PACE Management and O’Hara the right fit

first_imgTop international athlete management firm, PACE Sports Management, has revealed that new recruit, Jamaica’s Michael O’Hara, fits well into their philosophy of working with the best current and upcoming athletes, and tipped the ace youth sprinter to go on to become a world beater. PACE’s confirmation follows last Wednesday’s announcement that the teen had signed a professional long-term contract with German sports apparel manufacturer, Puma, and PACE Sports Management, respectively. PACE is headed by Ricky Simms and Marion Steininger. It currently works with some of track and field’s biggest names, including six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt. The firm has been instrumental in developing the iconic Jamaican into a global superstar, on and off the track. “PACE Sports Management likes to work with the top talents in track and field, and Michael (O’Hara) is certainly one of the world’s top young sprint talents,” Simms told The Sunday Gleaner. “We will now aim to help him make the transition to professional over the next few years,” he added, while noting that no pressure will be on the teenager to prove his worth too quickly. golden boy O’Hara is a recent ISSA/ GraceKennedy Boys Championships golden boy, with four gold medals from this year’s staging. He is also a 2013 World Youth 200 metres champion. He will be working alongside legendary sprint coach Glen Mills and Bolt’s personal manager, Nugent Walker. “He (O’Hara) will be under no immediate pressure. The next few years are about his progression and build-up to peak at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games,” Simms stressed. Simms, also a worldwide commercial and competition agent, added: “We are happy to welcome Michael to PACE Sports Management. He has been very successful so far in his career at the school, youth and junior levels.” O’Hara said he does not know how soon he will begin working with Racers Track Club. “I can’t say how soon I will start working with Racers, but I am very elated. I mean, it is a dream come true, so I am happy,” he underlined, while referring other questions to his management team. Other Olympic and World Champions stars from PACE include Britain’s Mo Farah, Christine Ohuruogu and Phillips Idowu, and Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot.last_img read more

DeGale backs O’Meara to win title

first_imgJames DeGale is backing his friend Steve O’Meara to become Commonwealth light-middleweight champion this weekend.Both men are products of Dale Youth boxing club in Notting Hill and as professionals have worked under trainer Jim McDonnell.McDonnell has nurtured O’Meara.And European super-middleweight champion DeGale believes O’Meara has what it takes to beat unbeaten Liverpudlian Liam Smith at the ExCel London on Saturday and win the vacant title.DeGale told West London Sport: “I’ve seen myself how much he wants it and how much work he’s put in.“I hope all that work pays off and I believe it will. I think he’s going to do it and no-one deserves it more.”O’Meara, who has won his last three fights with early knockouts, will be appearing on the undercard of fellow West Londoner George Groves’ Commonwealth super-middleweight title defence against former world champion Glen Johnson.And McDonnell, who has long been keen for O’Meara to fight for a major title, is confident his man will prevail.“With Steve we’re talking about a quality boxer who’s now also showing he’s got power to match.” said McDonnell.“The improvement in the guy has been phenomenal. When he first came he was probably the weakest guy in the gym. Not anymore.“He’s so strong these days and is ready to take his chance, no doubt about it.”West London Sport will have live updates from ExCel London during Groves and O’Meara’s title fights.See also:O’Meara stuns Toms in west London clashTrainer eyes title shot for O’MearaO’Meara aiming for title gloryO’Meara tipped for title glory in 2012Victory moves O’Meara closer to title shotSteve O’Meara v Tony Randell in picturesO’Meara to fight for Commonwealth titleGroves believes he can stop JohnsonGroves and DeGale in new war of wordsO’Meara ready to seize title chanceSteve O’Meara ‘excited’ as he prepares for his title clashWatch O’Meara and Smith weigh in ahead of their title fightDuo weigh in ahead of title 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers to be without second-leading receiver vs. Buccaneers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers will be without receiver Pierre Garçon and guard Joshua Garnett against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and that linebacker Reuben Foster is questionable to return.Foster has not played since he suffered a hamstring injury in the first half of the 49ers’ 18-15 loss to Arizona on Oct. 28 and Friday marked the third straight day he’s been limited in practice.“He’s looked better each day,” Shanahan said. “This has been his first week of practice, but …last_img read more

Bochy plays the hits early, Giants can’t carry a tune at the end of 16-inning marathon

