Worth their weight in gold

first_imgThe upcoming ‘Deadlift for Depression 2’ will be held specifically for people carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, by those who only want to lighten the burden.It’s the simple, yet incredibly powerful message spurring on those behind south-east powerlifting gyms ‘Evolv: Healthy Bodies’ and ‘Peninsula Barbell’.The second, annual Deadlift for Depression event will be held at a humble Somerville gym next month with the simple aim of raising as much money as possible for mental health organisation, Beyond Blue.And if last year’s inaugural event is any indicator – with over $10,000 raised in 2018 – they could be set to record a staggering personal best this time around.One of the lifters taking part this year is Blind Bight local, and former Tooradin Cricket Club president, Kane Latham.Deadlift for Depression 2 is particularly close to his heart, with two of his friends taking their own lives in recent times after prolonged mental health battles.At next month’s event, Latham is aiming to record a whopping 600-pound (or 272-kilogram) deadlift in their memory.Those who sign up to compete in this year’s event will donate, upon entry, at least $30 each directly to Beyond Blue.So far, well in excess of $1000 has been raised through competition sign-ups alone – from which there’s no monetary interest to the gym.“Being a deadlift-only competition, a lot of the people here are already training elsewhere or have a coach somewhere else,” Latham explained from the Somerville gym recently.“This is just about getting everybody together for the cause.”Matthew Bund – the owner of Peninsula Barbell – explained that the concept of the event was the brainchild of Jackson Drew, from Evolv.The two have come together, as key cogs of the south east powerlifting scene, to gather as much momentum as possible for the cause.“In thinking of all the different charities we could raise money for, mental health probably had the broadest spectrum – it can literally affect anyone,” Bund said.“After we held the first event, we found that a lot of our gym members had been affected by their own mental health battles too. We didn’t realise the extent of it until after the event, but it really helped them open up.”For many, there’s still a very real stigma surrounding mental health battles, but Bund explained “this can help to break those barriers down”.There will be about 40 participants competing on the day – on 21 July at Factory 6/4 Guelph Street, Somerville.The likelihood is that all of those competing on the day would have been touched by mental health battles in some way, shape, or form – either directly, or indirectly.“It’s why I wanted to run it,” Drew said.“I’ve got friends who’ve lost people, and it’s horrible. It can just happen so quickly, out of nowhere.“This is just lifting weights off the floor, but if as much money as possible can go towards an organisation that supports people in need, then that’s all that matters. I want to run this bigger, and better, every year.”Drew was quick to add that anyone is welcome to the event on the day – whether they’re lifting, or not.“Everyone wants to help – to be a part of the raffle, or to help out on the day,” he said.“We also want people to just come down and be a part of the day, and not even necessarily have to do anything except show their support. That could mean something as simple as reaching out to someone and talking with them – making sure they’re ok.“The event, itself, is a platform that we can use to raise some much-needed money but we also want to help people feel better about themselves.“This is a friendly, welcoming environment and we just want people to feel comfortable in their own skin.”Latham pointed out just how strong the support network is within the burgeoning powerlifting community, particularly in the south east.“I know if I’m having a bit of a rough patch – whatever it may be – I’ll just come down and train, and so many other members are the same,” he said.“We’re really lucky in Australia to have such a rich powerlifting community. It’s really tightknit – everyone knows everyone, particularly down this way in the south-east.“People need to see that there’s really a huge support network within powerlifting – that it’s not like what some people from the outside make it out to be.”Drew explained that anyone, and everyone is welcome on the day – regardless of which gym they’re a part of.“Gyms can be quite competitive, but when we put our hands up to host this Deadlift for Depression event, everyone comes out of the woodwork in support of it,” he said.“We’re 100 per cent for the fundraising, and 100 per cent for the people. I want people to know that we’re right behind this.“And for lifters – you don’t have to lift anything more than your bodyweight. Hell, you don’t even have to lift anything more than the bar. Just rock up, and show your support.“Even if we can help one person by doing this, it’s worth it. Everyone needs a support network, and we’re more than happy to provide that.”For more information about the event, see the Facebook page at http://bit.ly/D4DIIFB. To donate, visit http://bit.ly/D4DII. By sports editor Russell Bennettlast_img read more

