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Daytona Beach NASCAR fan Charlene Greer wins 10th annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2020) – Today, The NASCAR Foundation announced that Charlene Greer, a lifelong NASCAR fan and nine-year volunteer with Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, is the winner of The NASCAR Foundation’s 10th annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Greer received the award — along with a $100,000 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties — during a celebration live-streamed on NASCAR.com from the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at Daytona International Speedway.Greer, from Daytona Beach, Florida, is one of four finalists who are all longtime NASCAR fans. Greer grew up spending weekends at the track with her father, a motorsports mechanic. Some of her fondest memories are witnessing Bill Elliott go from being known as “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” to “Million Dollar Bill” with his win at Darlington in 1985 over Labor Day weekend and her first time attending the DAYTONA 500, now her home track.RELATED: Learn more about The NASCAR FoundationThis year, The NASCAR Foundation chose to celebrate each finalist with a small celebration in their race markets. Finalists include Daryl Farler representing Amputee Blade Runners celebrating at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation with Nashville Superspeedway; Larry Jordan representing Angel Flight Soars, Inc. at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; and, Rich Langley with the Roc Solid Foundation celebrating with the team at Richard Childress Racing Museum. Each of the three finalists receives a $25,000 donation to their charity and with it being the 10th year of the Award, an additional $5,000 gift to honor the occasion.“This year’s finalists are all stand outs. Their NASCAR spirit is behind the incredible work they do to improve the lives of children in our communities each and every day,” said Mike Helton, chairman of The NASCAR Foundation. “What a year this has been and our fans rallied around this award like never before. We are very proud of all the finalists and particularly proud to present the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award to Charlene Greer, a very deserving recipient, to honor the work she’s doing in NASCAR’s hometown of Daytona Beach.”The award honors the philanthropic ideals and vision of The NASCAR Foundation’s late founder and chairperson, Betty Jane France, and is annually presented to a NASCAR fan who is an accomplished volunteer championing children’s causes. This year marks the 10th annual presentation of the award impacting 354,647 children to date while recognizing 40 finalists with a total of $1,770,000 in contributions to the causes they represent.Greer’s win will help change the lives of children living with disadvantaged circumstances. The resulting $100,000 donation will cover the costs to transport all of the organization’s more than 1,400 children safely to the eight Boys & Girls clubs after school utilizing bus transportation. With 87 percent of its members on free or reduced lunch and the club’s motto to never turn any child away for their inability to pay, this would help the children to realize their full potential.“Being a finalist for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award has been overwhelmingly humbling,” stated Greer. “I cannot thank The NASCAR Foundation enough for giving us the platform to talk about the life-changing works that our staff and volunteers at The Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties facilitates every day. Being able to represent the incredible team of people that stand beside me serving the mission and the passion for our kids has been an honor. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!”Greer lends nearly 120 hours each month in her support of the Boys & Girls Clubs including operational funding, and her vision and execution of special activities that directly benefit the students. She mentors children which is her favorite role, participates in board meetings and advocates for the cause while meeting with local elected officials and community leaders. Her fundraising efforts are likely the most widely recognized as her support wholly funds the Clubs’ annual Honor Roll Banquet and Christmas party.To learn more about The NASCAR Foundation’s programs, including the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and Speediatrics Children’s Fund, please visit NASCARfoundation.org.last_img read more

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‘Peace Ark’ Naval Hospital Ship Arrives in Pakistan to Offer Medical Services

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe “Peace Ark” hospital ship of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army has begun its “Harmonious Mission — 2013”, arriving in Pakistan, the 4th stop of the mission, on July 29 to begin a six-day-long goodwill visit to offer humanitarian medical assistance.During the visit, the hospital ship will dispatch medical detachments to offer medical services at the Sifa Hospital of the Pakistani Navy, and training in Karachi, and perform surgery jointly with Pakistani medical staff. In addition, the dispatched medical detachments will also visit local schools to donate medical services to children in need.(READ the story from the People’s Daily)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Brooke Vander Heide reflects on short yet meaningful senior season

