North-West Karate club perform superbly at International Open – Pic Special

first_imgKARATE: North West Shotokan Karate Club travelled south recently to compete at the Carlow International Open which took place on the 1st – 2nd October. This is an annual karate tournament for children, cadets and seniors and always attracts high quality competitors not only from across Ireland and the UK  but also from the Continent. With NWSKC Head Coach, Mandy McNulty, as one of the tournament referees, the team of 20 students was ably led by assistant coaches Eathan O’Donnell, Ciara Dullaghan, Elaine Dullaghan and Sloan O’Donnell. The NWSKC students did not disappoint their coaches and supporters, bringing a fantastic total of 51 medals back to the north-west.The children’s competition got underway on Saturday morning and the team kata event saw the NWSKC’s first success with Rachel Carlin, Christian O’Brien and Caitlin Sweeney achieving the silver medal position with a strong team performance. Rachel went on to equal this with her performance in the individual kata event, collecting another silver, while Caitlin secured a bronze.  Not to be outdone, Oran Doherty achieved the silver medal in his category of the individual kata. The kumite events brought more podium success for the young students as Emma Ellis and Hollie Gallagher battled through to the final in their team kumite to lift the silver medal, while Lucas McColgan also secured a silver medal in his team kumite alongside two members of the kazoku club. In the individual kumite event, Rachel Carlin won her third medal of the day, outfighting her opponents to lift the gold in her category. Caitlin added to her personal tally with another silver medal for kumite while Emma and Hollie each fought effectively through the elimination rounds to achieve bronze medals in their respective individual kumite categories.All in all it was a successful first day, particularly since some of these students were experiencing Carlow and its tough level of competition for the first time. Zara Thompson, one of the youngest member of the team, impressed her coaches with her performance in both the kata and kumite events, and although finishing outside the medal positions on this occasion, she gained valuable experience for future competitions.The competition on Sunday saw the more experienced athletes take to the mats in a highly competitive atmosphere. The day got off to a wonderful start as the NWSKC students demonstrated great teamwork across all categories in the team kata events. In the Senior Ladies event, sisters Ciara, Emer and Elaine Dullaghan proved too strong for their rivals and their performance brought them gold medals. This achievement was matched in the Senior Men’s event: Stephen John Carlin alongside brothers Eathan and Sloan O’Donnell also lifted gold with their team kata. In the Cadets category, Rebecca Burke, Lucy Casey and Isobel Walsh did not disappoint and supplied another gold medal-winning performance for the NWSKC with their team kata. The individual kata competitions saw more success for both Rebecca and Stephen John, as each achieved a second gold medal in their respective categories. Emer achieved a silver medal for her individual kata performance, while strong individual performances in their respective categories from James Burke, Lucy and Eathan each added another bronze to the growing tally. The strong team performances by the NWSKC continued into Sunday afternoon as the kumite competition began. Laura Browne, Ciara Dullaghan and Elaine Dullaghan out-fought all their rivals both in team rotation and team kumite events to achieve double gold medals, an outstanding team performance. Eathan and Sloan O’Donnell enjoyed success in both formats also, fighting through to win silver medals in their category in both team rotation and team kumite. Stephen John Carlin and James Burke also secured silver medal with strong fighting in their category of team kumite. Individual kumite events were fiercely contested and there was plenty for NWSKC students and supporters to cheer. Eathan O’Donnell led by example in his category, securing gold with his kumite skills; Laura Browne was once again impressive on the mats, winning a third gold medal of the afternoon in her individual kumite; in their respective individual kumite events, Stephen John Carlin added a third gold medal to his personal tally, while James Burke collected a second silver medal; Ciara Dullaghan and Isobel Walsh each secured silver in their respective categories of the individual kumite event, while Sloan O’Donnell lifted the bronze medal in both the Sanbon and Ippon kumite contests.The Carlow International Open competition traditionally includes challenge matches where a team selected to represent the host club takes on an international team in each age category: Carlow versus ‘The Rest of the World.’ On this occasion, three NWSKC students were selected to fight alongside visiting athletes for the ‘Rest of the World’ team: Joshua Thompson fought well and achieved a silver medal in this event; Emma Ellis showed impressive kumite skills to help her team to victory against Carlow; in the Senior event, Elaine Dullaghan fought strongly against her opponent, contributing to the international team’s success against the hosts. There was another unexpected cause for celebration among the NWSKC students as their head coach, Mandy McNulty was awarded ‘Referee of the Day’, an honour which acknowledged her impartiality and excellence in adjudication throughout the tournament. The kumite events of Sunday afternoon brought to an end another successful day for the club. The final medal tally was an impressive 23 gold, 20 silver and 8 bronze medals, a total of 51 medals brought home to the north-west. As always, however, the medal tally tells only part of the story and all the NWSKC students competed well, gained valuable competition experience and brought great credit to the club with their attitude and conduct. Head Coach Sensei McNulty congratulated all the students who competed and thanked all the club supporters who made the journey to Carlow.   North-West Karate club perform superbly at International Open – Pic Special was last modified: October 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