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — When a rock star calls it quits, they go on one last tour and play all of the hits.Bruce Bochy is a rock star at Oracle Park, and his final six-game tour began on Tuesday with a matchup against the Colorado Rockies.Bochy’s band of Giants didn’t waste any time hitting the high notes, as the manager’s longest-tenured players –Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner– each homered in the game’s first three innings.At some point along the way, the Giants stopped humming. Their Tuesday …last_img read more

Swiss investment in SA multiplies

first_img5 September 2013Swiss investments in South Africa more than trebled between 2009 and 2012 compared to those made between 2003 and 2008, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies told Swiss businessmen and ministers on Thursday.Addressing the South Africa-Switzerland Business Forum in Cape Town, Davies said that Swiss companies had made 20 investments worth R13.9-billion in South Africa between in South Africa between 2009 and 2012, creating 7 000 jobs in the process.This compared to 12 investments worth R3.8-billion and generating 3 000 jobs between 2003 and 2008.Overall trade between the two countries had declined, however, falling from R21-billion in 2011 to R14-billion last year – a drop which Davies attributed to the slump in demand for platinum.Praising Switzerland as one of the most technologically advanced and sophisticated countries in the world, Davies said that with Europe stuck in low growth, Africa – the second fastest growing region in the world after Asia – offered huge opportunities for Swiss companies.“Switzerland is a country that we regard as strategic, very important, with very important skills and abilities.”Davies noted a recent survey by the Financial Times indicating that South Africa was the most favoured African destination for foreign investors.Swiss Federal Councillor for Economic Affairs, Education and Research Johann Schneider-Ammann told the forum that Switzerland likewise regarded South Africa as a strategic partner.He out that South Africa was Switzerland’s most important trading partner on the continent, adding that Switzerland was the fifth largest foreign investor in South Africa, where more than 100 Swiss companies employed over 35 000 people.Schneider-Ammann praised the Swiss-South African Joint Research Programme, set up in 2007, saying that the it now boasted 65 joint research projects.South Africa and Switzerland also signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation and trade promotion on Thursday.The agreement was signed between Switzerland Global Enterprise and the Department of Trade and Industry to promote market access for South African small businesses through the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (Sippo), which facilitates market access for small businesses from countries around the world.Daniel Kueng, CEO of Switzerland Global Enterprise – which helps foreign companies invest in Switzerland and overseas – said its South African office, started five years ago, was in high demand from Swiss investors.He noted that Switzerland accounted for five percent of foreign direct investment (FDI) worldwide and 1.4% of all exports, despite accounting for just one percent of the world’s population.Schneider-Ammann, who arrived in South Africa for a four-day trip on Wednesday, was due to hold meetings with Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom, and to visit various businesses along an accompanying delegation of science and business representatives.Source: read more

A Travel Bug Dream 29,157 Miles in the Making

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Center of the Trackable UniverseSeptember 15, 2011In “Community”Geocaching Travel Bug “WeeHawk” Predicts Football’s Biggest Game?January 31, 2014In “Community”2 Steps to Help Keep Your Travel Bug TravelingOctober 8, 2014In “Community” “Riding with Judi” Travel BugYou don’t know Judi Nordgren, but at the same time she’s probably as familiar as a favorite aunt. She’s described as a loving second mother to many, a woman with a heart as big as all outdoors and an avid motorcyclist. While you may know someone who fits Judi’s description, you’ll never have the pleasant opportunity to meet Judi. She passed away unexpectedly in 2005. She was 42.Even though you can never meet her, Judi’s family wanted you to know her. They created a Travel Bug, “Riding with Judi.”Netherlands- Team FriedeljanIts mission is to do what Judi had only dreamed. The Travel Bug wished to go around the world. The directions were simple, the message powerful and the act of those who helped “Riding with Judi” travel 29,157 miles can only be described as beautiful.It took more than four years and 60 stops. But riding with Judi is now in the same state where the Travel Bug started its journey. All those who touched “Riding with Judi” with their hands, they also felt it in their hearts. Judi’s family felt it too.They tell me they’re excited Judi has returned home and her wish to see the world honored by those who never meet her, but now know her.Australia – RottenWood Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

