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May/June 2016 VOL 3 - ISSUE 1
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IN THIS ISSUE 2 Lux Limos Ultimate Fatherâ€™s Day Gift 4 The puck Stops Here ..Hockey Mom Rant 5 Rugby Canada, Canada vs Italy 6 The Facts About Summer Learning 7 ETS Summer Athletic Training Program 8 Durham FC Grassroots Soccer Camps 9 Edge Summer Hockey Camps 10 Oshawa Kicks Recreational Summer Camp 11 WGHA Series: Coach Spotlight 12 What You Need to Know When Choosing a Summer Hockey Camp 13 2016 Fall Skill Registration 14 Lady Blue Knights on the Road 16 Girls Softball, Something for Everyone 18-19 Awaken the Force this Spring for Summer Golf Performance 22 Geared to Golf Girls Club Program 23 GPC Golf Successes Are in Your Control 24 Whitby Warriors A 25 Clarington Shamrox 26 Whitby Warriors C - Off to a Good Start 28 Oshawa Vikings Try Rugby Day - Want to Play This Season? 29 Tree Top Eco Adventure Safe and Fun Activities 30 Whitby Eagles Softball Association 32 Whitby Sports Hall of Fame 34 Ajax Wanderers Family Day July 16th 35 Whitby Iroquois Soccer 36 Training for Athletic Performance - Building Abilities at ETS 37 Steve Nash Summer Basketball Camps 38-39 Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees 40 Twist
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The Puck Stops Here Hockey Mom Rant
By Diane Sokoloski
Girlsâ€™ hockey try-outs are finished for another season and the accompanying rumour mill has ceased operation for the summer, where it will be oiled and tuned-up at cottages and backyard barbeques. The mill will lurch to a start again just as teams hit the ice in the fall. Try-outs are stressful. Night after night the players skate in a fishbowl while everyone watches every move they make. My heartburn was relentless and I ate a lot of Tums. In keeping with my role as the ideas person in the family, I have an ingenious idea to publish a Hockey Try-Out Cookbook using Tums as the main ingredient: BLT- Bacon, Lettuce and Tums, French Canadian Tum-tierre pie, Tums-allini pasta and for dessert, Tira-Tumsa-misu.
for the fun of it. No. The Acorn Stairlift will never be fast enough for someone like me. If the Acorn company wants to invent a turbo-lift that will catapult me to the top of the stairs in two steamboats, then they have my attention.
There is another rumour that has been circulating in my house regarding my future relationship with the Acorn Stairlift. Acorn Stairlift television commercials have been airing with alarming frequency during NHL play-offs and my own children have decided that this apparatus will be perfect for me when I can no longer climb the stairs. The kids started this rumour and I believe my spouse Kip has had a hand in spreading it. Kip and I are barely middle aged, and in spite of the fact I happen to be a mere two years and ten months older than him, I continue to accomplish much more around the house and possibly in life, than he does. In the same time that Kip fiddles with the flushing mechanism in the toilet tank, I can circle the house three times admiring the flowers, gas up the car and check out the sales at Valu Village, answer my text messages with the appropriate animal emoji and run up the stairs two steps at a time just
NCAA March Madness basketball is more exciting and more fun to watch than the NBA. March Madness is pure basketball and the players look genuinely excited to play the game. The NBA is more like a Las Vegas show, starring giant, cocky men in giant and even cockier basketball shorts. March Madness reminds me of my high school basketball days in St. Catharines in the 70s. Those 7 am practices at Grantham High School headed by Coach Zeppa, were killers but the Grantham Gators persevered. Our team was awesome. I still have my chest of medals and ribbons that I flaunt in front of my children and Kip when my athleticism or my stair climbing abilities are called into question.
Have a nice spring.
THE FACTS - About Summer Learning By R. N. Whitehead The brain doesn’t have an off switch. Kids are always learning— even while sleeping, which is when the brain processes and stores the information that was learned throughout the day. That’s why, cognitively speaking, it doesn’t make sense for kids to take a complete break from learning over the summer. The idea of summer learning is not a new concept. Since the 1970s, researchers at John Hopkins University have been studying the fact that students lose academic ground over the summer. “Summer learning becomes more important to students with every grade, “says Oxford Learning. “Higher education is becoming increasingly competitive—students don’t have time to waste in the quest for better grades and summer is the best time to make improvements.” And yet, every summer, students who don’t engage in some form of learning lose academic momentum and neural connections that they had developed over the school year. By not maintaining an academic routine that stimulates cognitive functioning, students lose their learning momentum. According to the research, students who do not engage in academic activities over the summer break are statistically and consistently more likely start the new school year behind. They are also more likely to perform more poorly on standardized testing, even on tests that they may have already taken.
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grade-level equivalency in math skills during the summer months. Teachers typically spend between 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. Students spend an average of 60 days not engaging in any sort of mental activity.
According to Oxford Learning the solution to preventing summer learning loss is as simple as engaging in some form of academically challenging activity for a few hours a week. While there are plenty of at-home activities that can help children continue to learn, the best way to ensure that grades don’t drop over the summer is to take an academic class that maintains learning momentum. “Students don’t have to give up their summer,” says Oxford Learning. “It’s been proven that as little as two to three hours a week is all that kids need to avoid summer learning losses.” For more information on the facts about summer learning, or on any of the programs at Oxford Learning, call the location nearest you today. For over 30 years, Oxford Learning has been helping students of all ages and grade levels improve their academic skills. With 6 locations across Durham and Clarington, there’s one close to you! Visit us at www.oxfordlearning.com
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WHITBY GIRLS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION WGHA Series: Coach Spotlight By Diane Sokoloski
“My dad and I are successful coaches if every girl signs up to play again next year.”
“Hockey is more than a sport - it builds character, promotes teamwork, encourages fitness, exercise, strength and confidence.”
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“Our girls did incredibly well, gold in one tournament, silver in another and competing in the B championship. They were motivated and developed extremely quickly.”
“We won the league championship (14-3-2) and the Mississauga X-mas Tournament.”
BACKGROUND: ❚❚ played hockey since she was eight years old ❚❚ played rep for six years, dad was the coach BEST THING ABOUT COACHING: “Watching personalities develop and grow throughout the season. Knowing what incredible, powerful young women they will be. The girls became fifteen new little sisters and there was always one hanging off of me.” PHILOSOPHY: “The more you give the more you get. You will get more if you show up to every practice and go that extra mile.” P=P-I. Performance equals potential minus interference. “Performance is equal to what a player is capable of when obstacles that are going to hinder potential, are removed. We remind the girls to get obstacles out of the way to reach their potential. At this age there should be a balance between fun and seriousness.” FAVOURITE PRACTICE DRILL: “Dumping the puck into the circle and battling for it. This shows our girls how to be aggressive, but safe. They learn how to protect the puck in a way that they would not during other drills.” THE WHGA: “It is an incredible league that provides amazing opportunities for young women to play, volunteer or coach. Sometimes the road in hockey isn’t smooth, but just remember why you play. You need to be playing for you and that applies to any sport.”