Helping SA’s truckers stay healthy

first_img9 April 2013 Petroleum company Engen has teamed up with multi-partner organisation Trucking Wellness to launch its latest annual campaign to help South Africa’s long-distance truck drivers maintain healthy lifestyles while on the country’s roads. The Driver Wellness campaign started at Engen garages across Mpumalanga province at the beginning of this month, with hundreds of truck drivers already screened for various diseases. The initiative, in which mobile clinics, nurses and counsellors are stationed at garages to provide truck drivers with various health care services, is expected to cover 17 Engen sites and reach thousands of drivers by the end of October. “Drivers get an opportunity to go for free voluntary screening in mobile clinics by qualified nurses and councillors for high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, tuberculosis, BMI (body mass iIndex) and HIV and Aids,” said Engen Petroleum spokesperson Tania Landsberg. The programme also provides counselling and a referral service where required. According to Landsberg, 841 drivers presented themselves for screening in 2012, compared to 400 in 2011. This year, the aim is to increase the number of drivers screened by a further 30%. “We appreciate what the campaign does to encourage us to get tested because early detection can save many lives,” said Henry Mngomezulu, a long-distance truck driver who was tested in Emakhazeni on Friday. “We are always on the road and we don’t get time to visit our nearest clinics when we are at home.” Corporate social investment manager at Engen, Khanyisa Balfour, said the company believed that initiatives like these “can make a real difference in road safety in the long run and encourage a healthy lifestyle change in professional drivers”. Balfour said the Belfast truck stop was one of many around the country where drivers rested overnight after spending long hours on the road during the day. The campaign is set to cover most regions of South Africa and will next be taken to KwaZulu-Natal. Source: read more

