Mike Gays: inspiring more disabled golfers

first_img Mike Gays, 27, from Huntingdon, is an amputee who is trying to encourage more people with disabilities to get into sportMike was born with one leg shorter than the other and, after more than 20 operations to try to ease his pain, his right leg was amputated at the knee two years ago.A keen golfer, Mike had struggled to walk the full 18 holes before his surgery, often having to rest for an entire day following a round of golf. Following his surgery in October 2014, Mike rehabbed for three months before making his way back onto the golf course with the help of a buggy. Now, using a motorised Golf Board, Mike plays golf twice a week at Brampton Park Golf Club without feeling any pain from his leg.A five handicapper before his surgery, Mike has worked hard over the last two years to re-master the game. A true tale of perseverance and commitment, Mike’s handicap fell to four, the lowest mark of his life, after shooting a best ever score of 69 at Brampton Park.Mike plays a number of disability sports, including snowboarding, wheelchair basketball and amputee football but sees golf as the sport that best allows disabled and non-disabled sportsmen to compete side by side, and encourages his team-mates in other sports to try playing golf.Mike said; “I’ve always loved golf but found it difficult to play because of my leg. Now I am able to play 18 holes twice a week without suffering any pain. The rest of my game hasn’t changed at all as I still have a full range of movement in my upper body.”He continued: “Golf is a perfect sport for disabled people and amputees. It’s an active and social sport, but one that isn’t too physically tough on the body. No matter your level of disability there will be a way for you to play golf and, if you want to, to do so competitively. I play regularly with James Reeson, one of the top ranked amateur golfers in the country. Due to the handicap system we can still have really competitive matches despite my surgery. I would completely encourage anyone with a disability to get into golf; it’s a fantastic way to stay active and social.”Limb Power, founded in 2009, is the national disability sports organisation responsible for engaging amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity.Limb Power Sports Development Officer Andy Brittles is another amputee who loves the game of golf and said: ”I had always wanted to play golf from a young age but due to having a problem with one of my legs I was unable to play. Once I had that leg amputated the first sport I played was golf and I have played for the last 30 years.“I love the game and the fact you can play against non-disabled people on a level playing field with your golf handicap. I have been fortunate to play golf at many great courses in the UK and abroad. It’s a great individual challenge as well as a very sociable game. My advice to any amputee new or old is give golf a go, you won’t regret it.”Visit www.getintogolf.org to find out about beginner courses, taster lessons and special events at clubs and ranges nationwide. 17 Oct 2016 Mike Gays: inspiring more disabled golfers last_img read more

Grand Forks dumps coach, wins first of the KIJHL season in dramatic style Friday against Columbia Valley

first_imgBreak out the champagne; the Grand Forks Border Bruins won for the first time in the 2011-12 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.And the Bruins achieved the victory in dramatic style.Five different players scored to rally the Bruins from a 3-1 deficit en route to a 5-4 win over the Columbia Valley Rockies Friday in Invermere.And Grand Forks achieved feat minus popular head coach Brent Batten, relieved of his duties earlier in the week.Behind the bench for the Bruins was Batten’s assistant Matt Zamec.Tyler Wagner pulled the Bruins even and Brendan Jackson scored the winner with 5:34 remaining in the game to seal win number one of the KIJHL season.Grand Forks, winless in 23 previous games, was the only winless team in the KIJHL before Friday’s monumental victory.Mitchell Nishimura, Austin Lee and Nathan Corey also scored for Grand Forks.Jeremy Mandoli was in goal to record the win for Grand Forks.Saturday, the Bruins were brought back down to earth as Fernie routed Grand Forks 9-1 before suffering a 14-3 shellacking Sunday at the hands of the Golden Rockets.The game concluded a three-game road trip through the Eddie Mountain Division for the Boundary City squad.last_img read more


first_imgBig Ox Energy of South Sioux City has suspended production so it can make repairs that the company hopes will resolve ongoing discharge and odor issues.Spokesman Kevin Bradley says the partial shutdown of the renewable energy plant means it won’t be accepting truckloads of organic waste from customers for the next several weeks:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/BRADLEY1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….Roth Industrial Park. ;18The company has been under criticism and has been sued by residents over odor issues.Bradley says the plant damage has occurred since Big Ox began operations in September 2016.He says the repairs will take weeks but will hopefully resolve the ongoing issues:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/BRADLEY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..as we get in. :13Earlier this month Nebraska Environmental officials cited Big Ox for failing to control emissions.The plant has been under scrutiny from the NDEQ and EPA since neighbors complained about the odors.Bradley says he hopes the company can bring an end to the ongoing problems and that they will find success and be a good neighbor and important part of the Siouxland community:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/BRADLEY3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..were looking for. :22Big Ox Energy employs around 30 workers.Bradley says some will be involved in the repair process and others may be temporarily laid off during the production shutdown.last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley manager Dyche admits seeking outside help to solve form slump

