Wellness on the water with Shannon Dragons

first_img TAGSCommunityLimerick City and CountyNews The Shannon Dragons on its way for its Maiden Vogage.Picture Brendan GleesonThe ‘Wellness on the Water Festival’, a fundraising event for the Shannon Dragons, will take place on September 1.This is the first time a Dragon Boat Racing Competition of this type has been held in Limerick, and the organisers are delighted that 12 novice teams have registered to take part, including teams from Rusal Aughinish, Analog, Axa Insurance, Britvic Ballygowan, Limerick City and County Council and Clare County Council.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It’s a big venture for us and we have our fingers crossed for the weather, rain we can get over, wind we do not want, we don’t want any choppy waters.“This event has been run in other areas with huge success. We have seen how successful the Cork Dragon boat Race has been and would love to bring that excitement and spectacle to the Shannon Region,” said club member Mary Mc Elhinney.Established two years ago by Brid O’Connell who was recovering from breast cancer, “once she got back on the water she felt fantastic and wanted to let other people know who were in recovery, how much it had helped her.“The club is open to anybody, but once you are in the boat, nobody knows who has had breast cancer and who hasn’t, you are there for the exercise, and there’s huge cameraderie”.Funds from the competition will go towards maintaining the clubs two boats, to keep them in good condition.Some of the club members like intense training twice a week and enjoy taking part in competitions around the country. The second boat is for the ‘gentle pacers’ or beginners. The boats only have a certain lifespan, as they are not heavy-duty plastic, all money raised will be reinvested into the club.“I was there at the start and Breda’s the driving force, she is a person of enormous energy, she keeps the whole thing going.“On Saturday the 24, we have a safety training day. Then on competition day, people can watch the teams as they struggle to get out of the heats and into the final.“These will be amateurs who have had one day’s training so the entertainment value will be high. We need to get the word out to as many as possible. Come out to O’Brien’s Bridge and meet the Shannon Dragons,” added Mary.For more information see www.shannondragons.ie Email Twitter Print TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites WhatsApp Advertisement NewsCommunityWellness on the water with Shannon DragonsBy Louise Harrison – August 18, 2019 344 Previous articleLimerick District League Premier Division round-upNext articleWATCH: Munster Women Earn Interpro Win Over Ulster Louise Harrisonhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Limerick on Covid watch list Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

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Following win, USC women’s lacrosse gears up for trip to Florida

first_imgFollowing a heart-wrenching overtime 11-10 victory against Northwestern, the No. 3 USC women’s lacrosse team hits the road facing No. 4 Florida on Friday at 6:30 p.m. EST and Stetson on Sunday at 12 p.m. EST. For the Trojans, this marks their first games that they’ve played in the state of Florida as well as their first time playing a top five opponent while ranked in the top five itself.With a 2-0 record, the Trojans exhibited solid defense against Northwestern, anchored by junior goalie Gussie Johns who notched 17 saves and eight ground balls to tie the program record. Johns’ stout performance earned her MPSF Defensive Player of the Week honors. Johns and the entire Trojan defense were successful when they worked in conjunction with one another in order to shut down the Wildcat offense.“Our strength is playing as a unit,” head coach Lindsay Munday said. “We are best when all eight players, including the goaltender, are playing together.”Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller was also instrumental in the Trojan victory, scoring the game-winning goal and recording her first career hat trick. With three caused turnovers, two ground balls and a draw control in addition to her strong offensive performance, Miller was named MPSF Rookie of the Week.“Her confidence — and it’s really kind of a quiet confidence — is what I notice the most. She’s really hard on herself and wants to continue to get better and be the best for this team and that’s what’s been exciting to see,” Munday said of Miller.In just a short amount of time, Miller along with the other nine freshmen have assimilated into the team culture.“All the girls are super warm and welcoming and I hope that the freshmen felt that as they came in,” senior midfielder Drew Jackson said.Jackson attributes the Trojans’ success on the field to the strong bonds between the girls. The team looks to carry this team-oriented and collaborative mindset into competition this weekend.“We learned how much team chemistry we have,” Jackson said. “Being able to stick together and stick to what we know, we learned a lot.”While the Trojans emerged victorious on Saturday, Munday acknowledges that the girls have growing room in preparation for a tough upcoming schedule.“Northwestern is a phenomenal team, and we need to keep getting better from last week and we don’t have a lot of time to do it before another really great test against Florida,” Munday said. “They’re extremely fast, extremely athletic and extremely talented so we need to get better from Saturday.”Heading into a stacked weekend as they travel to Florida, the Trojans are focusing on taking it one step at a time and continuing to build on their foundation.“It was our first overtime win, so I think we need to build on that and make sure that no matter what the score is we’re always locked in mentally,” Munday said.last_img read more