BACKGROUND: ❚❚ Played for 50 years, still playing in men’s leagues ❚❚ Born and raised in Montreal, father & uncle played Jr. A, Memorial Cup ❚❚ Uncle was drafted by Boston in 1942 ❚❚ Daughter started WGHA in 2001 and Mark started as assistant coach ❚❚ Head coach every other year since, coached Select (DS) team for two years. BEST THING ABOUT COACHING: “The smiles. Being a part of the players’ lives as they grow and develop.” PHILOSOPHY: “Fun first, but when you teach the basics of skating, shooting and passing it is more fun to develop and improve. My main message is teamwork.” FAVOURITE PRACTICE DRILL: “Five girls in a star pattern around the circle, they quickly pass across to each other keeping the puck flat on the ice. One player goes around the circle to see if she can get back to her spot before the puck comes back around.” The WGHA: “It does an excellent job providing a positive and safe environment. Girls’ participation in sports continues to grow but it should be acknowledged in the media, and social media. It is also important to encourage more females to take coaching and administrative positions.” Durham.Totalsportsmagazine.ca
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW When Choosing a Summer Hockey Camp By: Mary Giacalone “Scary Mary”
Well winter is over and summer is on its way. That means that many hockey parents are starting to look at summer hockey camps. Whether your child is a first time camper or a seasoned veteran, there are a lot of factors to think about when registering your son/daughter in summer hockey camps. So before you fill out the registration forms, here are eight things to think about when choosing a hockey camp:
From half day to full day to week long, hockey camps should have other sports and activities included in the agenda. Camps these days have activities galore, and with each of these activities comes the opportunity for your son/daughter to gain new skills, If your son/daughter is highly interested in working on a specific skill or activity, and then a specialty camp might be a good fit for them. There are great power skating camps, stickhandling, camps, defensemen camps, and goaltending camps. Camp activities are as diverse and unique as the very campers that attend camp, so be sure to find a camp that offers activities that appeal to your camper.
The hockey camp community is forever growing and expanding, which means you can find summer camps located in every city in Durham Region. With so many camps out there, there are likely several camps to choose from within a reasonable distance from where you live. On hot summer days, are there water activities or air conditioning to keep the kids cool? If the camp has a lot of rain days, how are activities modified to keep kids safe and dry? Ask the questions.
3) Session Lengths
Looking for a camp that offers week long sessions? Or is your son/daughter interested in spending the whole summer at different hockey camps? Each camp’s session lengths vary, so make sure the camp you are interested in offers sessions that fit into your summer plans. Nervous campers might opt for a shorter stay like a half day camp, while the more independent camper might prefer a full day hockey camp that offers 2-3 weeks. Either way, don’t be surprised when your son/daughter has such a great time at camp that they aren’t ready to come home at the end the day.
4) Staff to Skater Ratios
Hockey camp is a great place for the kids to build independence and get a great taste of freedom, but the concern on every parent’s mind is safety. The amount of supervision provided varies from camp to camp. -Some camps allow campers to enjoy unsupervised time while other camps require constant direct supervision. Ask about staff-to-player ratios. At my full day hockey camps we always have a ratio of 5 skaters to every instructor. This is super important for correction and detection on and off the ice.
Food is a highly important part of day to day life, and meal times play an equally important role in the camp setting. Does the camp take peanut allergies or any food allergies seriously? Do they make sure that the camp is nut free? Do they respect kids that are vegan, eat gluten free? If your son/daughter has any dietary concerns or food allergies, be sure to ask about any meals that are provided to the kids from the camp for your son/daughters safety.
6) Medical Resources
When your kids are at a camp all day, you hope that they will never need to seek out medical attention, but kids will be kids and accidents do happen. In case an illness or injury does arise, you will want to know how medical situations are handled and who cares for kids who run into medical problems. Does the camp have a trainer or coach who has medical training?
7) Staff Hiring and Training
Knowing how the on/off ice instructors of a hockey camp are hired and trained is important when choosing a camp. Your son/daughters instructor/counselor will likely become their next role model and best friend, so you might want to look into where the counselors come from. At Scary Skate only our trained on ice instructors get to work at the camps and be with the skaters.
You don’t need to break the bank to give your child an amazing summer hockey camp. A huge price tag doesn’t necessarily mean a better camp experience, so think about what you are willing to spend before you start shopping around. . Although summer is still a distant thought, it is never too early to start planning an unforgettable experience for your kids. No matter what hockey camp you choose, your son/daughter will get a chance to challenge themselves, develop independence, and make countless new friends. While finding the right camp might be a challenging process, seeing the smile on your child’s face when they return home from camp will make the time and money spent so worth it.
The right hockey camp for your son/daughter is out there- time to kick the summer planning into gear and get ready for a great summer at hockey camp!
Until next time Scary Mary says see you at the rink…..
HAWKEYES FOOTBALL Submitted by Hawkeyes Football Welcome to the 2016 Season of the Hawkeyes Football Club! This year the Hawkeyes are celebrating their 57th year as Durham’s Premiere Football League. We provide football for youths’ ages 7 – 19 in our House League System, as well as, the Rep Level. Today, we have players that have graduated throughout our House League System, our Rep System, and have continued on to play football in University, as well, have reached the ultimate goal – playing in the CFL and even the NFL. Today we would like to celebrate our beginnings….. The year is 1959…. The Hawkeyes were the brainchild of Ted Morris, who was the then Chief Canadian Scout for the Toronto Argonauts. It was Ted Morris who met with the G.M. President at the time, E.H. Walker, and suggested that Oshawa needed a Junior Football Club. Mr. E.H. Walker took this idea and ran with it. It was his suggestion to originally call the new Junior Football Club the “Imps” after the new G.M. Impala. With the involvement of Ted Morris, the “Imps” teams’ colours were decided to be blue and white because of the connection and the support of the Toronto Argonauts. By 1961 it was decided to change the name from the “Imps” to the “Hawkeyes”. Although our name was changed our tradition of our teams’ wearing blue and white continues today as does our connection with the Toronto Argonauts. Celebrating 57 years would not have been possible without the countless volunteers, coaches, executives, sponsors, and our partnerships within the community. Today, the Hawkeyes continue to encourage and support youth football.