They’re still in

first_imgBy Melissa MeehanTWO incumbents have secured their positions in the relatively safe seats of McMillan and Flinders. Russell Broadbent and…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

5-month pregnant champion swimmer to join pro race

first_imgDana Vollmer arrives to the 2016 Golden Goggles Awards at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on November 21, 2016 in New York City. AFP FILE PHOTOFive-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Dana Vollmer isn’t letting her latest pregnancy slow her down.The 29-year-old American, expecting her second child in July, says she’ll enter the 50m freestyle at the Pro Swim Series event in Mesa, Arizona, next month, according to a post on her Instagram account.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards “Started having dreams about being at competitions!!” her post said. “It’s been too long! So I’ve decided to enter the Mesa Arena Pro Swim Series and swim a 50free!!”Vollmer, whose Olympic gold medals include individual gold in the 100m butterfly in London in 2012, took almost two years off from competition when she had her first child, son Arlen, on March 6, 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnShe returned to competition and took her Olympic medal haul to seven at last year’s Rio Games, where she helped the United States win 4x100m medley relay gold and also won a silver and a bronze. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Chism believes elusive NLEX win just around the corner Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Germany star ‘not bothered’ by Chelsea and Manchester United transfer talk

first_img1 Antonio Rudiger in action for Germany Antonio Rudiger has distanced himself from a move to Chelsea or Manchester United by insisting he is happy at Roma.The defender enjoyed a fine 205/16 season and earned a call-up to Germany’s squad for the recent European Championship.A knee injury ended up ruling the 23-year-old out of the tournament, but he has continued to impress for Roma this season after returning to fitness.Chelsea and Manchester United have been tracking Rudiger and there was talk they could move for him in January.However, the centre-back has poured cold water on that speculation by revealing he is very happy in Italy for now.“There’s a lot of talk about changes in the squad, but I’m really happy to play for Roma. I’m not bothered about transfer rumours,” said Rudiger.last_img read more

Dark image bothers local business owners

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It bothers me a lot because it’s not a nice, classy thing,” said Maryam Ovsepyan, owner of a Quiznos Sub shop on Philadelphia Street, who added she’s seen customers hesitate before entering her store when the teens are hanging around outside. “It doesn’t look like a nice area anymore. They don’t exactly harass me, but they use my bathroom and take soda without asking. I just don’t like the look,” she added. Ashot Merikyan, who owns Uptown Kabob, said the teens scare away tourists and local customers alike. “We opened about four or five years ago,” Merikyan said. “It’s gotten worse and hurt my business. This is a historical place, but tourists come here and are surprised by it. It looks ugly.” It’s an undeserved label, said 16-year-old self- described goth Joseph Villanueva. “It’s a style, but it’s more about a way of life,” said the teen. He wore all black clothing. His hair was spiked. He wore makeup and two lip rings. “It’s about everything dark – the macabre side of life,” Villanueva added. “We listen to a certain kind of music, and it’s not punk rock. Goths and punkers don’t mix well.” Villanueva said goths normally do not take drugs or get into trouble. He said he is an A-student taking accelerated classes at Whittier High School. Jonathan Gonsalez, 23, a self-proclaimed “punk rocker,” sports a mohawk. Everyone in his family accepts his hairstyle as “normal.” “I was raised with it,” Gonsalez said. “My grandma raised me with it. I just think it’s about free expression. It doesn’t represent something scary.” Gonsalez said it annoys him when people assume he is a criminal or drug addict just because of the way he dresses. “They’ve never taken the time to talk to us,” he said. “I’m approachable. Those are other people’s insecurities. To say we’re doing more drugs and crime than others is an unfair stereotype.” Whittier police spokesman Jason Zulhke said officers have to walk a fine line between guarding the rights of customers and business owners and not intruding on the rights of the groups of teens and young adults who hang out in Uptown. “We want to encourage them to hang out in Uptown. But if they’re outside a business with no legitimate purpose, we can ask them to move on,” he said. “We won’t arrest them in that case. They have the right to hang out there, but we want to be sensitive to the business owners, too.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Now that summer is here, they seem to be everywhere in Uptown lately. Teens and young adults. Dressed in black, skin-tight clothes. Sporting black eyeliner and multiple piercings. They call themselves “goths” or “punks.” But there are also subgroups: “emo’s,” “indies” and “metalheads.” Whatever the handle, the groups of black-dressed youths who flock to Greenleaf Avenue’s historic, open-air Uptown Whittier shopping district are drawing the ire of some business owners, who say their intimidating look tends to scare off customers. last_img read more

