Hockey youths to Chile
TWENTY eight members of the Falkland Islands Hockey Association Youth league are in Punta Arenas, Chile for their very first overseas competition, the Copa Invernada ice hockey tournament.
The brave youngsters, who make up teams Bombers, Wolverines, Knights and Dragons, all skilled roller hockey players, are adapting to ice skates for the matches and on Monday coach Grant Budd said they were all skating superbly.
Next week an all girls team will play a girls team from Punta Arenas and two Falklands National Team games will be played against a mixed team from the three different associations/clubs in Punta Arenas.
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Editor's Column - July 1 guest editorial from Peter Young
ONE of my first reactions to the referendum result last week, after disbelief and shock, was a strong feeling of sadness that younger generations of Brits would not enjoy, as I and millions of others had, almost unfettered freedom to roam across Europe on holiday. I’ve been lucky enough to drive from London to Turin in Italy, and through Belgium, Germany and Austria to Hungary. I’d also travelled by train to southern Poland from my suburban station in London. All of this travel without needing a visa or seeing a border guard, except when my navigator took a wrong turn and we went through Switzerland.
I can see how young people would value this freedom and why they could feel angry that they had been denied this by older voters who mainly voted to leave the EU.
However, one of the more interesting statistics to emerge once the dust settled was that, although 75% of under-24s voted to Remain in the EU, compared to only 39% of over-65s, crucially, it is reckoned that only 36% of under-24s voted, compared with a massive 83% of over-65s!
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