2016 DJGT Qualifier: Baxter Creek Golf Club The Fraserville, Ontario: The DJGT held its 24th annual tour qualifier at Baxter Creek Golf Club. The qualifier consisted of two 18-hole rounds of golf contested over two days, where athletes from across the Durham and Peterborough Regions competed for spots in the categories of Bantam boys (U15), Juvenile boys (U17), Junior boys (U19) and Girls (U19). The tour saw 82 athletes come out to vye for the 55 spots available for the 2016 season. Round one began Saturday and although it was raining and windy the golfers persevered. Despite high winds of up to 50km/h there were still birdies to be made; Dylan Stuckless of Oshawa G&CC shot 77 with two birdies to have the low round of the day. Coming into day two, our golfers were prepared for the weather with toques, mitts and many layers. Day two on the course saw not only high winds and rain, but hail and snow! Although tested by the elements and the golf course, no challenge was too great and the athletes completed their second round. Joshua Stalteri of Quarry Golf Club led the Bantam boys category with consistent scores of 81,81 for a 2-day total of 162. Close behind him were Henry Gay of Oshawa Golf & Country Club with a total of 166 and Aiden Hussey of Barcovan Golf Club with 167. In the Juvenile boys Dylan Stuckless carried his momentum into day two shooting a total of 157 (77,80), six-shots ahead of Simon Genich of Dalewood Golf Club (163) and Noah MacNab of Oshawa Golf & Country Club (164). The Junior boys category was won by Nicholas Pacione of Cherry Downs Golf & Country Club shooting a total of 159 (83,76) followed by Jackson Weichel of Peterborough Golf & Country Club (163) and Jack Riordan of Oshawa Golf & Country Club (166). The Girls category saw Ava Koukofikas of Cedarbrae Golf & Country Club lead the way shooting 85,88 for a total of 173. Hilary Cameron of Oshawa Golf & Country Club and Angi Lu tied for second with 2-day totals of 194. The tour would like to thank our partners Durham College & Durham Lords for their support, as well as the invaluable volunteers who make running the tour possible. We hope to see you all out at our next event @ Quarry Golf Club, May 29th for our Junior/ Parent best ball and rules seminar!
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LADY BLUE KNIGHTS ON THE ROAD Gearing up for the 2016 Season at Home and Away Submitted by the Lady Blue Knights Rosters are made and practices have begun. Our dedicated and hardworking Lady Blue Knight players are excited and gearing up for another successful season of Ontario Womenâ€™s Field Lacrosse. The Lady Blue Knights and clubs across Ontario compete May through August culminating in an always hard fought provincial championship. However, the Lady Blue Knights are always looking for new experiences and challenges, so we are on the road once again this summer! Our U19 and U15 Elite teams are off to Syracuse University to compete in the Nike Cup from June 27th to the 30th. The Nike Cup draws teams from across Canada, the United States and Europe and is more than just a tournament. It is a tremendous opportunity for our players to learn from and be seen by top NCAA coaches. Players will be led through skill sessions, practices and games. Our U15 Elite team will be looking to defend their title after winning the tournament last year.
Teams are also traveling to us as the Lady Blue Knight club will be hosting three U15 teams from England on July 11th and 12th. Lady Blue Knight U15 teams will not only play against the visitors, but billet them in their homes and host a fun day to welcome them. Each camp or tournament not only allows our players to learn from experienced coaches, play on exceptional fields and play games at a high level, it is also a time for team building, creating memories and a chance to make international lacrosse friendships.
A convoy of Blue Knight teams will be heading to Lansing, Michigan to take part in the Great Lakes Lacrosse Invitational from July 8th to the 10th. U19 Competitive 1 and 2, U15 Competitive, U13 and U11 Elite and Competitive teams are eager to again make the trip and compete against clubs from across the United States. Our U13 Elite and U19 Competitive teams are also looking to defend their titles after winning their divisions last year.
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GIRLS SOFTBALL Something for Everyone Submitted by Whitby Lightning It is the mission of the Whitby Girls Softball Association to promote, foster and encourage growth and development of the game of softball for girls as well as to teach the qualities of good sportsmanship and fair play through active competition and enjoyment. For over forty years we have made this our top goal. For girls aged 5 through 24 years, being a member of our program means fun, friendship and a sense of team spirit - all while developing softball skills. As the weather turns milder we are excited to get started, and we aren’t the only ones. Registration has been robust and we are looking to field at least forty-six teams. As a member of WGSA you don’t just join a team, you join a community. This is fostered throughout the season and through our off-season activities. In fact, this winter just past has seen many of our members participate in pitching, catching and conditioning clinics, a free Movie Day, the Whitby Santa Claus parade and two free skating events! All were great ways to keep our summer friendships strong! Now however, as ball season is fast approaching, those friendships can once again swing into high-gear. As always, WGSA offers regular house league games and practices (averaging twelve games per division plus playoffs), organizes a number of skills development clinics and special events that will ensure players will enjoy their season. Kicking things off is our annual Skills Day, a fun day for players from Mite to Novice age groups where they engage in running, batting and throwing competitions. This year our Skills Day will be held on Saturday, May 28th at the softball diamonds at Iroquois Park. Once again, team pictures will be taken at the same time. For our youngest players (ages 5 - 8), we have created a fastpaced program, which we call Learn to Play and Advanced Learn to Play, where the focus is on fun and skill development. The girls learn the skills of softball in a manner suited to their age and attention span while running around with their friends. We are extremely proud of these divisions as both of our goals have been consistently achieved: the girls are having more fun
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than ever and they go into the next division well prepared for full softball games. For more competitive softball players, WGSA Lightning Select is an enhanced athlete development program available from Mite to Midget which competes with the best in Ontario. Tryouts for these teams were held during the last two weeks of April. Select teams participate in weekend tournaments in municipalities throughout Ontario, giving the girls an opportunity to play at this higher level. Whitby will be hosting the Midget Select Provincial Championships at Iroquois Park on the weekend of August 27th and 28th. Player’s parents find we offer an affordable and enjoyable environment for their daughters, regardless of skill level. In addition, while many parents wish to come to the diamond purely as fans, those with the time and interest will find opportunities to participate through scorekeeping, coaching or offering their special skills. Our organization cannot run without such dedicated volunteers and their contributions are appreciated. WGSA also supports a Junior Board, composed of players from several different divisions, which provides input to the WGSA executive from the players’ perspective. This input has proven invaluable as these young players are so enthusiastic about the sport of softball. Finally, looking far toward the end of the year, many of our players will wrap up another great season by attending a Blue Jays game together on September 24th when the New York Yankees are in town. Tickets are on sale now to members while supplies last.
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Awaken the Force this Spring for Summer Golf Performance By: Jeff Roux, BPE, CSCS, TSCC - Gold
“Golf is deceptively simple; and endlessly complicated.”– Arnold Palmer What we do in the Spring, reveals itself in the Summer. Now is the time to build the foundations so that you can perform from the tee to the green this summer. Few people think of golf as exercise and most underestimate the physical requirements and the demands on the body. Don’t let the casual clothes, golf carts and the 19th hole fool you. Whether you are a single digit handicap or play winter rules until August, a properly designed golf conditioning program can be essential to bringing down your score and keeping you healthy. Despite the seemingly easy physical requirements of the game overall, the explosive power and rotational forces of the golf swing can put tremendous strain on the spine, knees, shoulders, elbows and wrists. Elite athletes are able to adjust and react so quickly under dynamic conditions that they demonstrate the impression of complete fluidity and control even when the movement is dynamic and explosive. Think about the best current golfers and the best swings of all time, they move with such a seamless grace and ease that appears smooth and easy, and yet was violent, explosive and beautiful at the same time. Balance, stability and mobility allow them to utilize all of their strength, speed, power, and skill and help them to maximize their true athletic potential.