New exercises help athletes manage breathing disorder: study

first_imgWashington, Oct 16 (PTI) A novel set of breathing techniques can help athletes overcome vocal cord dysfunction and improve performance during high-intensity exercise, a study has found.Vocal cord dysfunction, now also referred to as exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO), improved for athletes after being trained to use the new techniques developed at National Jewish Health in the US.”These new breathing techniques could represent a breakthrough for athletes seeking help with breathing during training and competition,” said J Tod Olin, developer of the novel breathing techniques and Associate Professor at National Jewish Health in the US.EILO is characterised by involuntary and inappropriate closure of the upper airway during high-intensity exercise.EILO causes shortness-of-breath during exercise and reduced exercise performance, and can negatively affect an athletes ability to exercise and perform.An episode of EILO can be noisy and terrifying to patients and observers of episodes.It is diagnosed by observing the upper airway with a flexible camera inserted in the airway during an episode.The new breathing techniques, now named the Olin Exercise-Induced Laryngeal Obstruction Biphasic Inspiration Techniques (EILOBI), were developed and introduced by Olin, and are the subject of the research.Two-thirds of study subjects reported the techniques were effective in treating symptoms, while 79 per cent confirmed they can be implemented during a variety of sporting activities.Additionally, 82 per cent positively evaluated the teaching process. Nearly all of the subjects had received some form of respiratory retraining before learning one or more of the Olin EILOBI techniques.”The use of real-time video data from a continuous laryngoscopy allowed us to design a series of three breathing techniques that help athletes open their obstructed airways during high-intensity exercise,” said Olin.advertisementEach of the breathing techniques described in the research focus on precisely and intentionally changing airflow during the inhalation part of breathing.The “tongue variant” involves breathing in evenly between the nose and mouth.The “tooth variant” requires patients to generate high inhaling resistance by forcibly taking air in through their teeth, then quickly opening their mouth allowing air to flow freely.The third variant is the “lip variant” in which air is initially inhaled through pursed lips and then the mouth is abruptly opened, dropping resistance and allowing air to rush through the mouth. PTI MHN MHNlast_img read more