Phil Angelides unhurt in fender-bender

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides was in a highway patrol car that was rear-ended Thursday on Interstate 80, but he was not injured. The state treasurer was in an unmarked cruiser stopped in traffic around 4 p.m. when a pickup truck failed to react in time, colliding with another vehicle that struck the car, said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Les Bishop. The vehicles only had minor damage and everyone refused treatment at the scene, Bishop said. A spokesman for Angelides said the candidate was unhurt. No citations were issued, but the accident was under investigation.last_img read more

Man United put Shaw up for sale, Liverpool’s Sturridge in line for LaLiga move?

first_img1 Here are the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Chelsea are facing fears they could lose their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid. The Belgian, who has just 18 months left on his Stamford Bridge deal, has two young children who live in Madrid and has admitted he may have to move back to Spain. (Daily Mail)Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has been offered to other English clubs by representatives in an effort to resurrect his club and international career. (Daily Record)Daniel Sturridge could be poised for a January move to LaLiga after Real Betis emerged as potential suitors for the England international. The 28-year-old has fallen down the Anfield pecking order this season with Liverpool’s ‘fantastic four’ forward line of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho firing on all cylinders. (Daily Mail)Arsenal target Steven N’Zonzi has been left out of Sevilla’s squad for their clash with Real Madrid this weekend as speculation over his future intensifies. (Daily Express)Arsenal have still made no offer to extend Jack Wilshere’s contract, even though the midfielder is now less than three weeks away from being able to negotiate with other clubs. (Daily Telegraph)Theo Walcott has also postponed talks about a new deal with Arsenal until the end of the season. The winger is one of six first-team players whose deals expire in little more than 18 months. (The Times)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Sevilla have completed a deal to sign Tottenham target Guilherme AranaLeeds United have been linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon defender Tobias FigueiredoTurkish Super League giants Fenerbahce will step up their pursuit of Everton misfit Davy Klaassen, according to reportsManchester City are the latest big-name club to be linked with a move for young Turkish sensation Yusuf YaziciLaLiga giants Valencia have joined Chelsea, Everton, Newcastle and Juventus in the race to sign highly-rated Besiktas forward Cenk TosunFiorentina are preparing an audacious swoop for Celtic striker Moussa Dembel Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

Watch: Check out Kerry Brown’s stunning strike for Ireland U17s

first_imgGREENCASTLE woman Kerry Brown netted a screamer for the Republic of Ireland U17s yesterday against Greece.Brown, who plays for NIFL challengers Sion Swifts, set Ireland on their way to a 5-0 win over Greece with this stunning goal in Lithuania.It has been a good week for Ireland, who had big wins over Albania and Lithuania, with Culdaff’s Erin McLaughlin scoring five goals in the opening two games. Check out Brown’s super strike here: When the opposition think they’re holding the group-leaders #IRLWU17 to 0-0 at half-time, then up steps Kerry Brown with a worldie! 🚀 ⚽️🎥 Watch the Sion Swifts striker score a 30-yard screamer to put Ireland 1-0 up against Greece yesterday 😱 #COYGIG pic.twitter.com/OnH9KMHbGT— FAIreland ⚽️ (@FAIreland) September 17, 2019 Advertisement  Watch: Check out Kerry Brown’s stunning strike for Ireland U17s was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Erin McLaughlinGreencastleKerry BrownSion Swiftslast_img read more