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Dodgers’ season-opening roster starting to come into focus

first_img Dodgers reliever Scott Alexander gained strength from diabetes diagnosis Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That leaves Kyle Farmer and Trayce Thompson as the options to fill the final roster spot. Like Font, Thompson is out of options. The Dodgers would ideally like to find a trade partner for Thompson.KERSHAW READYClayton Kershaw finished a scoreless spring with 6-2/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals on Friday afternoon. He didn’t allow a run in 21-1/3 innings this spring – the fewest innings he has thrown in the Cactus League since 2014 when the Dodgers opened the season early in Australia.This was a compressed spring as well with a shortened scheduled to accommodate an early Opening Day (March 29) across baseball. It followed a compressed offseason for the Dodgers, who played into November last fall.“We’ve obviously pitched in the playoffs before,” Kershaw said. “But finishing on Nov. 1, you never know how those extra couple weeks will affect you. But I feel good, excited to get going, ready to feel a little more adrenaline.”Kershaw’s past two seasons have been marred by extended stays on the DL with back problems. He has adjusted his workout regimen in the wake of those injuries – a mild disc herniation in 2016 and a back strain in 2017 – and shows no signs of any limitations on the field.“For me, it was never about conditioning. It was never about anything like that,” he said. “It was just about trying to stay healthy. Everything I’ve done has been geared towards keeping my back healthy and right now I feel great about that.”FREEWAY SERIESSeveral Dodgers broke camp early and headed to Southern California on Friday afternoon. They will have Saturday off before the Freeway Series starts Sunday in Anaheim.Related Articles Matt Kemp is back in his old home — middle of Dodgers’ lineup Clayton Kershaw completes scoreless spring in Dodgers’ 10-0 win over Royals center_img With Chargois included, seven spots in the Dodgers’ bullpen appear set – closer Kenley Jansen, left-handers Scott Alexander and Tony Cingrani and right-handers Pedro Baez, Josh Fields and Ross Stripling.“That eighth spot – to figure that one out, we’re still working through it,” Roberts said.With non-roster invitee Pat Venditte already ticketed for Triple-A, the final decision is between right-handers Yimi Garcia and Wilmer Font. The PCL Pitcher of the Year last season, Font has not been particularly impressive this spring (an 8.44 ERA and 1.59 WHIP). But he is out of options. The Dodgers cannot send him to Triple-A without exposing him to waivers first.The decision to carry 13 pitchers means the Dodgers’ bench will consist of only four players. Two spots are taken – the idle halves of platoons at catcher (Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes) and second base (Kike’ Hernandez and Chase Utley).With Matt Kemp expected to get most of the playing time in left field, a left-handed outfielder to spell him – either Joc Pederson or Andrew Toles – will take up another bench spot. This spring, Pederson has looked more like the player who got demoted to Triple-A last August (a .170 average, one home run and 11 strikeouts) than the player who went 6 for 18 with three home runs in the World Series last fall. But the prospect of limited playing time alongside Kemp might lead the Dodgers to send Toles to Triple-A, where he can play every day and continue his return from ACL surgery. A handful of minor-league prospects will travel with the Dodgers for the Freeway Series – Will Smith, Edwin Rios, Gavin Lux, Errol Robinson and D.J. Peters, who homered in Friday’s game against the Royals.Top pitching prospect Walker Buehler will not be with the Dodgers for the Freeway Series. Buehler threw three innings in a minor-league game on Wednesday and will stay in Arizona. Roberts said Buehler is expected to break camp with the Triple-A Oklahoma City team.The Dodgers have worked Buehler cautiously this spring with an eye toward keeping his innings and pitch counts down this season. They did the same with Julio Urias a year ago and even left Urias in extended spring training camp when the minor-league teams left Arizona. That does not appear to be part of the plan with Buehler. GLENDALE, Ariz. — At the start of their final week in Arizona, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts referred to the team’s bullpen picture being “a little fuzzy.”That picture is “getting pretty clear” now, Roberts said Friday, and the season-opening roster is coming into focus as a result.The Dodgers will open the season with 13 pitchers, including eight relievers, Roberts said, after briefly vacillating in the wake of Tom Koehler’s shoulder injury. Koehler’s absence opened a spot in the bullpen that was slow to be claimed. Right-hander J.T. Chargois has a grip on it now.Claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Twins early in camp, Chargois has been charged with only one run in eight Cactus League innings and allowed only two hits while striking out 10.last_img read more

