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Jamaica Gleaner - - PROFILE - – Tick­oya Joseph

IT WAS the per­fect place to re­lax. Birds chirp­ing, river gush­ing down­stream, a gen­tle breeze in the air. All this peace and quiet was dis­turbed by Restau­rant Week Am­bas­sador T’Shura Gibbs freak­ing out, “What you guys say I do­ing?”

Some of the fright left her voice as she was re­as­sured by the guides that she had no need to be scared as she was in the best hands. T’Shura was ea­ger to get it over with as she still couldn’t be­lieve what she was about to do – river tub­ing and kayak­ing.

Fit­ted with her hel­met, life jacket and, of course, in­sect re­pel­lent, she started her five-minute walk to the start­ing point of her Rio Bueno Tour. In­struc­tor Da­vian Gra­ham told her sto­ries of the Macka Tree and how lovers climbed said tree to prove their love. She took the story as mere en­ter­tain­ment pur­port­ing that it was a work of fic­tion. Fic­ti­tious or not, it did the trick.

Her mind was now at ease as she bravely en­tered her kayak shout­ing “ready!” Like a pro, she took the lead and was stream­ing down the river with­out a care in the world. Even when she en­coun­tered a rough patch in the river, she con­quered it with a smile.

Half­way down the river, she changed from a kayak to a tube. Still care­free, one would never have guessed that she was do­ing this for the first time.

Her tour guides beamed with pride – she hardly needed their in­struc­tions as she had learnt to ma­noeu­vre her­self.

At the end of the tour, she de­scribed the ex­pe­ri­ence as truly lib­er­at­ing, and we have the pic­tures to prove it.

GLAD­STONE TAY­LOR/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

T’Shura clearly hav­ing a ball on her River Rapids Ad­ven­ture with her guide Da­vian Gra­ham keep­ing watch.

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