first_imgBrooke Vander Heide reflects on short yet meaningful senior seasonVander Heide transferred to Minnesota this year after three years at BYU. Nolan O’HaraApril 20, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintDeciding to transfer to the University of Minnesota for her senior season, Brooke Vander Heide was looking forward to something new. Prior to attending Minnesota, the senior outfielder spent three seasons at BYU. With one year of eligibility remaining, Vander Heide wanted to “go big” and transfer to Minnesota for her final season, joining a team fresh off a run in the Women’s College World Series. Along with a move up north to a new city and school, that also meant learning a new system with a different group of teammates and coaches. “I, honestly, for the first couple weeks felt like a freshman,” Vander Heide said laughing. “Every team uses different terms and terminology. Just learning the new terminology and the new drills and figuring out the flow of a new team, I just felt like a freshman for a little while.” After adjusting to the new system, Vander Heide “again realized I was a senior,” and was able to apply her past experiences to the different system. Overall, she said this season was very informative, teaching her aspects about the game she hadn’t previously considered. That’s something she credits to the coaching staff, which Vander Heide said is very detail-oriented and adjusts to players’ different styles. She recognized head coach Jamie Trachsel’s eye for the details right away in practice when Trachsel was hitting pop-flies into the outfield.  “She’d hit the ball from the batter’s box to the outfield to me,” Vander Heide said. “So we’re pretty far apart, and she’d be like, ‘Watch the ball.’ It’s like, how does she even see my eyes from there, right?”Unfortunately, Vander Heide’s senior season was cut short, with the remainder of the season being one of the many cancellation casualties amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But shortly after the remainder of the season was canceled, the NCAA announced it was considering another year of eligibility for spring athletes, a proposal that passed soon after. Vander Heide is considering a return in 2021, but hasn’t yet made her decision. On April 1, pitcher Amber Fiser announced she would return to the circle for the Gophers in 2021, becoming the first Gophers’ senior to commit to returning for a fifth year. Despite a shortened season, Vander Heide enjoyed her time over the last year, meeting new teammates and coaches and learning a new system. While the future may be uncertain, the memories made over the past season are not.“It was just awesome to meet all these new people and to be a part of such a great environment and a great culture,” she said. “I feel like I learned a lot about myself as a player but also as a person.”last_img read more

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Leaf rock Rockies to gain weekend split

first_img Kootenay Ice affiliate goalie Tenzin Mint was named Leafs Game Star Friday in Kimberley. Emery Neilson was Nelson’s Game Star Saturday, finishing the game with three points. Cole Wyatt, who earned Nelson’s Firefighter of the Game award, also had a goal and two helpers for three points. Two ex-Leafs had no answers against their former teammates.Tyler Nypower and Emery Neilson each scored twice sparking Nelson Leafs to a convincing 9-2 thrashing of the Columbia Valley Rockies Saturday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.“I don’t think that was Columbia Valley’s best effort. . .. When we played them (in Invermere) they were much more resilient than that,” Leaf coach Mario DiBella said following the game. “They got off to a bit of a slow start and I think we took advantage of their bus feet and our players played a great game.”The contest featured two ex-Leaf netminders, Ben Kelsch and C.J.Wedenig in goal for the visitors in a game both backstops struggled against their former mates.Kelsch, who was instrumental in the Rockies victory over the Leafs in September saw the home side struck for four goals in the final nine minutes of the opening period to erase an early 1-0 lead held by Columbia Valley. Brennan Nelson scored on Leafs goalie Hunter Young to quiet the home crowd.However, Kaleb Comishin tied the game just past the midway point of the period before Keenan Crossman, and Neilson, with a pair, completed the offensive explosion. Nelson increased its lead to 7-1 in the second frame with goals coming from newcomer Cole Wyatt, scoring shorthanded, Reid Wilson and Nypower, with his first of the game. Wilson’s marker ended the night for Kelsch, summoning Wedenig in from the bullpen.Nelson scored his second of the game for the Rockies to make the score 7-2 after 40 minutes.In the third Mitch Lavoie and NY power completed the rout. Nelson, going 2-for-6 with the man advantage, finished the game outshooting the Rockies by a 56-23 advantage.Nitros get better of LeafsDerian Bamber scored twice and Adam Anderson stopped 20 of 21 shots lifting Kimberley Dynamiters to a 4-1 win over Nelson Friday in the Bavarian City.The game featured the two division leaders in the Kootenay Conference.Bamber scored once in the first period as Kimberley built a 2-0 lead. Keegan McDowell scored a backbreaker in the final minute to power the home side to the lead.Following a scoreless second period, Tyson Soobotin gave Nelson life with a goal early in the third period. But Chase Gedny restored the two-goal margin with a power play marker six minutes later before Bamber added an empty net goal.Kimberley outshot the Leafs 34-20 keeping Kootenay Ice affiliate goalie Tenzin Mint busy between the pipes. The Leafs lost defenceman Michael LeNoury in the final period after the rearguard was ejected from the game after receiving a major penalty for check-from-behind.Leaf Notes: Michael LeNoury was hit with a three-game suspension following the major penalty received in Kimberley Friday. LeNoury served the first game Saturday against Columbia Valley. He will miss this weekend’s upcoming road games in Castlegar and Creston.center_img Leaf Captain Jack Karran saw his point streak halted at six games in Kimberley Friday. Karran registered an assist Saturday. Nelson, 19-7-1-1, saw its Murdoch Division lead drop to seven points as Beaver Valley won for the fourth consecutive time, posting weekend wins over Grand Forks and Creston.last_img read more