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‘Los Suns’ show the way. Will others follow?

first_imgCoach Alvin Gentry calls it “synergy,” a word that means, essentially, something greater than the sum of its parts.That’s perfect for these upstart Phoenix Suns. They are, in simpler terms, a lot better than just about anyone expected them to be.“I’m just so proud of these guys and what they’ve done and how they’ve gotten it done,” Gentry said. “I just have a ton of respect for our team and what they represent.”You can argue about whether politics should mix with sports or whether the decision by owner Robert Sarver and his team to don “Los Suns” in light of the angry immigration debate in Arizona was good politics. But there’s not much argument about whether it was good for the bottom line.“That’s because it really spoke to a hot-button issue,” said Mario Flores, managing director Los Angeles-based Sportivo, a Latino sports public relations and marketing agency. Nothing that comes to mind, at least in terms of sports, got this kind of a bounce.”The next census is expected to show Latinos make up roughly 15 percent of the U.S. population, with an estimated $1 trillion in purchasing power. Research shows they also make up a significant part of every pro sports league’s audience, ranging from a high of 33 percent for Major League Soccer to eight percent for NASCAR and the NHL.Given the chance to make a statement about valuing diversity—and make money in the bargain—what are the odds other owners, teams and leagues will come forward and take the same risk that Sarver and his players did?Slim and none.Too bad.Ten NBA teams wore jerseys aimed at their Latino fans for two different games during a league-wide celebration in March. The Spurs said they, too, would have worn their “Los Spurs” jerseys to match Sarver’s gesture had they been available, before losing Game 4.But so far neither of the two other NBA playoff teams with Latino-themed jerseys laying around—“Los Lakers” and “El Magic”—have announced plans to dust them off and put a foot down in the middle of the messy immigration debate. The same is true for MLS, NHL and major league baseball teams across the country.You’ll see promotions during their regular seasons, for example when the “Cerveceros” of Milwaukee play the “Piratas” of Pittsburgh in the coming weeks. You’ll also see plenty of meaningful gestures designed to make Latino customers more comfortable in the ballparks and arenas, ranging from directions and signs in Spanish all the way down to the choices at the concessions stands.But unlike the Suns’ decision, the tough calls are being put off until the heat surrounding the immigration issue is turned down.Baseball commissioner Bud Selig reportedly is being pressed to consider pulling the All-Star Game from Phoenix, where it’s scheduled next season. The NFL pulled a Super Bowl out of Arizona two decades ago over the state’s refusal to recognize the national holiday commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., returning only after legislators there relented.Selig won’t tip his hand on the matter this far out, but it wouldn’t come as a complete surprise if he responds in a meaningful way sometime soon. He was in meetings and unavailable for comment Thursday, but he always has taken baseball’s role as a force for driving social change very seriously.Between 16 percent and 20 percent of baseball’s audience is Latino; if MLB and the MLS wants to score points, there’s no time like the present.“It would be an incredible message across the country,” Flores said. “To have an entire league, let alone all of them, putting their support behind this issue would be unprecedented. It would also be very, very smart.“Latinos already know which teams value their fans by how welcome they feel the moment they step into a stadium…And it’s clear from everything they’re doing—the Spanish-language websites, the broadcasts in Spanish, the advertising dollars—that the leagues do value Latinos as fans.”Flores also is the first to acknowledge that what made the Suns’ simple gesture stand out was the timing.“All the promotions make a difference. But I don’t think what the Suns did was to make a difference just on the marketing side of the ledger,” he added. “They did it because they thought it was the right thing to do.” UPSTART SUNS—Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire (1) wears a “Los Suns” jersey during the first quarter of Game 2 of their NBA second-round playoff basketball series against the San Antonio Spurs May 5, in Phoenix. by Jim LitkeAssociated Press Writer (AP)—Why stop with “Los Suns?”For all the marketing schemes pro sports leagues have tried to woo Latinos in recent years, none probably resonated more powerfully with the target audience than the Phoenix Suns’ decision to wear their “Los Suns” jerseys for Game 2 of their NBA playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs last week.The Suns have won six playoff games in a row, a franchise record, dispatching their longtime nemesis San Antonio with a four-game sweep to advance to the Western Conference finals.last_img read more