Beat the Hyderabad heat with these fun activities that are also healthy

first_imgRowed inFun KayakingIt’s no big deal that Hyderabad doesn’t have a beach, since a sunny afternoon can turn into a fun day of kayaking at the Hussainsagar Lake. So move over brunches for there’s a better way to spend a fun weekend-kayaking with friends, while finding an adrenaline rush too.,Rowed inFun KayakingIt’s no big deal that Hyderabad doesn’t have a beach, since a sunny afternoon can turn into a fun day of kayaking at the Hussainsagar Lake. So move over brunches for there’s a better way to spend a fun weekend-kayaking with friends, while finding an adrenaline rush too. “It is indeed about adrenaline and fitness besides fun,” says Suheim Sheikh, 51, founder president of the Yacht Club of Hyderabad, who started the kayaking sessions last year.And while knowing how to swim is good, it is not a criterion if you’d like to kayak, since lifejackets are given to everyone and you go into the water under proper supervision. The session starts with a few minutes of training outside the water on maneuvering the kayak by trained experts. “Rowing the kayak-especially if you are in a race-is about deriving thrills while burning the calories too, since you manage to exercise your upper body enough,” shares Sheikh.Teamwork can be an added skill you’ll end up learning as well. And it’s only a myth that only youngsters enjoy kayaking. “We’ve had 60-year-olds participate as well. All you need is a fit body and a sporty spirit, besides a hunger for adrenaline,” says Sheikh.Price Rs 650 onwardsAt The Yacht Club of Hyderabad Tank Bund RoadTel 8885062220 +918885062220Green bowlSummer saladsAsk her what’s cooking, and food blogger Arundati Rao, 38, will put together a full class on what you’d like to cook, instead. Her salad classes are booked much in advance-way before the onset of summer. And like her other classes, these are not a quiet affair. Her culinary studio-the first of its kind in town-bustles with knives striking chopping boards, her self-confessed “200 words per minute” instructions and detailed explanations to the occasional nutrition tidbit and some humour as garnish.advertisementPreviously a corporate trainer by profession, she used to be a far cry from the ‘kitchen queen’ that she’s turned into over the last seven years. “My interest in food back then was mostly about the eating bit,” she says, tossing spinach to make her version of the Lebanese tabouli salad. I don’t believe in strictly following recipes since there’s no point in struggling to get an exotic ingredient when you can easily replace it with something easier to find.For instance, jowar instead of bulgur wheat in this salad, or lobia and chana thrown in into a Mexican salad,” explains Rao. She also believes in making healthy food interesting and will show you how to up the nutrition quotient of just about anything. Refreshing and filling, these green and bean bowls are perfect for a complete healthy summer meal.Contact aidVegan Ice creamsBinging on ice cream this summer could be absolutely guilt-free and Madhulika Jajodia, 48, shows how. Completely vegan and with a sugarless option for each, these ice creams are made with healthy ingredients, “So an extra helping or two will only help rather than hurt,” she assures. Soft skills trainer turned animal rescuer, Jajodia took to being vegan several years ago but dabbled into her venture of home-churned vegan ice creams in 2015. “This was after much experimenting while trying to get my teenage sons to switch to vegan ice creams,” she says.Made with coconut milk, soy milk and cashew, the ice creams are flavoured using fresh seasonal fruits or the usual butterscotch and chocolate for people who prefer the tried and tested. Jajodia also makes several of her syrups at home with natural ingredients and none of her ice creams contain preservatives. “There’s barely any difference in the taste between vegan and other commercial ice creams, except that these are lighter and healthier,” says Jajodia. The sugarless option contains dates in place of the organic sugar she uses otherwise. Besides selling, she also holds demonstrations on making vegan ice creams at home and vegan cooking in general. Even today, she feels happier when the compliments for her ice creams come from non-vegans.Price Rs 300 per litreAt Alpine Heights, SomajigudaTel 8099662924 +918099662924Water worksAqua GymA multi gym in the water is not something out of a futuristic movie but a specialty feature at Leonia Resorts. “It’s a one-of-its kind in the city, if not in all of India,” says Akshat Iyangar, 25, sports manager at the aqua gym, while he’s in the midst of a core-strengthening routine in the water. “Keeping yourself afloat in water uses up energy and that’s how you burn more calories. Besides you get to use muscles of the arms that you would otherwise use sparingly,” he says.advertisementA lighter workout involves jogging in the water from one end of the pool to another for strengthening leg muscles. “Or why not get a treadmill inside the water as well?” offers Iyangar, demonstrating how it is done. Since the pool is always covered, the water turns rather cool and you need to constantly work to keep the body warm. Guests at the resort are encouraged to experience the benefits of training at the aqua gym, which has turned into a preferred fitness destination for the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad. “It’s exercising with no risk of sprains or injuries, or even breaking into a sweat. So why not do your crunches and ab training under water?” signs off Iyangar, diving back in.At Leonia Resorts, ShamirpetTel 66400000Pool movesWater DancingIt’s fun with the addition of fitness when you decide to get into the pool and groove to catchy tunes, waist down in the water. Abhimanika Yadav, 29, a model, dancer and fitness instructor ups the group’s energy with a water dancing session while leading the way from the front. “Since water offers greater resistance, you tend to burn nearly twice the amount of calories inside the pool,” says Yadav, barely breathless, between dance numbers.Her effortless moves come from a disciplined fitness regimen and training in Andhra natyam, a blend of Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam that she learnt from her mother at the age of three. Her seven-year-old son too is a complete natural and dances alongside Yadav in her classes. “He keeps everyone motivated with his unstoppable energy and is my dance partner of all time,” says Yadav.Come summer and her water dance sessions are in demand, designed to various themes. She’s had a session on pool dandiya in the past and also put together an Arabian theme for another event with fun props like tambourines and drums. “Ultimately, it’s all about finding ways to make fitness enjoyable,” adds Yadav.Website abhimanika.comSplash itAqua ZumbaIt’s an ‘age-no-bar, weight-no-bar’ deal at her aqua zumba classes and Vijaya Tupurani, 38, gets a high motivating people perform energetic moves, especially in the water. “The body tends to work more in water and you don’t even realise it till some time after you’ve stepped out of the pool and feel the crunch,” she says.But aqua zumba is not just a water version of floor zumba. “Instead, the choreography is altered to factor in the instability of standing in water,” Tupurani says. Chubbier women who can’t lift their weight up and jump normally would find it easier to do so in water. “During my first aqua zumba class three years ago, we had a hundred participants inside the pool, several of whom were on the obese side.Another plus, she says, is there are no mirrors and that helps people lose inhibitions. “They are no longer fixated on getting their steps right and being self-conscious about others watching. You aren’t so visible waist-down anyway,” Says Tupurani. Since 2013, when she introduced aqua zumba to the city, Tupurani has done more classes outside Hyderabad than back home. “We have a vibrant community of water fitness enthusiasts but not enough places with usable pools, like in Bangalore or Pune,” she rues, but hopes this situation will change soon.advertisementPrice Rs 600 onwardsWebsite read more