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MATCH TRACKER – National League Final, Galway V Tipperary

first_imgWelcome to our Sunday Sports MATCH TRACKER of the National Hurling League Final between Galway & Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 3.30pm * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *Thanks for your company – Gerry MurphyBut, for now, this has been a great day for Galway hurling – well done to everyone involved.Next up for Galway is the 1st round of the Leinster Championship on May 28th against DublinJason Flynn is the Galway Bay FM & Allianz Man of the MatchFULL TIME: GALWAY 3-21 TIPPERARY 0-14Game over! Galway win their 10th league title70+2 Tom Monaghan gets his name on the scoresheet. Galway 3-21 Tipperary 0-1470+1 John McGrath hits the crossbar and with a deflection get a point. Galway 2-20 Tipperary 0-14There will be 2 minutes of added time69′ Sean Loftus comes in for Paul Killeen68′ Thomas Monaghan comes on for Jason FlynnCyril Donnellan comes on for Niall Burke66′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL…..Cathal Mannion. This is now a riot! Galway 3-20 Tipperary 0-13John Hanbury comes in for Daithi Burke65′ John McGrath points from a free. Galway 2-20 Tipperary 0-1364′ Conor Whelan adds another point. Galway 2-20 Tipperary 0-12Galway have created 41 scoring chances!62′ Meanwhile Cathal Mannion fires it over the bar. Galway 2-19 Tipperary 0-1262′ Jonathon Glynn replaces Joe Canning, who gets a standing ovation61′ Free in for Tipperary…..John McGrath is happy with a point! Galway 2-18 Tipperary 0-1259′ Jonathon Glynn is coming on!57′ David Burke adds a point. Galway 2-18 Tipperary 0-1156′ GOALLLLLLL….Jason Flynn with a super finish gets his second goal. Galway 2-17 Tipperary 0-1155′ Michael Breen tags on another point. Galway 1-17 Tipperary 0-1154′ Aidan Harte gets a yellow card…….John McGrath points the free, Galway 1-17 Tipperary 0-1053′ Joe Canning points a huge free from inside hie own 65. Galway 1-17 Tipperary 0-949′ Joe Canning adds another. Galway 1-16 Tipperary 0-948′ Brilliant point from Conor Whelan from out near the sideline. Galway 1-15 Tipperary 0-947′ Ronan Maher cuts it further from a free. Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-946′ Michael Breen closes the gap. Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-845′ ‘Bonner’ Maher comes on for ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer44′ Joe Canning stretches the lead to 10 points from a free. Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-743′ Aidan Harte gets his 2ndpoint of the game. Galway 1-13 Tipperary 0-742′ Free in for Tipperary. John O’Dwyer points. Galway 1-12 Tipperary 0-740′ Joe Canning hits the upright with a huge free39′ Great play from Galway ends with a point for Joseph Cooney. Galway 1-12 Tipperary 0-616,089 people in the Gaelic Grounds for the match36′ Noel McGrath gets a point. Galway 1-11 Tipperary 0-636′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!…Jason Flynn with a super finish. Galway 1-11 Tipperary 0-5No further changes on either team for the start of the second halfSECOND HALF UNDERWAYHALF TIME: Galway 0-11 Tipperary 0-5There will be 1 minute of added time at the end of the 1st halfGalway have had 25 scoring chances with 11 wides!33′ Joe Canning points after great work from Galway forwards. Galway 0-11 Tipperary 0-532′ Ronan Maher points a long-range free. Galway 0-10 Tipperary 0-532′ Niall O’Meara replaces Stephen O’Brien on the Tipperary team.30′ Conor Whelan finishes a good move. Galway 0-10 Tipperary 0-429′ Joe Canning points from a 65. Galway 0-9 Tipperary 0-427′ Joe Canning taps a free over for Galway. Galway 0-8 Tipperary 0-423′ Brendan Maher point for Tipperary. Galway 0-7 Tipperary 0-422′ Joe Canning points the resultant 65. Galway 0-6 Tipperary 0-321′ Great save by Gleeson in the Tipperary goal from Jason Flynn21′ Conor Whelan pops over another point. Half a goal chance! Galway 0-5 Tipperary 0-3It’s now 7 wides for Galway.16′ Joe Canning gets his first score – again from play!”. Galway 0-4 Tipperary 0-3Galway have struck 5 wides so far!15′ Noel McGrath gets Tipperary’s first point from play. Galway 0-3 Tipperary 0-38′ Jason Flynn with another Galway point from play. Galway 0-3 Tipperary 0-25′ Free in for Tipperary. Pointed by John McGrath. Galway 0-2 Tipperary 0-23′ Conor Whelan adds another. Galway 0-2 Tipperary 0-13′ Aidan Harte levels it from play. Galway 0-1 Tipperary 0-12 Mins: Tipperary off the mark. Free from John McGrath. Tipperary 0-1 Galway 0-0GAME ON!print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Conor Cooney is out of the Galway team for today’s game due to injury. He is replaced by Niall Burke. Cyril Donnellan has been added to the subs bench.last_img read more

