Pat Ferris leads the Blizzard spring race

first_img**SubmittedPat Ferris leads the 25th Blizzard Spring Stage Race, after a weekend of racing. Pat won 4 of the 5 races held from Thursday to Sunday. He currently has 22 points with George Gamble in second at 17, Les Elliott 14 and Bob Andrews 8.Jolea Bilodeau leads the women’s Spring Stage Race after winning 4 of the 5 stages and has 24 points. Barb Polehoykie was 13 for second spot.- Advertisement -Stage #1: Pat Ferris won the 16 km Baldonnel time trial opener with a time of 27:18. Les Elliott was only 2 seconds back and Bob Andrews was third at 27:44. Jolea Bilodeau won the Women’s with 28:59 and Barb Polehoykie second at 30:42.Stage #2: Pat Ferris won the 3.5 km Beatton River hill climb with 23:00, George Gamble second at 23:21 and Richard Howes third at 23:29. Jolea Bilodeau won the women’s at 24:38.Stage #3: The 28 km new Frozen John loop was hilly, gravelly and difficult. Pat Ferris was first at 1:00:29, George Gamble 1:00:36 and Les Elliott third at 1:01:08. Jolea Bilodeau won the 2 lap Women’s’ at 32:21.Advertisement Stage #4: Les Elliott won the long and hilly 78 km Mile 62 road race with a time of 2:05:30, edging out Kevin Shaw and George Gamble by a bike length. Barb Polehoykie won the Women’s with 2:16:54.Stage 5: Pat Ferris won a close sprint with George Gamble, Kevin Shaw and Les Elliott. Jolea Bilodeau was in the group sprint as well. Their time was 1:15:00 for the 40 km Cecil Lake circuit.Coming up: Tuesday’s Stage 6 from Beatton park at 6:15 pm. Stage 7 is a Baldonnel time trial at 6:15 and Sunday is the final Stage #8 in Taylor for the Rocky Road Race at 1 pm.www.ferrisfastcycles.com Advertisementlast_img read more

US radio hosts sing Donegal’s praises to 16 million listeners

first_imgPresenters from six of America’s most popular radio stations have been visiting Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way on an action-packed programme to promote tourism. The hosts, who are guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, have a combined audience of some 16 million listeners.That huge audience – or potential US holidaymakers for Ireland – have been keeping up with the radio presenters’ travels here via social media. The radio presenters’ adventurous programme included a tour of Donegal Castle, a guided walk at Slieve League with Paddy Clarke, as well as a visit to the Glencolmcille Folk Village. They stayed in Lough Eske Castle.Each of the presenters has been conducting interviews throughout the visit with local tourism operators and personalities. The various interviews will air to some 16 million Americans later this month.Tour guide Barbara Hunter (left), with US radio presenters, during their fact-finding visit to Ireland.Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America and Australia, said: “We were delighted to invite these radio presenters to visit Donegal and Ireland. Their interviews will be heard by around 16 million people across the US – helping us to spread the word among American travellers about the many things to see and do on a vacation in Ireland. Visits like this are an invaluable part of Tourism Ireland’s overall promotional programme, delivering positive exposure for Donegal and Ireland through the American media.“Tourism Ireland has prioritised North America as a market which offers a strong return on investment, in terms of holiday visitors and expenditure. In 2019, Tourism Ireland aims to surpass the record-breaking performance of 2018 and to grow revenue from North American visitors by +8% to €1.99 billion, generated by 2.17 million visitors.” US radio hosts sing Donegal’s praises to 16 million listeners was last modified: April 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Failte IrelandtourismWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

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Gilas draws much-needed spark from youthful Ravena

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena is the youngest player in Gilas Pilipinas and he showed that youthful energy kn sparking the Filipinos’ win over Japan in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Gilas was down, 20-4, midway through the first quarter when Ravena singlehandedly started a revolution against Japan.ADVERTISEMENT He was also given the task to be part of the closeout crew with Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, and Gabe Norwwod.“I guess the preparation is just a matter of playing together, trusting the system, and trusting yourself as well, so all of us can step up in the big stage,” said Ravena. “The trust your coaches and your teammates give you is a big help.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Read Nextcenter_img Romeo vows to be ‘ready’ for Gilas in 3rd window Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And the rally began with a 3-pointer by Ravena, three simple points that became the foundation to a massive 37-6 run that gave Gilas a 41-26 lead at the 4:58 mark of the second quarter.The 24-year-old PBA rookie said spending time with his older, and better, teammates allowed him to perform under the bright lights of Fiba.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In terms of preparing for the big stage, I think it was a big thing that every day you get to spend time with the best players here in the Philippines,” said Ravena in Filipino after their 89-84 win Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Ravena finished with 13 points, eight coming in the first quarter, a period that the Philippines ended with a 22-21 lead, with five assists and two steals. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicolast_img read more