Building the Golf Swing Foundation from the Inside Out “Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result.” – Tommy Armour The Golf swing is an athletic, explosive full body movement requiring dynamic mobility, explosive power, stability and postural control. The swing involves the entire kinetic chain of movement from the feet and ankles up into the legs, through the power centre of the hips and Core, up into the upper back, shoulders and neck and out through the arms and hands. Since golf is dominated by movements that are predominantly in one direction, it is crucial that a golf conditioning program works to develop balance in opposing muscle groups and movement patterns in order to keep the body balanced and prevent injury.
Stability Martial arts and boxing coaches have often used the adage, “you can’t fire a cannon from a canoe” to describe the importance of a strong, stable core to provide the stability and leverage for their athletes. Although this adage holds true for most sports, it is essential for golfers. We all know the golf swing is unforgiving at the best of
times and any breakdown in the mechanics of the process can have a detrimental effect on performance and you will spend more time off the fairway than on it. Before you can worry about explosive rotation, golfers need to develop a strong stable core to provide the leverage to move fluidly and explosively. The Golf swing happens in many planes, not in simple flexion and extension. Stabilizing the joints involved in the golf swing so that the parts that need to move, can move properly and the parts that should not move, remain stable, is a key element of success. Forget about crunches and back extensions, golfers need to focus on core bracing over 360 degrees of stability, postural control, shoulder girdle integrity, hip stability and pelvic control set the stage for the explosive rotary forces of the golf swing. Golfers spend a lot of time learning, practicing, and perfecting their ability to hit the long ball. It always feels great to connect on that perfect drive, and men certainly want to be sure to at least get it past the red tees to avoid the traditional repercussions. True golf success is a unique mixture of biomechanics, swing efficiency, skill, fine motor control and overall athleticism. As we see more and more on tour these days, golfers who are better athletes are better golfers.
Mobility Stability must be developed in conjunction with Mobility in order to give the golfer the best opportunity for success on the golf course. Where Flexibility focuses on the range of motion of specific isolated muscle groups, mobility is all about efficient, smooth, biomechanically correct athleticism in motion for optimal performance. The golf swing is a highly coordinated, 3-D movement pattern that requires a fluid range of motion, explosive triple extension from the rear foot ankle, knees and hips along with powerful trunk and hip rotation. Any restrictions in mobility will result in restricted, inefficient movement and the stress of the swing being directed to ligaments and joints rather than allowing the golfer’s muscles handle all of the force production and force absorption. Developing proper movement patterns are essential for all athletic movements and strength training exercises; the golf swing is no exception. Anytime you load or increase velocity of a dysfunctional movement pattern, there is an increased risk of injury. A chain is only as strong as the weakest link and in the golfer’s case, the weakest link is usually the lower back (lumbar spine), shoulder girdle (rotator cuff) and elbow (golfer’s elbow – medial epicondylitis). Movement efficiency should always take priority over added intensity and load.
Strength: The Force Awakens Building strength and muscle mass is not just about looking god in the latest Golf shirt but about improving force production, resilience and performance. Once we have developed the stability and mobility of the golfer under control inside the canoe, it is time to build the cannon! When it comes to force production, deadlifts, front and back Squats, lunging patterns and multi-joint pushing and pulling movements are key to the development of the foundational strength for the primary muscle groups. However, golf is 3-dimensional, rotational sport, executing movements in more diagonal and rotational patterns in also essential to strength development. Although strength and power go hand in hand, traditional strength training can actually be detrimental to power production. This is why many golfers avoid strength training as they are worried their muscles will get in the way. A proper strength foundation built on a stable, mobile athletic base and then progressed to maximize power production is the ultimate option for the golfer.
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Power development involves increasing the speed outputs of the entire body as the golf swing is a total body athletic action. It is more than just mimicking the golf swing. Power development involves a higher level of technical execution and understanding in order to maximize success and minimize injury. Progressive Plyometric training for the legs, core and upper body, implementing progressive tempo changes within the training program and even progressing to Olympic lifts when appropriate can all lead to improved power production. Spring golf conditioning will help each golfer uncover weak links in the kinetic chain and progress to build the balance, dynamic mobility, linked strength and rotary power to hit the ball further, score better and, most importantly, stay healthy for the long golf season ahead. Building an athletic foundation and training athletically will allow golfers to develop all of the components necessary to safely enhance swing efficiency. Putting in the time on the course, perfecting the technical aspects of the swing and getting the ball in the hole is up to you.
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Yodaâ€™s advice also applies to golf. When it comes to injury prevention and movement control, we must also consider force control. This starts with the postural muscles of the upper back to control the arms and trunk rotation and extends down though the entire posterior chain of the back through the hips, hamstrings and calves. Without these braking muscles, golfers would fall on their face after a big rip. Depending on the day and how many times the beer cart has come by, some do anyway. Power production involves producing the greatest amount of force in the shortest amount of time. For athletes, it also means controlling that force and for golfers, in means keeping everything else technically perfect at the same time. When movements become faster and more explosive they also become more complex and coordinated from a nervous system perspective and that makes them more difficult to execute efficiently. Power development in the golf swing equates to increased swing speed, ball speed, and more carry on your shots. Power efficiency is affected by the mechanics of the swing and by the physiological ability of the golfer to produce force fluidly and explosively. Better golf swing mechanics means a more powerful golf swing and a stronger more powerful body means you can produce more strength and power, specifically in this case Rotary Power.