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Connacht Book European Challenge Cup Quarter Final Spot

first_imgConnacht will be going back to Manchester for the Quarter Final of the European Challenge Cup following a dramatic 33-27 win over Bordeaux at the Stade Chaban Delmas yesterday. 1 ASM Clermont Auvergne (winner Pool 1 – 30 points)2 La Rochelle (winner Pool 4 – 24 points)3 Sale Sharks (winner Pool 3 – 22 points)4 Worcester Warriors (winner Pool 2 – 22 points)5 Harlequins (winner Pool 5 – 21 points)6 Connacht Rugby (best pool runner-up – 22 points)7 Bristol Bears (second best pool runner-up – 21 points)8 Northampton Saints (third best pool runner-up – 21 points)The quarter-final matches to be played on 29/30/31 March are as follows:QF 1: ASM Clermont Auvergne v Northampton SaintsQF 2: Worcester Warriors v HarlequinsQF 3: Sale Sharks v Connacht RugbyQF 4: La Rochelle v Bristol BearsNB The exact dates, venues and kick-off times for the matches will be announced towards the end of next week. Here is the commentary of the try from Jack Carty that ultimately won the game for Connacht and the final minute of the game. Commentary from Rob Murphy and William Davies. The qualifiers for the 2018/19 Challenge Cup quarter-finals and their rankings at the conclusion of the pool stage are as follows: Rob also spoke to Quinn Roux who captained Connacht on SaturdayAudio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/d8xhua/QUINN_ROUX_POST_BORDEAUX.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Audio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/7gu3a5/CONNACHT_V_BORDEAUX_JACK_CARTY_TRY_AND_FINAL_MINUTE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. After the game, Rob Murphy spoke to Connacht Coach Andy FriendAudio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/7tcitx/ANDY_FRIEND_POST_BORDEAUX.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Finally, William Davies spoke to Tiernan O’HalloranAudio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/dh99we/TIERAN_O_HALLORAN_POST_BORDEAUX.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Spurs to demand Man United give them Martial as part of Alderweireld deal