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RiverCenter Executive Director Leaves Position

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – A couple of days after leaving her job as executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, Nancy Adams looks back over a period of changing direction and a difficult economy and feels there is a lot that has marked her tenure in the job.“It’s been a great ride, overall,” Adams said this week from her home in Maplewood, as she took stock in her time overseeing the marketing and advocacy organization for the borough’s commercial Special Improvement District. “It was a tough ride and it sure wasn’t an easy one,” she continued about her role with the organization, “not when you take a job and less than a year later the economy collapses.”Adams, who was executive director since Oct. 2007, left the job abruptly last Friday. “Mostly, it was a mutual time to go sort of thing,” between herself and RiverCenter’s board of directors.“It was time to move on,” she said.Tom Fishkin, River­Center’s vice president, and owner of Broad Street’s Readie’s Market Cafe, said Adams had met with two board members (Fishkin was not one of them) when the decision was reached by the parties that “It’s time to look at somebody new.”“It’s probably inherent in a job like this,” Fishkin said. “It’s going to run its course. You want to keep that fresh momentum moving.”Adams, who had the job for about five and a half years, actually held the position longer than most of her predecessors. “And that speaks volumes for her,” Fishkin said.Prior to Adams’ time with RiverCenter and going back to when it was initiated more than 20 years ago, the organization’s priorities were somewhat different. As Fishkin explained, the organization and its board was what he called more brick-and-mortar oriented, with the board concentrating on streetscape projects for Broad and Monmouth streets and some other visual beautification work – which was very expensive – along with its core mission of overseeing and advocating for the Special Improvement District, or SID.Adams shifted the focus somewhat, stressing the importance of business recruitment and marketing and promoting the district through traditional and burgeoning means, such as using social media, he said.“Trying to keep Red Bank’s name out in the public’s mind,” was what she deemed an important accomplishment during her time here, Adams said.When she started in the job, the concern for many in the business community was the threat posed by other area towns that had begun their own commercial and mixed-use redevelopment projects, such as Pier Village in Long Branch and Asbury Park’s boardwalk area. And that prompted Adams to advocate for a larger marketing budget and push for more special events to attract people. As a result, the marketing budget went from $10,000 to $60,000 during her tenure, and a number of special events were added, such as last week’s Wedding Walk.The Oct. 2008 economic meltdown had a dramatic impact on the local economy but Adams said the strategies put in place had a tempering effect and positioned the borough for a shorter recovery time than possibly other locations.“I think that all helped a lot, helping rebound Red Bank,” she said. “And now I think it’s stronger than ever.”“I think a lot of what she spearheaded and led us through, helped us move forward faster than some of our counterparts,” Fishkin added. “I think it was a great, great move for us.”And given that the current vacancy rate for the downtown business district is about 4.5 percent – from a high of about 11 just a couple of years ago – including the opening of Char steakhouse on Broad Street, along with other planned business additions, are clear indicators that the SID is well positioned for advancement in the future, she said.“I think we’ve been able to make Red Bank strong enough that people are noticing it,” Adams said.But addressing the needs of a disparate group of business and property owners, which at times would conflict, was not an easy task, she acknowledged. Adams alluded to – but downplayed – what she said could be a “volatile” relationship with board members. And others have noted the schism that developed between Adams and traditional retail on one side and restaurants on the other, leading to the formation of Red Bank Flavour, a culinary alliance.
 “If I’m doing my job and doing it well, I’m going to ruffle some feathers,” she said.“Every decision, small and large, is not going to make everyone happy” she said, explaining “You have to really rely on what you know is right and what you know is best for everybody.”Adams has 20 years of downtown redevelopment experience, and has a consulting business and serves on the board of directors for Downtown New Jersey. But as to her future plans, “I’m not sure,” she said. “I just think it may be nice to not be in the spotlight or cross­hairs, if you will,” in her future, she said.Red Bank RiverCenter is a public/private partnership permitted under state statute. It was established in 1990 to help the borough address the economic torpor that had shrouded the district, like so many other urban downtowns, and bring about its revitalization. It has been largely successful, with many considering it a model for redevelopment.RiverCenter’s annual budget is derived from a property assessment, separate from property taxes, levied on the property owners.last_img read more