London Olympics: Mary Kom through to semis, assured of bronze

first_imgMC Mary Kom is turning out to be the cerebral fighter at the London Olympics. Up against the tall and strapping Maroua Rahali from Tunisia, the diminutive Indian used a solid strategy to outpunch her opponent 15-6 and assured herself of a bronze medal.The Excel arena was again packed with Indians and had the commentators raving about the achievements of Mary Kom, whose popularity in London has increased manifold.Wearing blue gear and with a spring in her feet, Mary Kom realised that winning an Olympic medal is not about just punching hard, but using the head as well.”I am thrilled that I am assured of a bronze medal. What makes it special is this is the first one in the 51kg category,” said Mary Kom, who has been in touch with professional coach Charles Atkinson on phone in Liverpool daily. She said the two had been discussing strategies regularly.Up against the five feet and six inches tall Rahali, Mary Kom took time to gauge her opponent. There was no bravado about her approach and fleet-footed Mary did well in the first round to understand what her opponent was going to throw at her.The Indian’s slick footwork caught the eye again as she stayed away from the ‘punching zone’ of her opponent. Mary earned her first two points in style and did not exactly open out, hitting her punches but winning in a measured manner.Mary Kom had a strong guard to show in a tight second round where either boxer was not willing to take chances. Rahali, predominantly a southpaw, may have hoped to score points with her better reach. But full credit to Mary Kom for not doing anything dangerous as caution was the watchword.advertisementIt was a very different Mary Kom the Excel arena supporters saw in the third round. The vocal support for Mary Kom grew loud and the Indian responded beautifully. Realising that Rahali was not doing much damage, Mary Kom waded into her opponent and scored vital clean points. She registered five points in this period and went to the corner at the break with a smile on her face.Yet, Mary Kom realised there was no room for complacency in the fourth round, where her energy level was still high. The Indian used a solid punching strategy to get the better of the Tunisian in the last round with four vital points.Up next for Mary Kom is Britain’s Nicola Adams. The crowd support will be there for the Briton, but Mary Kom is not bothered.”I am aware I have to do my best and see if I can get silver. Let me tell you one thing, having moved to a higher weight category, it’s tough as I can’t put on weight,” said Mary Kom.”Competing in the Olympics and now being assured of a medal is a dream come true for me. I have been training with boys taller and heavier than me and it has helped a lot,” added the five-time world champion.Lest one thinks this has been an easy effort for Mary Kom, she was quick to add: “I have only been fighting at this weight for 51kg since a short time. It’s so hard,” said the Manipuri star.From the Indian point of view, Mary Kom’s bronze has assured the country its best haul at an Olympics. This is also the first time at an Olympics that two Indian women are winning medals. Saina Nehwal was the first to do so when she won bronze on Saturday.HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BOUT:Samip Rajguru: “Best ever olympics for India confirmed.”Samip Rajguru: “Final score 15-6. Mary you rule the ring!”S Kannan: “Mary Kom scores well against the tall Tunisian. Mukkee pe mukkaa!”Samip Rajguru: “Mary wins in a style! One more bronze confirmed, but we are looking at gold. Nicola Adams is next for her in the semi-finals.”Samip Rajguru: “Mary fighting like a tigress… and leading like one too! Her opponent from Tunisia is the prey.” India Today: Three round of domination by Mary Kom. She has now stretched her lead to 11-4. Surely, she can’t lose it from here now. Just one more round to go. Gaurav Gala: “5-3 in favour of Mary after two rounds. More of the same please Mary.” India Today: This is amazing boxing by Mary Kom. She is bringing all her experience to the ring here. Superb show gives her a 5-3 lead after two rounds. A bronze medal is almost withing grasp. advertisementIndia Today: It’s a great start for Mary Kom. She has taken a slender, but important, lead in the first round for a 2-1 lead. Samip Rajguru: “Mary prayed before the bout for about 20 seconds. I will ask her and tell you about it after the bout.”Gaurav Gala: “Biggest cheer of the night just went up for Mary.” Samip Rajguru: “Excel arena is full with Indian supporters for Mary Kom. About 3 mins to start guy.”Gaurav Gala: “Mary Kom’s bout up next… Atnicipation at fever pitch now.”Aaj Tak Sports Editor Samip Rajguru: “Mary about to start in 5 mins…” India Today: Just a few minutes left for Mary Kom’s big fight. Her opponent is 24-year-old Maroua Rahali of Tunisia, who is fighting her first bout as she got a bye in the previous rounds. Mary had won her last fight 19-14.Mail Today Sports Editor S Kannan: “Mary Kom bout in afternoon. Are you ready?”Headlines Today Sports Editor Gaurav Gala: “India could gurantee two boxing medals today if Mary Kom and Vijender win their bouts.”last_img read more