Seibold dismisses Ponga talk

first_imgPhoto Getty Images Caption: Newcastle Knights full-back Kalyn Ponga Knights chief executive Philip Gardner this week stated that the Broncos are a “bigger” threat than New Zealand Rugby as he strives to tie Ponga down to a new deal.The 21-year-old Queensland State of Origin full-back, who has made no secret of his desire to play for the All Blacks, is contracted until the end of next year, so he will be a free agent to NRL clubs on November 1 if Newcastle cannot agree an extension.Broncos coach Seibold rates Ponga highly, but says salary-cap restrictions would make a move for the livewire Knights man unlikely.”If we had open slather of course I’d go for Kalyn Ponga because he’s an outstanding player but every club has got a salary cap and it is not like the [English] Premier League where you can pay what you want for a player,” Seibold said.”Certainly Kalyn hasn’t been in any conversation [with the Broncos]. I think any club in the competition would want someone like Kalyn in their group regardless of what position he plays.”We certainly haven’t spoken about him so I am not sure where that came from. We are guided by a salary cap, so that is pie in the sky sort of stuff.”last_img read more

Johnny Loughrey named among Ireland’s 10 most outstanding young people

first_imgDonegal Chartered Physiotherapist Johnny Loughrey has won a place in the Top 10 list of Ireland’s Outstanding Young People for 2018.The Letterkenny man was recently honoured at the national JCI awards for his accomplishments in the business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial field.Johnny established JT Physiotherapy Ltd in 2013 in Letterkenny, and later in Derry, following some time spent in Australia developing a forward-thinking approach to rehabilitation. He also established the No Barriers Foundation in 2016 which aims to break down barriers allowing those with varying levels of mobility, disabilities or chronic long-term illness to exercise within their community, to improve health and to decrease the risk of comorbidities. The Foundation managed to acquire funding for a revolutionary piece of equipment called an Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton which allows those with spinal injury, traumatic brain injury or those who have suffered a stroke to walk and rehabilitate while wearing the robotic suit.Johnny Loughrey with runner-up Caitlin Nic Aoidh at the JCI Ireland TOYP AwardsThe Loughrey family celebrating at the 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Person (TOYP) Awards on May 12th: John, Mary, Laura and JohnnyThe JCI Ireland TOYP Awards, in association with AIB, were held on Saturday 12th May, where ten phenomenal people were recognised as Ireland’s most outstanding for 2018. The awards ceremony was hosted at the stunning Mount Falcon Estate on the banks of the renowned River Moy in Ballina, Co. Mayo. The MC on the evening was Harry McCann who was a world TOYP winner in 2017 for his achievements as a technology entrepreneur. Two other inspirational Donegal women were named as runners-up. RINKA entrepreneur Sarah Gillespie and TG4 presenter Caitlin Nic Aoidh were also honoured at the awards. Sarah Gillespie nominated for the JCI Donegal Outstanding Young Person Awards 2018 in May 2018. L-R: Sandra McGettigan (AIB), Sarah Gillespie, Patrick McEleney (JCI Donegal), Keira Keogh (JCI Ireland)The TOYP Awards serve to formally recognise young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change. The honorees, in turn, motivate their peers to seek excellence and serve others. Their stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity inspire young people to be better leaders and create better societies. The competition now moves onto the international level where the world’s ten outstanding young people will be crowned in India in November. Speaking at the awards ceremony JCI Ireland President, Laura Enache, said: “The TOYP honorees are transformational leaders who have made a huge contribution to our society. They have identified a need in the community and have acted upon it. They have identified the passion in themselves to serve other people and change the world for the better. They are a true inspiration.”On the night Ronan Neacy, JCI Ireland Director of Community, said: “The honourees have inspired us to not only do better for ourselves but to do better for our communities, our cities and our country.”Joe Cawley, on behalf of national sponsor AIB, mentioned: “JCI is a wonderful organisation and the TOYP Awards are truly something special. AIB is proud to be backing JCI.” A raffle was held on the night in aid of the Darkness Into Light charity walk, Pieta House’s flagship annual fundraising and awareness event, which had taken place that morning throughout the country.Johnny Loughrey named among Ireland’s 10 most outstanding young people was last modified: May 23rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2018 Ten Outstanding Young Person (TOYP) Awardsjci irelandJohnny LoughreyJT Physiotherapyno barrierslast_img read more