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Glacier gymnasts rolls out red carpet at Kootenay Zone Championships

first_imgThe Glacier Gymnastic Club was filled with young competitors as the Heritage City club played host to the 2012 Kootenay Zone Championships last weekend. Teams from Cranbrook, Penticton, Trail, Kimberley, Golden and Creston joined host Glacier club in the two-day event.In the Men’s Provincial Level 3 category Quinn Barron placed first in all events.  Noah Daigle-Arsenault placed second all round with second place finishes in Floor and Pommel Horse. Sam Fisher placed third All Around with a second place finish in Rings and Horizontal Bar.  River Murphy placed second in Parallel Bars.  Chris Lawrence-Jeffery also competed at this level placing fifth on Parallel Bars.Kaz Tahara-Edmonds and Ruedi Kelsch competed in the Men’s Provincial Level 1 Open category with Kaz earning Gold in Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar and All Around. Reudi earned gold in Floor, Rings, Parallel Bars and Silver All Around.In the Performance Plus Men’s Category Tavish Cutler earned Gold in Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar with Silver All Around. Cameron Bibby-Fox earned Gold in Horizontal Bar with Silver all round.  Sam Kitch earned Gold in Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar with Silver all round. Coda Punchard earned Gold in Vault with Silver all round.  Koa Wintraub earned Silver in Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar with Silver all round.The High School women’s Level 1 category saw Naomi Mowat-Amiet place second All Around, tying for second place in Bars with Kaya Fraser who also placed third on Vault. Samantha Garbula placed first All Around and first on Vault.  Kano Major turned in a second place finish on Vault and Beam while Trilby Buck placed first on Floor and fourth on Vault.In the Women High School Level 2 category Katie Poetsch placed second All Around with a first place finish on Beam and a second place finish on Floor.Kelly Westerop competed in the Women High School Level 3 category placing first All Around with first place finishes in all events.The Provincial Level 1 Female Tyro category saw Teagan McTague place fifth All Around with a second place finish on Floor and a tie for third on Beam.  Ashley Caponero placed sixth all around  with a fourth place finish on Bars.The Women Provincial Level 1 Novice/Open category had Maddie Sternloff taking first place All Around with a top score in Bars and a tie for first in Floor.  Miranda Boisvert placed second All Around  with a first place finish on Beam and a tie for second place on Vault with Maddie.  Elena Gustafson tied for seventh all round with Megan Poetsch. Elena placed fourth on Floor while Megan placed third on Floor.  Arianna Murphy-Steed came eight all round and tied for third on Beam with Megan Poetsch. In the Women Provincial Level 1 Argo category Versailles McGeady-Bruce placed second All Around with a first place finish on Floor and second place finishes on Bars and Beam. Gwen McCrory placed third All Around earning first on Beam.Sara Tolles and Zoe Crisfield competed in the Women Provincial Level 1 Tyro category.  