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Positive Reflections Finding the Right One Now By: Golf Performance Coaches
Golf Performance Coaches programs have been evolving nicely into our outdoor phase, and with the change in weather comes the spectre of junior golf competitions and the associated emotions and experiences. So after five months of deliberate skill development in our technical and physical “pillars”, we are seeing many of the players shift their focus towards the concepts of creating ideal states for performance and execution. It’s so nice to be able to get so many hours of the hard work on technique and physique done in the quiet months of the winter where nobody needs to worry about big events and double bogeys. And now we can start to talk about topics that are critical for optimizing performance but that aren’t focused on the classic “is my swing good?” We’ve also been reading some cool books lately, and one in particular has been most interesting in terms of our training sessions: “Bring Your A Game - a young athlete’s guide to mental toughness” by Jennifer Etnier, who is a professor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In this book, her aim is to provide a useful study of core themes in sport psychology and present them in a way that speaks to young athletes. But coaches and parents can also derive some very useful advice from the work, and our view has always been that athletes, coaches and parents must all work from the same page in order to have the best support for our athletes. “After a good performance you should use language and attributions that will contribute to your confidence in your ability to play well and that will suggest that future successes are likely and in your control” Jennifer Etnier One section in particular has been keeping our minds going here at GPC headquarters, and this is in chapter 9, where Etnier presents the concept of “Attributions” - a term sport psychologists use to describe how an athlete describes the outcome of a given event. Anyone who has stood near a leaderboard or scoring tent at a junior competitive event can attest that the majority of attributions we hear from a young athlete’s mouth is largely negative and self deprecating - a series of “I can’t believe I three putted X times”, or “I totally choked the last holes”, and so on...When young athletes tend to describe how the event went they tend to use very negative language. Negative attributions are a problem because if you use them with regularity you can’t help but deflate your self-confidence. The way in which we reflect on the round or practice that just happened will have an impact on all of your successive rounds or practices - and so you must be careful with the type of language and the tone you use when reflecting on a performance or outcome. And this is great advice not only for athletes, but for the coaches, peers, and parents to whom most of these words will be directed. As we support an athlete, we can help them by steering their reflections towards more positive and productive language. Etnier’s book runs parallel to the oft-quoted work of Carol Dweck, the Stanford professor whose work entitled “Mindset” caused quite a stir in the performance world by dividing types of people into either “fixed” or “growth” mindsets. The fixed mindsets see themselves as finite and complete - destined to be who they are forever (i.e “I’m just a bad chipper”). The growth mindsets are open to the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing. In Dweck’s work, the conclusion
is that as parents and coaches we are best served to frame feedback in a way which nurtures a growth mindset and should avoid saying things that would contribute to a fixed mindset. For example, it would be better to say something like “wow, I’m proud of how you really worked hard today” rather than saying something like “wow you are so good”. The reason is that the former statement gives the athlete confidence about a process (working hard) that if they repeat will help them grow and develop. The latter statement, however, is a dangerous piece of feedback which may set an athlete up for difficulties because if ever they aren’t playing well they will feel the added pressure of not being “so good”. In many cases, athletes who are fixed will avoid situations where they may be exposed for not being “so good”... But back to Etnier and attributions: The key action that an athlete can take is to make more positive attributions when performance is solid or excellent. An athlete must acknowledge and take credit for the skills that they have performed well. It nice to be humble, but if you play well and perform well its important to take credit as this will really help to inflate your self-confidence. In this humbling sport we all love, we haven’t met many young players that wouldn’t benefit from increasing their confidence and self-belief. So the message is that by using attributions that take credit for a good performance and to relate them to a good process (“I worked really hard to prepare for this”) as opposed to calling it luck or chance, we set ourselves up with more confidence and a belief that future performances will go well too. And then as you reflect on what may be a poor performance, the key is to speak about the facts and controllable processes that may have failed, - you might say “my stroke was off on shorter putts” or “I wasn’t able to focus when I needed to”. You try to speak in ways which acknowledge the negative results, but in constructive ways - ways that can be acted upon. You acknowledge the errors you made in such a way that offers a way to be better next time. The opposite is to use negative attributions - terms like “I’m such a choker”, or “I just can’t chip”. When we phrase our reactions in this way we set ourselves up for bruised confidence and we start to believe that the errors might in some way be permanent - some demon or flaw that will repeat itself forever. The epitome of a fixed mindset. “It is critically important that you protect your self-confidence by attributing losses to things that you can improve on and to things that are not part of you, and by attributing successes to things that you can control and that are part of you” Jennifer Etnier We continue to be fascinated with the study of how performance and emotional state interact, and particularly how we speak and reflect on our practice and performance. And this has become a touchstone topic in our winter coaching programs. We encourage athletes, parents and peers to help each other to optimize performance by choosing words and reactions more carefully the next time you reflect on a practice session or a performance. If nothing else it will help us all to become more growth oriented and will help to inflate our self-belief.
The Warriors are gearing up for another great season in 2016!
Warriors Well Represented in NCAA Sean Darroch Connor Kearnan Keenan Cook
Whitby Warriors Are Durham’s JR A Lacrosse Team Durham’s, Whitby Warriors JR A lacrosse team opened their 2016 season with a little help from NLL retiree Gavin Prout, a newly inducted Whitby Sports Hall of Famer, Warrior alumni, and proud sponsor, who was on hand for the Ceremonial face off. Unfortunately, despite the presence of Lacrosse Royalty the Warrior’s came up short, losing their home opener to the Northmen 6-5. Although frustrated, for the Warriors, this is not an unusual occurrence for a team who historically has had to wait until June for a full bench to return from playing NCAA Lacrosse South of the border, and this year is no exception. This season the Warriors boast 6 players who have managed to earn scholarships and have been playing High level field lacrosse for Universities/Colleges in the USA. These kids have dedicated their lives to lacrosse and despite leaving every fall to spend over 25hrs / week practicing or playing Field lacrosse, the fastest growing sport in the USA they return home every summer to dedicate themselves to Canada’s summer sport, “Box lacrosse”. (Players returning home for the 2016 season include; Keenan Cook (Siena), Sean Darroch (Lindenwood), Bennett Drake (Albany), Connor Kearnan (Canisius), Connor Laird (Lindenwood), Tristan Rai (Lehigh)) If you ask the coaches what they think about the slow start, they will tell you, it is not uncommon and therefore no need for panic. The coaches believe in the boys and know it is only a matter of stringing a couple of wins together that changes a season and the losses, other than the game against Burlington, have been tight. “We are right there” says Warrior’s GM, Greg O’Connor
“the league has parity and the boys are young and just starting to learn that nothing gets handed to you”. “Hard to know how to win, unless you learn how to lose” laughs O’Connor. In Talking with Warrior’s President, Al Matthews about the lethargic start he attributes it to a lack of fans. When asked to elaborate, Mr. Matthews states “all professional sports such as the NLL rely on Jr. Programs to sustain their high compete levels. If we are not careful, the sport of Lacrosse will die out” he says. “It’s a shame; these boys dedicate themselves to this sport so it is disheartening to see so many empty seats”. Mr. Matthews, father of NLL and Team Canada Superstar as well as Warrior alumni, Mark Matthews, is quite passionate about the team. Although his son has moved on to bigger and better things Mr. Matthews continues to support and advocate for the younger players stating, “For most of these boys, playing in front of a packed venue is pretty high on their bucket list and I am not going to lie, having people in your corner rooting for you when you’re down, well that makes a difference, you play better. It means that little bit more” The Warriors are comprised of kids from all over the Region, Oshawa, Uxbridge, Clarington and Whitby, so, they are hoping that fans from all over Durham will come out to help raise the Roof at Iroquois Park Arena every Tuesday to let the boys know that, as a community, the sport of lacrosse and their hard work means something. By having fans in the stands, it supports the game and in return will grow the game! Let’s Go Warriors!
Clarington Shamrox Looking for More than Just a Perfect Season By: Clarington Shamrox
Clarington Shamrox are starting off their 2016 season exactly as they did last season, scoring lots of goals and being stingy with what they allow. This year’s victories have already included a win against last year’s Meredith Cup champions Peterborough’s JRC Lakers who, no doubt are vying to repeat their winning season. Although the Shamrox are poised again to take back the title which, they have won 4 previous times and came close doing again last year, before losing to The Lakers in the semi- final round, there are some key things that need to fall into place. Despite last year’s perfect season General Manager Brian Munro knows all too well that opportunities can come and go in the blink of an eye, especially if a team becomes complacent. Providing his thoughts on last season, Munro stated “Last year’s outcome hurt because, well, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t trade in a perfect season to win the Title. That’s what we are here for, that’s why we play the game, to win the Cup.” When asked about this upcoming season and what can be expected, Head Coach Brock Harris proudly admits that the team will be “very strong” again this season but admits progression and improvement is always expected. According to Coach Harris, the team returns “a very good core group, including the league’s top 2 leading scorers” in Liam Osbourne and Aaron Woods. This, coupled with the “addition of some younger players will really add that much more depth, at every position”. Even though the team is leaning in the direction of continued success, Coach Harris knows that it will all come down to “Commitment and conditioning” if they plan on regaining the right to be called Champions. If anyone is interested in catching a game, the Shamrox can be seen, at Rickard arena which has affectionately been dubbed the “Shammy Shack”. The costs of games are $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and Children under 12 are free. Not a lot to pay for 2.5hrs of some very spirited, fast paced entertainment. So, check your pockets for that spare change and come on out to help support your home team, The Clarington Shamrox. GM Brian Munro wants it understood “Everyone is welcome at the “Shammy Shack”.