first_imgSPURS will ask Manchester United to let them have Anthony Martial as part of any deal taking Toby Alderweireld to Old Trafford.Tottenham chief Mauricio Pochettino is ready to let the Belgian go after an injury-plagued season at Wembley but Spurs are determined to drive a hard bargain, valuing Alderweireld at £70m-plus.5 Spurs want Anthony Martial as part of any deal for Toby AlderweireldCredit: PA:Press AssociationThe Londoners know they need to sell now to prevent Alderweireld being able run down his contract or use a clause to move for just £22m next summer.And if any deal is on the table, Tottenham are ready to make their own move for France ace Martial, who has fallen down the United pecking order under Jose Mourinho.Spurs refused to buckle when Alderweireld, 29, demanded a rise to £150,000 per week in order to sign a new deal at the club.Tottenham had offered Alderweireld an increase to £110,000 per week but the negotiations were broken off as the Belgian’s status in the Spurs squad diminished.Tottenham, Man United, PSG… where does Toby Alderweireld’s future lie? 5 Tottenham value defender Alderweireld at £70millionCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 Spurs know they need to sell now to prevent the Belgian running down his contractCredit: PA:Press Association5 Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of French star MartialCredit: PA:Press Association5 Poch believes he can reignite Martial’s career and that he can provide extra firepower to his attackCredit: PA:Empics SportPochettino made it clear at the end of the season that he regarded Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez as his first-choice central defensive duo, signalling his readiness to let Alderweireld go.But Poch is keen on landing Martial, who has always impressed against Tottenham with his pace and versatility.The best Premier League goals of the season: what was your favourite?VIDAL JAIL THREAT Arturo Vidal could face up to ten years in jail for ‘GBH’United landed the young Frenchman from Monaco in 2015 in a deal worth up to £58m but he has struggled to make a mark in his two years under Mourinho.Pochettino, though, believes he can reignite Martial’s career and give Spurs extra firepower as they prepare for their return to N17 and their new 62,000 home next season.Some of the funniest moments from this seasons Premier Leaguelast_img read more

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Guyana set to host 26th CWWA Conference and Exhibition

first_imgFor the first time in its 27 years, Guyana will this year host the 26th Caribbean Water and Waste Water Association (CWWA) Conference and Exhibition.The Guyana Marriott International hotel will between October 16 and 20, some 400 participants from countries across the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe andManaging Director GWI, Dr Richard Van West-CharlesNorth America, when Guyana hosts the Caribbean Wastewater conference.A first time host of the event, plans are underway to ensure a holistic approach is taken towards the hosting of what is considered the premier event in the water and waste management sectors in the Caribbean. The GWI team is working along with another group of persons from Trinidad and Tobago to ensure a smooth preparation process.Managing Director of the Guyana Water Incorporated, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, speaking at the launching ceremony of the conference said the event must be placed in context of the sustainable development goals, particularly in the area of wastewater, of which Guyana is lagging behind.Also at the launching ceremony was Patricia Aquing, Co-Chair and Executive Director of CWWA who laid out the significance of the conference for the area of networking between countries. According to her, the Caribbean is in “waterExecutive Director CWWA, Patricia Aquingstressed state” and need to focus on ways to save the little it has.The theme for this year’s conference is “Promoting Innovation and Creativity in Water, Wastewater and Waste Management” and will be an opportunity for participants to exchange information and experiences, to network and to be exposed to cutting edge technology, products and services in a very dynamic eventThe conference will be held under the aegis of the Communities Ministry, the Guyana Water Inc and the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association CWWA. The Conference is on a rotational basis, each year with different Caribbean countries hosting.It brings together over 400 participants from the Caribbean, Latin America, North America and Europe and will be an opportunity for participants to exchange information and experiences, tonetwork and to be exposed to cutting edge technology, products and services in a very dynamic event.A very significant aspect of the event is the Exhibition and this year a number of sponsors and exhibitors have committed their support. Diehl Metering of Germany has already committed to Platinum sponsorship. Over 60 exhibitors are expected to participate by showcasing their products and services in the water and waste sectors and to interact with utility companies and other participants. This is considered an excellent space for networking.Participants include experts, researchers, professionals, students, the media, private companies, development partners such as the Inter-American Development Bank (lDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the United Nations Environment (UNEP), the Pan AmericanHealth Organisation (PAHO), the Caribbean Desalination Association (CaribDA), the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCccq), Caricom, among others.Another important aspect of the Conference is the convening of the 13th High Level Forum of Caribbean Ministers Responsible for Water (HLF13) which brings together Ministers from all Caribbean countries, water utility managers and development partners to discuss matters of relevance to the water sector.The Ministers usually meet for two days of the conference and it gives them the opportunity to be informed about new developments in the water sector and to help to shape policy matters.The Conference will cover subjects such as climate change, drought management, integrated water resources management, wastewater management in rural communities, waste recycling technologies for developing countries, landfill engineering and the economics of waste management, to name a few. A number of individual experts, professionals and researchers will present their research findings and technical papers on the various subjects.Participants also look forward to the water, rum and pepper sauce tasting competition which is a fun event. The GWI is proud to report that at the 2016 Conference in Trinidad, Guyana won the first prize for the best tasting water.A very important feature which lends a fun flavour to the conference is an opportunity for participants from all over the world to enjoy the cultural and artistic aspects of the host country of Guyana. The GWI is planning a series of activities to highlight the culture as well as opportunities for them to venture out on technical field tours to visit places of interest.last_img read more