Sara placed first all round with first place finishes on Beam and Vault while Zoe placed third all round with a first place finish on Bars.The Women Provincial Level 1 Pre-Argo category saw Brianne Stefani earn the Gold medal All Around with Gold awarded for Vault, Beam and Floor, and Silver for Bars. Lennox Lockhurst competed in the Women Provincial Level 1 Argo category placing third All Around with second place finishes on Beam and Floor, and third place finishes on Vault and Bars.In the Women Provincial Level 2 Open competition Julie Poetsch placed third All Around with a second place finish on Floor and third place finishes on Vault and Bars.  Rebecca Benner came sixth all round with a first place finish on Floor and a tie for fourth place on Vault.The Women Provincial Level 2 Novice category saw Bronwyn Sutherland place first All Around with first place finishes on Beam and Floor. Hailey Lothrop placed 6th All Around with a tie for third on Vault and a fourth place finish on Beam.Victoria Lawrence-Jeffery competed in the Women Provincial Level 2 Tyro category and placed first all round with first place finishes on Vault and Beam, second place on Floor and third on Bars.The Women Provincial Level 2 Argo competitors included Alexis Dyck who came second All Around finishing second on Vault and Beam and third on Bars and Floor, and Senna Moroney who came fourth all round finishing second on Bars and Floor.Elisa Clark and Sarah Quinn earned Gold medals in the Women Performance Plus category while Amreesa Bhabra, Ashlynn D’Alessandris, Brynn McTague, Cassidy Turner, Heather B riddle, Maika Houde, Ryley Thompson and Shawnessy Skea earned Silver.The Girl’s Interclub category saw all participants give stellar performances.  The participants in this category were Alexa Anast, Cadence Hergott, Jenna Horton,  Raven Sperling, Dafni VanHellemond, Ella Strongman, Fawn Herzig, Gabriella Hurst, Emma Lake, Sola VanDonselaar, Adonia Martineau, Ayla Sully, Shaelyn Forbes, Heather Potkins, Peyton Whitaker, Kate May, Eliza Jefferson, Hannah Collinson and Allysa Penner.The Women Provincial Level 3 competition resulted in Ella Keelan placing second All Around, earning a first place finish in Bars and second place on Vault, Beam and Floor.  Kylee Dyck placed third all around with a first place finish on Beam and third on Vault, Bars and Floor.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Whitewater BC Winter Games Ski Team

first_imgThe 2014 B.C. Winter Games are happening in Mission.Whitewater Ski Team will have representation at the Winter Games as four athletes are competing in the GS and Slalom Races. The Games are set for February 20-23.The Whitewater skiers are part of the 2000 athletes attending to compete in 18 sports from throughout BC.Mallard’s Source for sports would honour the skiers with Team of the Week accolades.The contingent includes, Kiley Waterfield, Oso Punchard, Liam Jones and Cheyanne Stevens.last_img read more

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