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The 2016 season got off to a great start with a strong showing in Huntsville. In the season opener, the Warriors played tough on both ends of the floor winning 4-2. After a couple of tough losses against Peterborough the Warriors got their first home win against Cornwall winning 12-7 at the McKinney Centre. After six games the Warriors are 3-3 and sit in the middle of the East Division six points behind Peterborough and Clarington.
Offensively the Warriors have been led by David Cormack (22 points), Wyatt Craik (20 points), and Austin Tracogna (14 points). The Warriors play their home games at the McKinney Centre. Come out and watch some great lacrosse. For all live updates, check out our twitter page @warriors_jrc. Day Date Location Time Home Visitor Friday 13-May McKinney 1 8:00pm Whitby Peterborough Saturday 14-May McKinney 1 7:00pm Whitby Cornwall Wednesday 25-May McKinney 1 8:00pm Whitby Clarington Friday 27-May McKinney 1 8:00pm Whitby Huntsville Friday 03-June McKinney 1 8:00pm Whitby Barrie Friday 10-June McKinney 1 8:00pm Whitby Huntsville Saturday 11-June McKinney 1 7:00pm Whitby Gloucester Saturday 02-July McKinney 1 7:00pm Whitby Cornwall
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Try Rugby Day - Want to Play This Season? It is not too Late to Register The Vikings Hosted a TRY Rugby Day to introduce the sport of rugby to 75 youth on Saturday May 1st. WANT TO PLAY THIS SEASON? IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER The Vikings Rugby Club Provides the sport of rugby to players of all ages in the Durham Region for boys and girls programs. Our Junior Season starts once the high school season ends. For more information visit our website at www.vikingsrugby.ca VIKINGS RUGBY CLUB TO HONOUR DONEVAN SCHOOLBOY 7-A-SIDE teams FROM THE 1960’S Vikings Rugby Football Club will be honouring the Donevan Schoolboy Sevens teams that won the ALL-ONTARIO championships in the 60’s. These teams won a total of 11 championships! The Donevan Schoolboys helped formed the core of the Oshawa Vikings in the 60’s and beyond, and some of us are still affiliated with the club after 50 years! On the Vikings Alumni Day on Saturday June 18 the Vikings will be inviting Donevan Alumni for a presentation at 1 p.m., and a full day of Vikings Rugby. For more information visit our website at www.vikingsrugby.ca
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TreeTop Eco-Adventure Safe and Fun Activities By: Karen Richards Nestled among the trilliums in North Oshawa, TreeTop EcoAdventure Park provides people with an experience that is sometimes hard to come by in Canada. In the Caribbean canopy tours and zip lines are abundant, but one thing that isn’t abundant in the Caribbean is safety regulations. In Canada, and Ontario in particular, our safety requirements are often 100 times more stringent than those in tropical countries. Our governing body, the TSSA, puts quite a bit of requirements on aerial parks and zip line operators making it one of the safest activities you can do outdoors. New for 2016 TreeTop Eco-Adventure Park is introducing two new systems that make our park 100 per cent safe while still maintaining a high level of fun and excitement. On our three adults courses we now have the CliC-It Mechanical Belay system. It works by a series of magnets and wires within the mechanisms themselves to completely eliminate the ability to unclip yourself while you are in midair. It is physically impossible to fool the mechanisms and therefore makes the adult courses safer then they have ever been. There is over 60 different elements or games in the trees including 6 zip lines with our Big Zip at 734’ and our Canyon Zip at 85’ in the air. Travers the Canyon Bridge and get of feel for walking in the clouds. Our other new system is the Safe Roller Continuous Belay
system on the children’s course. This system is simply a pulley on a tether attached to the children’s harness. There is no clipping and unclipping, the staff member at the children’s course helps slide the roller onto the wire at the beginning of the course and helps them slide off at the end. Children as young as five-years-old can now participate on the children’s course and there is no height requirement now for children. Parents love the added safety feature and kids love the freedom of zooming through the trees. In addition to our courses we also offer Combat Archery. It is a game that takes elements of dodgeball and combines them with the ancient art of archery. What is more fun then shooting a foam tipped arrow at your friends or family members and battling them on the field like Katniss or Oliver Queen? Team rates start at $30.00 per person which includes HST. We do offer special rates for school groups, sports teams, birthday parties and corporate events as well as a discount for our everyday heroes in the emergency services; Police, Fire, EMT and the Military. For reservations call 905-655-1113 and for more information, pictures and video check us out on Facebook, Twitter @TreeTopEco, Instagram @ treetopeco-adventurepark or visit our website at www.izipped.ca.
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Whitby Eagles Softball Association By Meagan Baird The Whitby Eagles youngest teams trained hard all winter long to finally step out on the dirt for the Whitby Spring Fling Tournament at Iroquois Park in Whitby on May 7th and 8th. The Mite (10U) softball team started their winter training in January 2016 one night a week to prepare for the upcoming season. The Squirt Minor and Major teamâ€™s (12U) also prepped indoors but started their training back in October 2015. The Whitby Eagles Association
funds a gym one night a week for all of their teams within the association to practice and prepare over the winter months for their competitive season. The Whitby Mites went 2-0 on Saturday May 7th, Whitby Squirt Minor team won bronze and the Whitby Squirt Major team won Silver. The Spring Fling is usually the first tournament of the year for many teams; it is a great tournament to start the season off for these young players. The Eagles are fielding a total of 8 elite rep teams from
Mite (10U) to Senior (21 and up). Teams participate in the North York Womens League during the summer months of May to August, against teams North and East of Whitby, the teams in each division vary depending on age groups. All Whitby Eagle teams also participate in tournaments across North America throughout the course of the year. The Whitby Eagles have been a strong competitive Rep Association since 1995, with many of their players playing for Team Canada, Division 1 and 2 scholarships to the United States and players at Canadian Universities and Colleges. For more information on our Association, Teams, and Tournaments please visit our website at www.whitbyeagles.ca.