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DD Fitness: Before you give up, read this!

first_imgIf you are thinking of giving up on your resolutions because things seem too difficult or you don’t seem to be getting the results you hoped for on the scales, please read this article before you give up completely.If there is one thing that I have learned from training hundreds of people over the last few years, it is this;The scale is a great tool for measuring clients progress, but it is not the only tool for this. What the scale tells you shouldn’t be taken at face value, as no movement on the scale does not mean that there have not been changes in progress.All it means is that your body WEIGHT has not changed.This does not mean that your body FAT has not changed.I have the weight and measurements of every Personal Training client and every member of my Rushe Fitness classes from the last few years and there is ALWAYS, one thing stands out from the weigh-ins.The scale weight of the clients didn’t always match the inches lost by them or the visual changes in their pictures, or how their clothing was fitting. That is not to say that they didn’t lose any weight on the scale, but it didn’t always match up with the amount of inches lost from their waists, hips or thighs, but for most clients, especially the female ones, the scale will always be the ultimate factor to whether their plan was successful or not.Why is this?Why is it that we deem the scale as the ultimate indicator of success?It has been bred into us from years of marketing by the diet industry.You will hear people say that once they ‘lose that last X amount of weight’, they will be happy! As if an arbitrary amount of weight is going to improve your happiness.It won’t.I have had clients lose 10cm from their waist and drop 1-2 dress sizes over a 6-week period, but because the scale weight ‘only’ dropped 2kg, they deemed this as a failure.When asked if their clothes fitted better and if they were happy with the changes in their bodies, the answer is always ‘yes’, but this is nearly always followed with a ‘but’ and this ‘but’ is usually about the scale weight. One can’t really blame them.Females especially have been hardwired to think that the scales are the be-all and end-all of weight loss, and anything except rapid drops in scale weight is seen as a complete failure.This couldn’t be further from the truth.You are not defined by what the scale says.You must, first, understand the variations in weight:There are a few things that go into the variance, that you will see daily on the scale;Carb storesThis amount depends on how much carbohydrates you are currently eating.For every gram of carbohydrate that your body stores (muscle glycogen), it also stores 3 grams of water in the muscle. If you are low on carbs you will be at the lower end of your carb stores (you will weigh less).If you consume a ton of carbohydrates, you will be at the upper end of your carb stores (you will weigh more). This weight is not fat.Water retentionIf you consume more sodium (salt), than you are used to, you will probably retain more water (fluid). If you consume much less sodium, than you are used to, you will probably release water (fluid).Your body adjusts to the new levels accordingly, so don’t think that you can keep this value low just by cutting sodium out from your diet, as it is needed and having very low stores will result in fluid retention.There is a happy medium here.Don’t cut salt completely, but if you have a diet that is heavy on processed foods, you shouldn’t be adding salt to your food.Cycle bloatWomen will retain water during their cycle. For this reason, it’s probably best for women to compare their own scale weight on a bi-weekly or month-to-month basis.Example;So, let’s say that you are doing well on a diet plan, you have been sticking to it for a few weeks and then you end up out at the weekend and have a ‘bad night’ and go on a binge.You get up the next morning and feeling guilty, you step on the scales.Bam!Your weight is up and you look visibly bloated, in the mirror.Congratulations, you have just messed up the last few weeks of your diet.You may give up now and just go back to your old habits and get fat again and eat everything in sight………Woah, woah, woah….. hold on there Missy.Let’s look at what we said about carbs and water retention up above.Firstly; if you were on a low carb diet and eating pretty ‘clean’, we are going to assume that your carb and salt levels are slightly lower than normal.Your binge was probably, all the foods that you haven’t been eating over the last few weeks, possibly a takeaway.What you are more than likely experiencing, along with the guilt, is what happens when people go on a binge.Typically, they will retain a lot more carbs (glycogen) afterwards and see a massive increase in the scale weight.This is only water weight, not fatToo often, I’ll see people defeated because they “gained all of the weight back.”When the reality is, it is fluid retention and if they get back on track, this will level out over a few days and the ‘weight’ they have put on will be gone.The scale is a tool that can be used for measuring weight.Just remember that there are many ways to measure progress.Scale weight is only one of these and shouldn’t be exclusively used as the be all and end all, of your progress.How you look.How you feel.How your clothes fit.What your measurements say.What your pictures tell you.What others say.These are all much better indicators of whether your plan is working or not and you are not defined by a number on a scale.#leanin2019We are always welcoming new members into our Lean in 2019 program.Our course starts on February 18th.If you would like to pre-book your place you can contact me through the link belowhttps://www.rushefitness.ie/contact-us/DD Fitness: Before you give up, read this! was last modified: January 31st, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare 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:dd fitnessemmet rusherushe fitnesslast_img read more

