clubs to support the initial distribution.

The first shipment included junior and senior sizes, goalie jerseys and a club shirt for the coach.

Mackay photographer Alison Langevad snapped this photo on location in South Africa in 2016. Through her photography, Alison has fostered a strong relationship with the African continent and its people. Photo: Alison Langevad

“In a world where recycling has become key, it is evident that sporting clubs have nowhere to send old jerseys. The pile grows at each club of previous seasons’ strips,” Langevad said.

“We are so blessed with abundance in Australia that it was easy to look further afield to find someone a little less fortunate.”

Kenya is currently in a countrywide lockdown due to COVID 19 and distribution to the teams has been put on hold.

But once restrictions have eased, Langevad is hopeful the Mackay Nairobi football pipeline will continue.

“So far the idea has been well received,” she said. “We will know more once soccer resumes over there about who exactly will benefit and how great the future need.”

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“Jose is a member of this family for all time

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident

“Hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion,” Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price tweeted.

Within hours after the news broke, Marlins players gathered at the ballpark to grieve together.

“A lot of words were said meaningful words and emotion and prayer,” team president David Samson said. “Jose is a member of this family for all time.”

Samson spoke at a news conference, surrounded by more than two dozen players wearing Marlins jerseys black ones.

Pitcher David Phelps stared at the floor and shook his head, while outfielder Christian Yelich took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. Their eyes were red.

Manager Don Mattingly and president of baseball operations Michael Hill flanked Samson and unsuccessfully fought back tears.

“When I think about Josie, it’s going to be thinking about a little kid,” Mattingly said. “I see such a little boy in him . the way he played. . Kids play Little League, that’s the joy Jose played with.”

Fernandez was on a vessel that had a “severe impact” with a jetty, said Lorenzo Veloz of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The overturned boat remained in the water for several hours, its engine partially submerged as its nose pointed skyward, as debris from the crash was scattered over some of the large jagged rocks.

Veloz described the condition of the boat as “horrible.”

## ## City of Miami Fire Rescue workers were seen carrying bodies, draped and on stretchers, at the Coast Guard station after sunrise Sunday. Officials later said they were taken to the medical examiner’s office. Two bodies were found under the vessel and a third was found on the jetty, said Capt. Leonel Reyes of Miami Dade Fire Rescue’s Marine Services Bureau.

The names of the other two individuals are being withheld pending notification of relatives, the Coast Guard said.

“It does appear that speed was involved due to the impact and the severity of it,” Veloz said. “It does appear to be that they were coming at full speed when they encountered the jetty, and the accident happened.”

Veloz said there was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs were a cause in the crash. He also said none of the three victims wore a life jacket, and that the boat was owned by a friend of Fernandez.

“It does pertain to a friend of Jose who is very well connected with several Marlins players and I have stopped that boat before for safety inspections with other Marlins players on board,” Veloz said. “We know that this boat knows the area. We just can’t answer why this happened.”

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was out of town but planned to fly to Miami.

“Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest,” Loria said in a statement. “Jose left us far too soon, but his memory will endure in all of us. At this difficult time, our prayers are with his mother, grandmother, family and friends.”

Fernandez was a two time All Star who went 38 17 in his four seasons with the Marlins, winning the NL’s Rookie of the Year award in 2013. citizen last year and was enormously popular in Miami thanks to his backstory, success and exuberant flair. and going to high school in Tampa, Florida. The Marlins drafted him in 2011 and Fernandez was in the majors two years later.

Red Sox star David Ortiz asked the Tampa Bay Rays to cancel a pregame tribute they scheduled in his honor before his final game in their ballpark Sunday.

“I don’t have the words to describe the pain I feel,” Ortiz said.

The New York Mets, in the thick of a playoff chase, are scheduled to play in Miami on Monday. Fernandez’s debut game in 2013 was against the Mets and he was scheduled to start against them Monday.

“When the first pitch left his hand, the first thought is, ‘Oh, wow, this is something special,'” said Mets manager Terry Collins, who picked Fernandez for this year’s All Star Game. “This was not only one of the greatest pitchers in the modern game but one of the finest young men you’d ever meet, who played the game with passion and fun and enjoyed being out there.”

The game Monday will be played as scheduled, the Marlins said.

“Deep in our hearts there is a lot of pain,” third baseman Martin Prado said. “Somehow we’ve got to overcome that.”

Fernandez’s death immediately brought memories of past baseball tragedies, such as the deaths of Thurman Munson and Roberto Clemente stars who died in plane crashes in the 1970s.

Cleveland teammates Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed in a boating accident in Florida in 1993, and the game also reeled from the sudden deaths of major leaguers Darryl Kile, Lyman Bostock and Cory Lidle in recent years.

Video boards at Marlins Park on Sunday morning showed a large “16” Fernandez’s uniform number over his name. The number was also painted on the mound, and flowers rested on the rubber. A few dozen fans milled about in the ballpark plaza, some wearing Fernandez jerseys.

Fernandez posted a photo of his girlfriend sporting a “baby bump” on his Instagram page last week, announcing that the couple was expecting its first child.

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