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Whitby Sports Hall of Fame This Year’s Inductees’ By: Dallas Knowles The 2016 Whitby Sports Hall of Fame Gala was held on Saturday, April 30 at Royal Ashburn Golf Course. This year’s induction class comprised of three very worthy individuals who have all made a major impact in their sports and the Town of Whitby. David Branch (Builder-Hockey,) Gavin Prout (Athlete-Lacrosse,) and Jason Pottinger (AthleteFootball) were all honoured at this year’s gala. The main floor at Royal Ashburn was lined with the pictures of all of the past Hall of Fame Inductees giving the guests a visual reminder of the rich sporting history of Whitby. The night was hosted by Rob Snoek, Sports Director, Durham Radio and the keynote speaker was Sportsnet Anchor Ken Reid who both did a great job entertaining the crowd. The first inductee to speak was Jason Pottinger who grew up in Whitby playing football for Henry Street High School and the Oshawa Hawkeyes before moving on to McMaster University and later the CFL. While at McMaster Jason was twice named a First Team All-Canadian and also awarded the President’s Trophy as the defensive MVP of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) league. Jason also had a very successful CFL career winning the Grey Cup as a rookie with the BC Lions in 2006 and again with the Toronto Argos in 2012. At the ceremony Jason spoke about how important his high school and youth coaches and volunteers were to his development into a professional football player. Gaving Prout was the second inductee of the night and like Pottinger he stressed how proud he was of his Whitby roots and how important all of his minor coaches were to his success as a lacrosse player. Gavin started his lacrosse career in Whitby and then moved on to play Junior A with the Warriors, where he won two Minto Cups, and then Senior A with the Brooklin Redmen where he won a Mann Cup. After junior Gavin enjoyed a successful career playing
professional lacrosse in the NLL and also representing Canada in both indoor and outdoor lacrosse. Gavin reflected back on his younger playing days and the dedication and hard work that was instilled in him by legendary lacrosse coach Jim Bishop. The final inductee of the night was David Branch who entered the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame in the Builders category for his lifetime dedication to hockey both at the minor and junior levels. David has been the Commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) since 1979 and also the President of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). Even with his responsibilities with junior hockey David still dedicates his time to coaching minor hockey in Whitby often times with his sons behind the bench with him. Originally from Bathurst, New Brunswick David spoke of how the community roots and sporting background that attracted him and his family to the Town of Whitby. All three of this year’s inductees are very proud of their connection to Whitby and how the Town has helped them in their sports careers. It was also nice to see so many Hall of Fame members from previous years at the gala to support this year’s inductees. Overall the night was a rousing success from start to finish and it really highlighted how important sports are to the makeup of the Town of Whitby. A big thank you to Whitby Sports Hall of Fame President Rocky Gualtieri and the entire Committee for all of the hard work in organizing such a fantastic night. Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Whtby Sports hall of Fame.
Training for Athletic Performance - Building Abilities at ETS
By: Mark Fitzgerald - Head Strength & Conditioning Coach / Anaheim Ducks NHL – 2015-Present / Toronto Marlies AHL – 2009-2013 / Oshawa Generals – 2008- 2013 / UOIT Ridgebacks – 2007- 2015 /Director Of Health & Performance – Canadian Hockey League /Head of Performance Training – University of Ontario Institute of Technology /Durham College / Head of Off-Ice Development – Whitby Minor Hockey Association /Lead Training Advisor – Under Armour Canada At Elite Training Systems we pride ourselves on building the complete athlete inside & outside of the gym, that’s why a growing number of professional hockey, football, lacrosse, rugby and baseball players continue to trust us with their In Season & Off Season training programs. An athlete’s training session always begins with a proper Warm Up performed by each & every athlete when they arrive at ETS. Properly warming up is crucial to these athletes, as this sets the tone for their training session, as well as develops good daily habits. Warm Up begins with some myo-fascial release (Foam Rolling or using Tune-Up Balls), as well as some general flexibility work. We have found these warm up practices necessary for our athletes as it aids in the release of tension that is built up throughout everyday life in the fascial tissues of the body. Now it is time to get the athletes moving. At ETS we have our EDD’s, this refers to Everyday Drills for our Warm Ups & these drills are performed regardless of the body part being trained that day. Phase four of the Warm Up is specific to upper or lower body depending on what is being trained that day & once again there are standardized exercises for each of these to help our athletes prepare for their training session. These include a mix of Dynamic & Static Stretches to hit every essential part to reduce risk of injury, as well as, maximize speed & power. Finally, athletes finish their Warm Up with Plyometric exercises consisting of jumping, marching or medicine ball work to make sure they are fully prepared for what lies ahead that day. The idea of sport specific training is not something we focus on at Elite Training Systems. Instead our Programs are based on building the complete athlete & the abilities needed to perform in whatever field of play they are looking to compete on. Athleticism is our focus, with small tweaks & changes to Programs for athletes who play different sports. Our philosophy at ETS is based around long term progressions, which lead to developing strong & most of all, functional & healthy athletes. This progression starts with the first training session, where our Coaches focus on restrictions & movement patterns to assess an athlete & how to approach the programming process. All Programs are created in regards to how long the athlete will be training with us, as well as, how many days a week they will be training. Proper Program implementation is key in developing the abilities of the athlete. Too much too soon or not enough can be detrimental to the athlete. Build the plan & execute the plan. Our staff of Strength & Conditioning Coaches are just that; Coaches. Every Coach’s main focus during the training sessions is the execution of the movement & maintaining the quality of that movement throughout the required time. Constant coaching means our Coaches are always evaluating, correcting
& cueing the athletes to make sure every rep is performed properly. This refers, not only to the movement & technique of the exercise, but also tempo. Tempo or time under tension is crucial for athletes looking to develop strength, which should be all of them! This is where the distinction is made between training for athletic performance, opposed to just ‘working out’. When performance is the end goal, the management of time under tension becomes one of the key aspects & must be implemented differently with each & every athlete. Without the foundation of strength, all others aspects of performance will be unattainable & potentially put the athlete in a position of harm. At ETS we spend an extended period of time focusing on strength training, as it leads into all other aspects of performance, such as power, explosiveness & energy system development. As our ETS athletes build their foundational strength, the next step in their Program begins to take shape. Typically our athletes go through blocks of training lasting 3-4 weeks in length, of course there are many variables & this is speaking hypothetically. These ‘blocks’ are intense fragments of their program that will focus on unique aspects of the individual’s needs & target weakness or improper movement patterns to be corrected. Typically the blocks have built in ‘down time’ or as we call it ‘de-load’ time where the focus shifts to regeneration as the next phase approaches. Having a Program that implements stress or load properly is key to achieving the results an athlete is looking for & allowing rest or down time is critical in achieving the desired outcome. Train Hard, Rest Harder. Building a proper Program for an athlete, whether it is In Season or Off Season should always be done with the end goal in mind. Meaning that progression is key. At Elite Training Systems every day is a progression from the next, every week the Coaches will push our athletes further & know when to pull back to recover & accelerate performance to the next phase of Training. From my experience working in professional sports over the last 10 years, there are many ways to reach that end goal & working with a variety of athletes has taught me that as a Coach, one must be flexible, adjust accordingly & constantly evaluating their athletes. Evaluating can mean simple things like noticing body language or attitude, to even skin complexion & fatigue. At ETS our Coaches are really stress management specialists, knowing when to implement & knowing when to remove. Ready to start TRAINING & pursuing YOUR Athletic Performance Goals? I look forward to my return this summer from Anaheim, seeing & training our ETS Athletes & having new Athletes to our line-up, eager to learn, get better & stronger!