Daniel Levy hints at possible Tottenham return for Mauricio Pochettino

first_img getty images The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 MOST READ IN FOOTBALL LATEST ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane changes Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says it was ‘incredibly difficult’ to sack Mauricio Pochettino Levy admits it was a gut-wrenching decision to remove Pochettino, who had turned the club into one of the best in England during his five-and-a-half-year stint at the helm.Pochettino hinted his and the club’s paths would cross again and Levy appears to think similar.“You have to understand I had built up a personal relationship with Mauricio over five-and-a-half years,” Levy told the Evening Standard.“It is not something I ever wanted. Personally, it was incredibly difficult, I told him that and he understood.“He’s been in football (a long time), he understands. It’s not personal and I’m sure he’ll come back stronger and get an opportunity to manage another great club. Maybe one day he’ll come back to us.”He continued: “I’m not going to sit here and analyse the past. It’s not productive. 2 Pochettino was sacked six months after leading Tottenham to their first-ever Champions League final 2 AFP or licensors scrap revealed appointed Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ “Mauricio did a fantastic job for us, we are very grateful. I wish him all the best for the future.“I’m still in contact with him. My relationship is very good with him. It just got to the point where it felt we needed a divorce.”While Arsenal and Everton have taken their time in their in search for new managers, Levy moved on from Pochettino to Jose Mourinho in less than 12 hours.“Many years ago, I can’t remember exactly, we were linked with him,” Levy said.“But I’d never spoken to Jose. We never had a conversation. And his availability was totally unrelated to Mauricio, not connected at all.“I can’t remember when I first spoke to Jose, but once I made the decision in my mind we had to make the change, although internally we knew of more than one candidate who would have been interested, Jose was absolutely number one. Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future SORRY Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has admitted it was ‘incredibly difficult’ to sack Mauricio Pochettino – but has opened the door for the Argentine to return to the club in the future.Levy relieved Pochettino of his duties in November less than six months after leading Spurs to the Champions League final following a poor start to the 2019/20 season. PAYBACK Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? latest Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff “We had a number of discussions. Firstly, it was such a hard decision and you never know what you are really getting until you work with somebody.“There are lots of perceptions out there in relation to Jose that I’m not sure are true.“I wanted to spend some time with him so we were totally aligned, on the basis there was no point him coming to a club where he expected different things to us.“And we were totally aligned on the strategy going forward.”last_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Monday, June 19. Joe RODGERSThe death has occurred in Letterkenny University Hospital of Joe Rodgers, Roisin, Maghery. Reposing in McGlynn’s Funeral Home this Monday evening, 19th June, from 5pm with rosary at 9pm and also tomorrow, Tuesday, 20th June, from 10am. Removal tomorrow evening, Tuesday, 20th June, at 5.30pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Meenacross for 6pm to repose overnight. Funeral Mass on Wednesday, 21st June, at 11am with burial afterwards in Maghery Cemetery.Family flowers only, donations to the Dungloe Patients Comfort Fund c/o Shaun Mc Glynn Funeral Director or any family member. Florence CROWEThe death has occurred of Florence Crowe, 71 Ardcolgan, Carndonagh, Donegal. Removal from her late residence tomorrow, Tuesday, 20th June, to arrive at Donagh Parish Church for 3pm Funeral Service followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to Donagh Parish Church Fund. Family time from 11pm to 11am.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: June 19th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal death noticesobituarieslast_img read more