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Rugby coach makes healthy eating part of game plan

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  There is one reliable rule when it comes to living well: eat healthily.  Schezelle Fleming, rugby coach at the South East Port of Spain Secondary School in Trinidad and Tobago has ingested that lesson and now wants others to do the same.

In addition to teaching the basics of the fast-paced sport, Fleming enlightens the boys and girls of the benefits of healthy eating during rugby training. Giving health advise to children between the ages of 11 and 17 can promote lifelong healthy habits.

Talking about eating healthy is good but Fleming also wants to put it into practice and her food company ‘Happy Oat’ will make that possible after every training session.

“I plan on providing them with ‘Happy Oat minis’ when we start back training next year, as well as embark on some nutritional food projects with them,” she said.

 Fleming started the ‘Happy Oat’ in 2017.  Happy Oat is a company that manufactures healthy treats.  However, in 2018, Fleming went on a hiatus and the business stalled.

“The load was too overwhelming. It was challenging to manage my job, my son, rugby, and a business in all aspects,” she admitted.

With all the downtime provided by the Covid-19 pandemic, Fleming revisited the venture but “this time in a much more organised manner.”

The oatmeal muffins offered by the Happy Oat have an impressive selection of flavours, namely Banana Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Walnut, Cranberry, Mixed Nuts (Pecans, Brazil Nuts, Walnuts, and Almonds), Carrot Raisin and Coconut.

In addition, “Happy Oat muffins do not have any wheat, dairy, eggs or added refined sugar. They are also extremely moist and filling, but not heavy,” said Fleming.

Recently, customers were given the option of adding agave, a plant-based sweetener, to their muffins for extra sweetness.

“As research shows, it [agave] is low on the glycemic index (which means it’s diabetic friendly).”

“I liked the agave because I didn’t have to use as much to sweeten unlike honey,” she noted.

The general feedback from customers is positive.

Fleming says customers are blown away by how moist and tasty the muffins are for ‘healthy food’.

She describes it as “the most precious feedback” because she loves being able to provide quality options, especially because she is the only person running the operation.

“Currently, the Happy Oat team is just me – the happy baker, social media marketing/content creator, manager etc,” Fleming said.

Nevertheless, Happy Oat is growing. So much so that Fleming expects it to become one of the official sponsors of the South East Port of Spain Secondary School rugby team.

Happy Oat’s delicious muffins are available at the recently opened Fitt Street Market.  The Fitt Street Market supports local food businesses and is located at the corner of Fitt Street and Ariapita Avenue in Port of Spain.

 Wanting more people to opt for healthy snacks is one thing but producing healthy snacks that put people in a good mood, rather than leaving a bad aftertaste is another and Fleming is glad she found the recipe.

 

 

 



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Summit track and field features stars from multiple team sports

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Jadyn Dalrymple, from left, Cami Davis, Miabella Guadagnoli, Brooke Gloudemans, Taylor Tullio and Leila Nearpass get ready to sprint at Summit High School track and field practice at Tiger Stadium in Breckenridge on Wednesday, May 5.
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The Summit High School track and field team was the lone varsity sport to compete in spring 2020.

Fourteen months ago, a Tigers contingent led by 2020 graduates Jeremiah Vaille, Max Bonenberger, Gabe Dalrymple, Paul Hans and PK Vincze ran, threw and leaped at the Rangeview Raider Invitational in Aurora.

Then, suddenly, it was all over due to the onset of the pandemic.



“There are so many kids who are very excited about the season,” Tigers head coach Kristy McClain said. “When we didn’t have last year; it was a heartbreaker. And we had high hopes for last year, but there are a lot of hopes we’re carrying into this year. The kids are working hard and settling into what events and specialties they want to focus on.”

Those leaders, who were poised last spring to take the program to one of its best seasons in recent memory, have now moved onto post high school life. Vaille and Bonenberger are part of one of the best Division II programs in the country as distance runners at Colorado School of Mines while Vincze is training with USA Rugby this year after delaying her enrollment at Harvard University to this fall.



Despite the losses, the Tigers have several top athletes returning, including two top veterans who won an event at the Rangeview Raider Invitational.

Junior Emily Koetteritz won the 300-meter hurdles and senior Corey Johnson won the discus at the Rangeview meet last year. They are two of an athletic group of newcomers and veterans McClain said will anchor the Tigers team this year.

Johnson was elected team captain with fellow seniors Bryton Ferrari and Lexi Vaille. McClain said Ferrari will be one of the team’s best sprinters in the 100 and 200 meters.

“She has one of the best work ethics of any athlete I’ve ever known,” McClain said about the future Colorado School of Mines rugby player. “Every day, she is working hard.”

While Ferrari will lift up the Tigers’ runners, Johnson and Vaille — who also compete in hurdles — will be the vocal leaders for the team’s younger throwers under the tutelage of throwing coach Michael Hagen.

McClain said Tigers sophomores Dom Remeikis and Zach McBride should carry their cross-country success to the mile and 800-meter runs. McClain also said seniors Sam Burke, Korben Long and Theodore Preaus will add running depth to the boys side.

And Koetteritz will provide a triple-threat across sprinting, jumping and hurdling disciplines for Summit. McClain said Koetteritz will contend in the triple jump and long jump as well as 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

“I couldn’t ask for a better athlete on the track team than Emily,” McClain said.

The team will also have seniors Brielly Quigley and Lily Hess add depth to the girls running side. McClain said Hess is available for the 100- and 200-meter runs after the future Coastal Carolina rugby player returns from a wrist injury that prevented her from playing rugby this fall. McClain said Hess may play into the high potential Summit has for several relays this year.