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OSHAWA SPORTS HALL OF FAME 2016 Inductees Elena Davydova – Builder Gymnastics
Elena is also an International Brevet Judge and is PHD in sport science. In May 2007, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. However, it is for her work as a coach and builder that has earned her recognition in Oshawa, where she has called home since 1991. As a Gemini coach for the past 25 years, and the head coach since 1999, she has amassed an astounding list of achievements and guided numerous athletes into elite level competitions and toward exciting post-secondary school opportunities. Under Elena’s leadership Gemini has produced 22 All Around Canadian Champions, 10 AA Elite Canada Champions, 21 Eastern Canadian AA Champions, and 113 AA Provincial Champions.
Elena Davydova was born Aug. 7, 1961 in Russia. She is the World Champion and the two times Olympic Champion in artistic gymnastics. Wile representing the Soviet Union she scored a perfect 10 on floor and vault edging out Nadia Comaneci at the 1980 Olympics for the all around title.
Ron Keyes – Player Motorcross Racing
One of the most talented riders ever to race a motorcycle, Ron Keys went straight out of the gate to excel at his chosen sport. Unlike some child prodigies, Ron’s first ride on a motorcycle was at age nineteen. A few weeks after buying his first bike
Elena is recognized as one of the most successful Canadian coaches, placing athletes on the Canadian Team for major games and Championships since 1995. Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics Ontario named Elena the high performance coach of the year in 1997, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013. In addition to the 2012 Olympics, leading the team to an historical 5th
in 1965, he raced all comers at a local track and won. The following year Ron obtained a racing licence and, racing this same ill-prepared street bike, won the Junior Class at the Annual Canada/USA Challenge Race. In 1967, riding a proper racing motorcycle, he won all six of his first races but then had an accident that sidelined him for the year. In 1968 Ron was promoted to the Expert Class, leapfrogging the Senior Class altogether, and in August of the same year, riding a borrowed bike, won his first Expert Class race. In 1969, leading from start to finish, he won his first Canadian National Championship. From there Ron was fully sponsored on a proper racing bike and spent winters racing in California and
place, Elena coached the Canadian team at six World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, and Pan American Games. International Gymnastics Federation has invited her as an Expert for several International Academy coaching courses. As an International Category 1 Brevet Judge (highest international judging category) Elena has officiated at international competitions on four continents, including World Cups, major Games and World Championships. In 2005, she achieved the highest score of all Canadian Brevet judges on the international exam and in 2007 became the only Canadian to hold both Brevet coach and judge status for women’s artistic gymnastics. Elena has been invited by the International Gymnastics Federation as the only Canadian representative to judge Women artistic gymnastics at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Gemini Gymnastics has become an internationally renowned club under Elena’s leadership and has been recognized by Gymnastics Canada with its Club of Excellence award each year since its inception in 2003.
summers in Canada. Over his short career, Ron won five National Motocross Championships, three Provincial Dirt Track Championships, one National Dirt Track Championship and a Silver Medal in the Olympics of motorcycling—the International Six Days Enduro. For Yamaha, he won their first National Motocross Championships in Canada in all three classes, beating an American and a World Champion to do so. Retiring in 1974, Ron was inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2008.
Gord Garrison – Builder – Sports Broadcasting
Eric Lindros Hockey
Gord Garrison, was a broadcasting pioneer who lived in Oshawa from 1948 until the time of his death in May, 2009.
Eric Lindros was one of the most dominant players to ever wear an Oshawa Generals jersey.
Born July 31, 1924 in Manitoba, Gord settled in Oshawa in the late1940s and soon became a familiar voice on the airways, bringing local, national and international sports coverage to southern Ontario. In 1958, he became the owner and operator of CKLB AM and FM, where he continued to ensure Durham sports fans were made aware of the excellence in the community. He was the voice of the Oshawa Generals from 1948 through the mid-60s and now has the press gondola at the General Motors Centre named in his honour. His work went far beyond that, however, as he was also the ring announcer for professional wrestling in the 1940s and 50s at Oshawa’s Hambly Arena and other local venues, the stock car race announcer at James Park in north Oshawa, a periodic announcer for the Oshawa Green Gaels lacrosse team in the 1960s, and the play-by-play voice across Canada for the 1958 world hockey championships in Oslo, Norway, where the Whitby Dunlops won gold. Gord was innovative and entrepreneurial, as evidenced by hiring an aircraft and pilot to enable him to report live, Marilyn Bell’s famous swim across Lake Ontario in 1954, and obtaining the exclusive rights in Southern Ontario to broadcast the Montreal Expos when Major League Baseball expanded to Canada in 1967.
Born Feb. 28, 1973 in London, Ont., Eric came to Oshawa in 1990, at the age of 16. Physically well beyond most players his age, he proved to be an invaluable piece for a Generals team that went on to win its first Memorial Cup national title since 1944. He racked up 18 goals and 36 points in 17 playoff games and was named a Memorial Cup all-star. Lindros spent parts of three seasons with the Generals amassing 180 goals, 200 assists, 380 points and 437 penalty minutes in just 157 games. In 1991, although the Generals were upset in a spirited OHL final by the Greyhounds, Eric was named the junior player of the year for both Ontario and Canada. He also twice won gold with Canada at the world junior hockey championships, in 1990 and 1991. His dominance carried into the NHL, where he became a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He ended up playing 760 games over an injuryplagued NHL career with the Flyers, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars, scoring 372 goals and 865 points, and winning the Hart Trophy as MVP in 1995. Eric played on 3 Canadian teams at the Olympics winning gold and silver medals. He was also a member of Team Canada for over a decade during his playing career.
EPeter Stephenson – Builder - Badminton
Peter Stephenson was born in Oshawa on Feb. 17, 1944. Although a strong player, Peter’s major impact on the sport would be as builder, where he has served as a coach, official and administrator. he was a coach at the 1974 Canada Winter Games, received a certificate of recognition for achievement in amateur sport in Ontario in 1986, won the Ontario Badminton president’s award in 1987, 2004 and 2008, earned a Celebration ‘88’ certificate of merit from the Canadian government in 1988, became a Badminton Canada life member in 2003 and won the Syl Apps special achievement award in 2007. He is a certified Level 2 coach, has been a national referee for more than 15 years, a national umpire for over 30 years and has officiated at all levels, including provincial and national championships and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria. Peter started and coached a badminton program at Durham College and has served as president at the Oshawa YMCA, district president for Ontario’s Central Region, and a director for the Ontario Badminton Association. Also prominent in the Boys Scouts of Canada for more than 35 years, Peter was recognized with the Silver Acorn award, one of scouting’s highest volunteer honours, in 1999.
In 2006, became just the third player to have his number 88, retired by the Generals. Durham.Totalsportsmagazine.ca
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