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Disney VIP Tour – Is It Worth It?

first_imgShare This!Have you considered booking a VIP tour but wondered if it was worth the steep price? I just completed my second VIP tour since December, and I’ve put together a deep dive list of pros and cons.Since much of the VIP tour is backstage, I didn’t take many photos. This was the super swanky VIP pin we got at the end of the tour.For VIP tours, Disney charges $425 per hour, for a minimum of seven continuous hours, with a maximum of 10 guests. All guests must have valid park admission and infants are included in the guest count. As with any Disney pricing, this amount is seasonal and subject to change at any time.Additionally, while we are aware of outside companies that provide private tours inside Walt Disney World parks, we will only be discussing official VIP tours booked through Disney.Let’s start with the good stuff!ProsSPEEDY ACCESS TO EVERY ATTRACTIONWith a VIP tour, you get FastPass or backstage access to any attraction – multiple times!When arranging your tour, you submit a requested itinerary so that your guide can best plan the day. Standard height and medical restrictions for rides still apply during your tour and all other Disney rules and guidelines are still in effect.For most attractions, your guide will act as a magical FastPass for your party. They will go to the front of the FastPass entrance and tell the cast member on duty how many people are in your party. Whether or not your guide goes on the attraction is totally up to them. In the event they don’t ride with you, they will meet you at the exit. There is no need to worry about trying to locate them; they do this all the time. Your guide will find you.For rides that have the option, your guide may load you on to a ride through a backstage entrance. During my last tour, we went through the exit to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and got in our Space Cruiser as other guests were exiting. Other than the cool van transport (see below), this might have been the most VIP-like part of the tour.A significant bonus of the VIP tour is being able to go on favorite rides as many times as your stomach can handle. If your team wants to ride Slinky Dog Dash four times and wind down on the Alien Swirling Saucers, may the force be with you! If Pandora is on your list, you can spend the entire day circling through Flight of Passage. You can get into the character greetings that always seem to have lengthy lines, shows that you can’t find a FastPass for, or just enjoy having an experienced hand direct you through the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN PARKSPrivate van transportation between parks (aka air-conditioned transport) is included. Because you’re guaranteed seven consecutive hours with your guide, you will more than likely be able to visit multiple parks. You’ll be saving even more time by not having to bus/boat/monorail to your destination.When it’s time to change locations, your guide will lead your party backstage to a waiting van. Car seats or boosters will be in the van if you request them.SNACKS AND WATEROn both tours that I have taken in the last few months, there were cast members waiting at the van with cold water and a basket of snacks that included chips, cookies, applesauce pouches, and candy. On my most recent tour there were snacks at both the departing and arriving destinations. These are included in the price of your tour and you are encouraged to take more than one water and/or snack. All other food and beverage (like meals and in-park snacks) will be your responsibility during the duration of the tour. You do not need to worry about providing meals and snacks for your guide; Disney covers their expenses.INSIDER TIPS ON POPULAR RIDESOnce we realized that our first tour