first_imgBurnley manager Dyche admits seeking outside help to solve form slumpby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley manager Sean Dyche has revealed he’s sought outside assistance to help him get to the bottom of their form woes.Dyche has asked trusted football contacts to watch games at Turf Moor in order to give an independent view on what is going wrong.”We get feedback from the staff and the players and I have people outside the club as well who I listen to, who I trust or who I ask to come to our games. They are very honest people who look through the results,” he said.”I certainly don’t think I’ve got all the answers. You’re in the wrong business if you think you have got all the answers because it’s a very tough business to have any answer.”We out-ran Everton in virtually every metric,” he said. “How could we have 50-50 possession, 11 against 10 shots, 23 crosses against 19 (without commitment). It is an impossibility.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoHertha Berlin midfielder Grujic confident of future with Liverpool

first_imgHertha Berlin midfielder Grujic confident of future with Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHertha Berlin midfielder Marko Grujic believes he has a future with Liverpool.The 23-year-old has returned to the German capital for a second consecutive season as he prepares to join Liverpool’s first team come 2020/21.”It’s not easy to become a part of the Liverpool squad, I can see myself in the red shirt but I have to become more experienced before I can wear it again,” Grujic told the Liverpool Echo.“I want to improve my physical performance and take my concentration to another level. I want to be ready for Liverpool so I will have a chance to get into the team.”Despite offers from Atalanta, Brighton and Eintracht Frankfurt, Grujic stayed at the Olympiastadion – revealing Jurgen Klopp was the driving force behind the decision.He said: “He said that it would be a great opportunity for me to improve my development. The Bundesliga is one of the strongest leagues in the world and Hertha BSC is a big club.“It is very important for me to play regularly right now and [Klopp] told me to fight for my place in the team.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Court orders Amazon to end WiFi button purchases in Germany

first_imgBERLIN — A German court has ordered Amazon to stop taking orders from customers using wireless-enabled buttons because they breach e-commerce rules.The Munich regional court ruled Thursday that Amazon’s Dash buttons fail to provide customers with necessary information, such as the price of the product they are purchasing.Amazon allows customers to set up the buttons to buy specific household products and food with a single press.But the court found that Amazon reserves the right to change aspects of the order, such as price, delivery cost and even product brand.The case was brought by a German consumer protection group, which said it had received complaints from Amazon customers.German news agency dpa reported that the Internet retail giant plans to appeal the ruling.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Central forces conduct route march in the city

first_imgKolkata: Central forces conducted route march in various parts of the city on Monday as part of area domination and confidence building measure among the people ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. A contingent of central forces along with officials of Kolkata police conducted route march in various parts of north Kolkata. Ten companies of central paramilitary forces had arrived in the state since Friday and are conducting flag marches in different parts of Kolkata and elsewhere before the seven-phase polls in the state beginning on April 11. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers On Saturday during their route march the central forces personnel knocked at the doors of the people and assuring them not to be afraid of hooligans. The ruling Trinamool Congress Sunday said the central paramilitary personnel should not “terrorise” the people in the “name of making them feel safe and secure”. The BJP has alleged that TMC is afraid that due to presence of central forces their plans to rig the polls might fall flat.last_img read more

Massive fire at chemical factory in Mundka

first_imgNEW DELHI: A fire broke out at a factory situated at Swaran Park in west Delhi’s Mundka in West Delhi on Monday morning.According to fire officials the fire department received a call at around 11.35 PM and dispatched 20 fire tenders to the spot. Since the fire was huge, senior officers too rushed to the spot. However, the workers of the factory managed to vacate the building just in time. Officials said no casualties has been reported and efforts are on to douse the blaze. The fire officers took several hours to douse the flames. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThick black smoke was seen coming out of the factory. The reason of the fire is being investigated. In another incident, a minor fire broke out at a shop in Govindpuri. Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was doused successfully. No loss of life was reported from Govindpuri either. Last month, at least seventeen people died after a massive fire broke out at a central Delhi’s hotel, Arpit Palace. The hotel is located near the Gurudwara road in Karol Bagh.last_img read more

Two militants killed in Shopian gunfight

first_imgSrinagar: Two militants were killed on Saturday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said. “Following a brief shoot out in the orchard area of Gahand village the two militants were killed. Their exact identities and affiliations are being ascertained,” an officer said. The gunfight broke out when militants fired on the security forces was they were conducting a cordon and search operation.last_img

Ircon bags Rs 635 cr order from Sri Lanka Railways

first_imgNew Delhi: State-run engineering and construction firm Ircon International Ltd (Ircon) Thursday said it has bagged an order worth Rs 635 crore from Sri Lanka Railways. The contract is for upgradation of the northern railway line from Maho-Omanthai in Sri Lanka, Ircon said in a statement. Under the contract, Ircon will upgrade single line broad gauge track from Maho-Omantha of around 128 km length including associated infrastructure works, it said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The company has been awarded an international railway contract worth approximately $91.27 million equivalent to Rs 635 crore from Sri Lanka Railways. This is an item rate contract which is financed through Exim Bank of India as per Indian lines of credit. “The project is to rebuild the rail track to make it capable of carrying trains at speeds of 120 kmph and with heavier loads and to ensure efficient, safe, and comfortable transport service for passengers and freight,” it said. Under the Ministry of Railways, Ircon is a leading turnkey construction company having presence in several states of India and countries like Malaysia, Nepal, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, the UK, Algeria and Sri Lanka.last_img read more