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Ireland’s first community-owned sports academy launched in Shannon

first_imgNewsLocal NewsSportIreland’s first community-owned sports academy launched in ShannonBy Liam Togher – October 1, 2014 887 TAGSAaron ShanagheracademyBen O’GormanClare Sports PartnershipEavan McCarthyHigh Performance AcademyJoanne PotterLiam AlfordLisa O’SheaShannon Swimming & Leisure CentreSonia O’SullivansportsTommy Walsh SHANNON ACADEMY ATHLETESLiam Alford (kickboxing)Karl Fitzmaurice (athletics)James Hanrahan (mountain biking)Sabrina McCarthy (soccer)Gearoid McMahon (race walking)Ben O’Gorman (hurling)Lisa O’Shea (golf)Joanne Potter (taekwondo)Aaron Shanagher (hurling)Tommy Walsh (basketball) Linkedin Email SHANNON Swimming & Leisure Centre has become Ireland’s first community-owned High Performance Academy, with former Olympian Sonia O’Sullivan helping with its launch.In association with Clare Sports Partnership, the centre has established the Shannon High Performance Academy, which awards places to young sports men and women based on outstanding achievements and the strong likelihood of further accomplishments.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ten young athletes were inducted into the Academy and these cover a diverse range of sports. Among the first 10 inductees were Clare minor hurlers Aaron Shanagher and Ben O’Gorman, international basketball player Tommy Walsh, national kickboxing champion Liam Alford and rising golf star Lisa O’Shea.Speaking at the launch, O’Sullivan said that the establishment of the Academy will alleviate financial pressure on the families of its young members, who in turn will be better placed to build on their substantial sporting promise.The Cobh native said: “Aspiring young sports men and women face numerous challenges as they set out to fulfil their potential, not least of which is the cost of training, dietary requirements, travelling to events and accommodation.“The fact that the 10 qualifying local sportspersons and their families have been relieved of the cost of membership of a state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool, steam room and sauna, together with the provision of specialist advice on nutrition mentoring and other supports, will assist them greatly.”Eavan McCarthy of Shannon Swimming & Leisure Centre explained that the main objective of the Academy is to offer its aspiring sports stars the best of coaching and nutritional advice.She stated: “By combining sports participation without the added pressure of financing gym and pool memberships, a safety net is provided for the student.“It is our intention to develop a sustainable programme whereby the individual is also provided with financial support and encouraged through judicious balancing of the time available to ensure that neither academic nor sporting interests are compromised.” WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Print Facebook Advertisement Previous articleAnother top award for Shannon airportNext articleLimerick householders with undrinkable tap water will still be billed Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing.last_img read more

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Clippers coach Doc Rivers has no problem with NBA fine

first_imgCLEVELAND >> Doc Rivers didn’t look like someone who was $15,000 poorer when he met with the media before Thursday’s game with the Cavaliers, and he wasn’t someone who was leaving town with a used Chevrolet Malibu.Rivers’ money was headed to the NBA after his on-court explosion Tuesday, and on his way to the locker room that night, he knew it was likely gone.“Obviously, I should have gotten fined, just from the actions afterwards,” Rivers said. “I had no problem with that at all. I’m good with it. I never read why they fined me. I’m completely in the dark. I just knew I got fined. They called me and said 15 (thousand) and before they said anything else, I said, ‘Hey, thank you, no problem.’”The NBA announced Rivers had been fined for verbal abuse of an official and for failure to leave the court in a timely manner. In addition to being the proud owner of a brand new tax deduction (charitable donation?), Rivers grabbed some internet fame thanks to some outrageous photos capturing Rivers mid meltdown.The Clippers’ coach even shared one of the memes — one depicting Rivers as Santa Claus and DeAndre Jordan, who was restraining his coach, as an elf — on his Instagram account.“The memes are great. I think they’re hilarious,” Rivers said at shootaround. “I think they caught me in a very bad moment. I actually thought I was happy for 90 percent of the game, and they catch the one bad moment.”And, the moment looked even worse than Rivers thought it would.“It’s funny. I knew something was going on because I kept getting calls from my friends in, like, Boston,” he said. “(They were) like, ‘Are you OK?’ I’m like, ‘What the hell? Was I that overboard?’ “Then I saw it and I was like, ‘Yeah, I was pretty nuts.’”Happy for LueThere was the day Rivers won a championship. And, there was the day Tyronn Lue won a title with the Cleveland Cavaliers.“For me, it was the first time I was literally emotional when someone else was winning,” Rivers said Thursday morning. “Other than me winning, it’s the best single day I’ve ever had. It was that emotional for me. He’s like my son, so it was awesome for me.”Lue played for Rivers in Orlando and coached with him in Boston and Los Angeles.“I’ve never been around a guy that smart that remembered every play,” Rivers said. “…He just has an ability to communicate and not offend and I think that is a gift. I don’t think everyone has that. When you put smarts and communication together, it usually translates into something special.”Blake’s Space JamThursday morning, Blake Griffin got to live out a childhood fantasy, kind of, by starring in a Space Jam-themed Jordan Brand commercial.Cracking jokes alongside an animated Bugs Bunny, Griffin was able to star in a commercial reboot of a film he’s seen more than 30 times, he said.Griffin previously participated in a live reading of the Space Jam script in Los Angeles.“It’s pretty cool,” Griffin said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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