guide was willing to share tips for Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story Mania, we fought over who was going to sit next to her on the 2nd and 3rd passes. The same applies for hidden Mickeys, interesting park trivia, and fun (but respectful) stories about celebrities. You have a subject matter expert with you for at least seven hours, so save up those trivia questions.THE STRESS OF DISNEY TRIP PLANNING MELTS AWAYWith a VIP tour, much of the the usual stress and anxiety of planning a Disney trip is gone. It’s a very odd feeling to just stroll along in the parks without constantly being aware of that the lines for the rides are increasing with every passing moment (or am I the only one?!). If you decide to use some of your tour time to enjoy a sit-down dining experience, make your reservations in advance as usual. Your guide can assist you with same day reservations if they’re available, but they can’t create space where there isn’t any. In other words, they can’t bump existing reservations to get you into Be Our Guest because you’re paying for a VIP tour.ConsCOSTYou’re paying more than $3,000 for the tour and then an appropriate amount for gratuity. That’s A LOT of money!Gratuities are not required, but they are accepted. We’ve had good experiences, so we decided to tip our guides.THE GUIDE QUALITY VARIESThis probably doesn’t come as a shock, but every experience can be changed just by the personalities of the people around you. I’ve had two different guides and the experiences were vastly different. One guide was high energy and became a part of our group immediately. She was in on our coordinated ride photos and we ended the day with hugs and shared Instagram follows. My other guide had a professional and pleasant personality but was nothing like the first cast member. She reviewed our plans, asked if there were any changes, and marched us from ride to ride without ever looking back to see if we were following. We quickly learned to loudly alert her if some of our trio of little people needed a restroom or snack break. Both guides were knowledgeable, professional, and provided a wonderful experience, but they were very different.You may make requests for specific guides, but since tours can be booked 180 days in advance, you aren’t guaranteed to receive your requested cast member. Disney promises the tours will be “fun-filled and efficient” and that is accurate based on my experience.EVERYONE IN YOUR GROUP NEEDS TO BE ON BOARD WITH YOUR PLANPlan your itinerary with the entire group in mind. Your whole group really needs to agree on the entire itinerary or things get a little off kilter. Your guide can only be in one location at a time and several attractions have a double check-in process for FastPasses, which means your guide needs to stay with you until you’re almost ready to ride. Take this into account when booking for people with varying height, or medical restrictions, or certain ride aversions. Nobody wants to force a bunch of teenagers to ride Dumbo all day and the whole team will be unhappy if little ones are forced to hang around while the taller folks ride Everest.IT’S EXHAUSTINGA VIP tour makes for a very busy day. You aren’t spending any time waiting in line so you’re either on a ride or walking to the next attraction. In our experience, it’s very easy to log eight miles of walking during a seven-hour tour that includes several snacks and a sit-down lunch. Both groups I toured with needed a recovery day after our VIP experiences, so my advice is to skip the cute sandals and grab the comfortable, orthopedic tennis shoes and moisture wicking socks.Is a VIP tour on your bucket list? Would you do this for a milestone birthday? Have you already done a VIP tour and have thoughts you want to share? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more