Bike, car lovers rejoice at Speed Autocar Performance Show 2006

first_imgPOWERPACKED: Chevrolet’s ‘concept’ SRV modelCall it an accelerating need for speed or the Dhoom phenomenon, fast bikes and faster cars are taking over Indian roads. Pace junkies are gunning for more bang for their buck and constantly hunting for ways to pump up their vehicle’s velocity.And the auto industry and,POWERPACKED: Chevrolet’s ‘concept’ SRV modelCall it an accelerating need for speed or the Dhoom phenomenon, fast bikes and faster cars are taking over Indian roads. Pace junkies are gunning for more bang for their buck and constantly hunting for ways to pump up their vehicle’s velocity.And the auto industry and specialists are gearing to whet this craving for speed. So fast cars get faster and smarter with technical and body-work modifications. As ace automobile designer Dilip Chhabaria says, “It is an international trend and Indian customers can’t be far behind. It’s a clear direction that market forces are moving in.”PACE ATTACK: Gautum Singhania’s Lotus EliseIn a reflection of this frenzy, the fastest bikes, cars, and the latest-in-performance accessories and die-hard pace junkies came together in a unique show, Speed Autocar Performance Show 2006 held in Mumbai from November 23 to 26. The fact that the event has grown nearly twice in size since its inception last year is proof that speedometers across the country are ticking.”There is definitely an increase in performance culture in the country. Today, cars are a status symbol. And with better cars and smoother roads being available we will only see a rise in this culture,” says Hormazd Sorabjee, editor of Autocar India. Never-seen before speedsters like the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Audi Q7, Range Rover Sports, BMW 740Li, Pininfarina-styled Ferrari and the Mugen-tuned Honda were on display at the event.General Motors India flexed its muscles with a ‘concept’ Chevrolet SRV model touted as “India’s first sportback car” valued at Rs 7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). “It is a supercharged 150 bhp after-market option which we will offer the performanceoriented customer through the accessories route,” said Rajeev Agrawal, manager, National Product Planning, General Motors India. And while this concept model may still not be on sale, the average Aveo can now be fitted with a body kit, starting at Rs 25,000.advertisementFAST AND FURIOUSLamborghini Gallardo Spyder: With a top speed of 315 km, this mean four-wheel drive machine features the Lamborghini V10 engine.Price: Rs: 2.6 crore (approximately)Range Rover Sport: This 2.7 litre V6 diesel is their latest SUV model.Price: Rs 65 lakh upwards (ex-showroom)Audi Q7: This 3-litre TDI V8 diesel SUV has the distinct Audi stamp.Price: Rs 62 lakh upwards (ex-showroom)BMW 740i: This power car with V8 400 cc 303 horsepower engine is absolute luxury.Price: Rs 81 lakh (ex-showroom)The Indian contingent too pulled out all stops. Tata Motors’ Indica Silhouette, a 3.5 litre V6 330 PS formula ‘concept’ car, capable of doing 0-100 km in 4.5 seconds with top speed of 270 kmph, attracted quite a few flashbulbs.J. Anand, managing director, Jayem Automotives, which works with Tata Motors on performance derivatives, says, “The concept car was developed to show the performance capabilities of the Indica. The Silhouette is a sportier version of the more practical Indica. Everything in it is indigenous, so it is great value-for-money.”Mahindra too showcased customised vehicles built on the Scorpio and Bolero platforms while Bajaj launched its 220 dtsi Pulsar and Apollo unveiled its W-speed rated directional tyre, Aspire, at the event.So what if you don’t own a speedster like the Lamborghini or Ferrari, you can soup up your Honda or Skoda and get your self a mean machine. Niche manufacturers like Chhabaria have seen markets grow and car manufacturers are following suit.Mugen powered performance kits for the Honda Civic, City and Accord V6 are available with Linkway Honda (the high performance kit for the Honda City costs approximately Rs 3,65,486). Additionally, you can buy accessories for Skoda’s Octavia, Laura and Superb by German brand Milotec at Trends, a DC Design company with the Laura body kit starting at Rs 18,800.MEAN MACHINE: Lamborghini Gallardo SpyderSpeed enthusiasts and tweaking experts are just getting started. Karanraj Shah of KS Motorsport has seen the business speed up since he started out nearly five years ago. “Earlier, we used to import five filters and had to convince people to get them installed. Now we bring in a container full and the customers are more aware,” he says.Modifications start at Rs 3,000 and go up to Rs 4-5 lakh. Shah’s younger clientele prefers quicker modifications. “Day jobs like simple filters, ignition units that increase spark discharge, fuel management systems and exhausts are very popular,” says Shah. Other changes include adding turbo chargers, nitrous oxide system, replacing Indian engines with Japanese engines etc.VROOM FACTOR: Pininfarina-styled FerrariMineel Chitroda, who runs MKraft Design, a successful business in body kits, concept vehicle interiors and customized paint job with brother Moneet, provides design solutions to clients who want to modify the look of their car.”The market is rapidly growing even in terms of design,” says Moneet, adding that clients are ready to shell out over Rs 2 lakh to give their cars a new look. Even as engines are revved up and body work waxed, car lovers are ready to vroom off in style, secure in the knowledge that potholed roads or not, speed is the king.advertisementlast_img read more