Ferrari said she’s most excited for the 4-x-100-meter relay, a group featuring Lucy Brady, Koetteritz and some other top runners who are ready to break the school record after tying it in 2019.

Ferrari said she expects a big season from football stars Aidan Collins, a junior, and Cam Kalaf, a senior, who have run the 100 fast in practice. Less than a week after leading Summit rugby to a state title, Ferrari said the track team has a great combination of top athletes from multiple sports, including some who’ll race in the same relay.

“That connection in the relays is really cool for track,” Ferrari said.


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The 15 huge omissions from the 2021 Lions squad

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Warren Gatland has named his 37-man British and Irish Lions squad to take on world champions South Africa this year, and there are some surprise omissions.

In what is a smaller squad than usual and after a Guinness Six Nations where teams exceeded, and indeed fell short of, what was expected of them, some big names were always going to miss out. Here are 15 names:

Johnny Sexton
Vying to become Ireland’s most capped Lion in the professional era, injuries may have taken their toll on the 35-year-old Ireland captain Johnny Sexton, who missed Leinster’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against La Rochelle with a head injury. On top of that, he was competing against a wealth of high class fly-halves.

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Jonathan Davies
The player of the tour in 2017 and a starting centre in the Lions’ past six Test matches, Wales centre Jonathan Davies misses out after struggling to find top form since a devastating knee injury in 2019. He has played seven Tests since his return from injury, but obviously has not reached the level Gatland requires.

James Ryan
Ireland and Leinster’s James Ryan made his Test debut against the USA during the 2017 tour, and since then the 24-year-old lock has won titles for both club and country. He was untouchable for two years between 2018 and 2019, but suffered a slight dip in form in a crucial year.

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Ireland’s James Ryan and Johnny Sexton. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Kyle Sinckler
After featuring in all three Tests against the All Blacks from the bench in 2017, Kyle Sinckler has featured heavily under Eddie Jones since then. However, the Bristol Bears tighthead is one of many casualties from England’s poor Six Nations.

Garry Ringrose
Ireland’s Garry Ringrose was relatively new to Test rugby in 2017, having made his debut in November 2016, and therefore missed out on the Lions. This year he has just been pipped by the likes of Chris Harris, who had an exemplary Six Nations.

Billy Vunipola
After a shoulder injury forced him to withdraw from the 2017 Lions tour, Billy Vunipola misses out this year after struggling to put in the performances he is capable of over the Six Nations. Saracens’ season in the Greene King IPA Championship has affected many players, but none more so than the England No8.

Cian Healy
In what was likely to be his last chance to earn a Lions Test cap after an ankle injury midway through the 2013 tour sabotaged his chances, the 33-year-old Ireland prop Cian Healy has been pipped in his pursuit of that cap by some looseheads who have surged into consideration over the last 18 months.

Jonny May
Since narrowly missing out on the 2017 tour, Jonny May has had an exceptional four years, scoring 25 tries in that time and becoming England’s second-highest try scorer. He was a safe bet for the Lions across that period but this recent Six Nations saw the emergence of some new wingers on the Test scene such as Louis Rees-Zammit and Duhan van der Merwe, which pushed the 31-year-old out.

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Jonny May (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Jonny Gray
As good as Jonny Gray was for Scotland during the Six Nations, the reality is the second-row position currently has some players that are likely to go down as all time greats. The Scottish tackling machine is playing in a generation where some very good locks will miss out on the Lions.

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Manu Tuilagi
A tourist in 2013, Manu Tuilagi was always in a race to make the Lions this year due to a ruptured Achilles in September. Though he is expected to be fit for the summer, he has still not played since first picking up the injury.

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Manu Tuilagi. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Jack Nowell
A toe ligament injury has meant 2017 tourist Jack Nowell has been limited to a handful of minutes this year for Exeter, which left him too little time to make a statement to the selectors.

Sam Underhill
A stellar 2019 and 2020 with England meant Sam Underhill was in a good position to earn a Lions berth at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately a hip injury came at the worst possible time and ruled him out of the Six Nations this year.

Henry Slade
Another player who would have suffered from England’s Six Nations, Henry Slade’s 2020 was perfect for Exeter Chiefs and at international level, but 2021 has proven to be more tricky. This was not only at Test level, as Exeter crashing out of the Champions Cup may have been decisive too.

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Joe Marler
Despite missing this year’s Six Nations for personal reasons, Joe Marler’s performances for Harlequins this season put him in the Lions conversation. But the 2017 tourist revealed he did not even receive an email saying he was in consideration.

Josh Navidi
A favourite of Gatland’s during his tenure in charge of Wales, Josh Navidi must have come close to making this squad but was shaded by some flankers who had exceptional Six Nations campaigns.

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VIDEO: Former rugby player, Lindani Myeni’s memorial service – SABC News

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The memorial service for former rugby player, Lindani Myeni, who was fatally shot by police in Honolulu in the US, is being held in KwaZulu-Natal.

Live stream below:

Family and friends of Lindani Myeni have started arriving for his memorial service at the Empangeni Rugby Club in  KwaZulu-Natal.

29-year old Myeni was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in Honolulu in Hawaii, United States, in April. The incident happened after police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a location near his home.

Myeni’s body arrived in South Africa on Saturday. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala is expected to speak at the memorial service. Myeni’s widow, Lindsay, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Honolulu police.

 

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