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Mountain Mama: Become a better kayaker in fifteen minutes a day

first_imgIs it possible to become a better kayaker in fifteen minutes a day?Dear Mountain Mama,The usual suspects keep me busy after my 9-5 grind – significant other, kids, and dogs. Despite my time constraints, I want to improve my paddling.Any tips for making the most of what little river time I do have?Thanks,Office Guy Dear Office Guy,They say practice makes perfect. And that can lead us to believe we need to get in the water often to become better paddlers. When we practice the same mistakes we reinforce those bad habits.For ten years I spent nearly every weekend kayaking. I hesitated and paddled backwards whenever a move intimidated me, which ironically amounted to putting on the brakes precisely when I most needed to accelerate. When I looked at the challenge lines on easy rapids, I’d think of everything that could possibly come wrong, until a Class III rapid became terrifying and I convinced myself that the only safe line was the one I’d previously paddled hundreds of times.Then I learned that improving my paddling required me to tap into my ability to visualize. By visualizing your way to better performance, you can make the most of your limited time on the water.One study showed the visualization can be as effective as practice. The study consisted of three groups of basketball players and their free throw effectiveness over time. The first group practiced free throws for twenty minutes a day, the second group visualized free throwing for twenty minutes a day, and the third group didn’t practice at all. As predicted, participants in the third group either stayed at the same level or declined. But shockingly, the group that visualized free throwing showed as much progress as the participants who practiced every day.In fifteen minutes a day, you can improve your kayaking by visualizing success on the river. Carve out fifteen minutes in the morning when your mind is still lucid from sleep and sit in a quiet area. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breath, turning your focus inward. Then imagine yourself on the river, making a move that’s difficult for you.Be as specific as possible with the scene you imagine, using all of your senses – touch, sound, sight, taste, and smell. Imagine deliberately placing your paddle, timing your strokes to the contours of the water. Imagine smelling the early evening air lift off the water’s surface as the water thunders over a drop. See the horizon line, waves, and rocks before you and the river below. Imagine nailing the boof, paddling your line exactly as you intended. Feel the happiness, relief and giddiness of success.Next time you paddle the rapid or make the move you’ve been visualizing, take a couple deliberate breathes. Channel the same buoyancy you felt after visualizing and paddle with confidence toward the horizon line.Paddle On!Mountain Mamalast_img read more

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Parents and teachers urged to participate in special education training program

first_img Tweet EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Parents and teachers urged to participate in special education training program by: – April 7, 2012 51 Views   one comment Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Photo credit: rhonda4_edublogs.orgParents of children with disabilities as well as teachers are being urged to participate in a two day training program during the Easter school break organized by the Achievement Learning Centre.The Achievement Learning Centre located on Elliot Street in Pottersville is a vocational training centre which offers special educational programs for students as well as the youth.The Special Education Training Program which will run from 12th April to 13th April will seek to provide teachers and parents with practical strategies which they can use in the classroom.Beverly Leblanc of the Achievement Learning Centre told Dominica Vibes News that the training program has been organized as several teachers have expressed interest in doing training in learning disabilities in special education.“We are targeting both teachers and parents. The focus will be an overview of and the characteristics of learning disabilities, what is spectrum disorder, emotional behavior disorder and speech. Class room strategies as well as home strategies will also be concentrated on”.The training program which is opened to teachers and parents at a cost of $100.00 will be facilitated by volunteers of the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and Americas (FAVACA) who will focus on “behavioral approaches”.They are said to be preparing a manual on life skill training to teach the young people about communication and decision making which will help them address some of the issues that they are faced with on a daily basis. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and the FAVACA volunteers will also be providing school supplies to each participant who represents a school.In addition to the school supplies, participants will also received handouts on practical information.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

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Fassell Coach Threatens to Resign If…

first_imgThe manager of Liberia’s Knockout and Second Division Champions – FC Fassell, Coach Matthew Jolutweh has threatened not to serve as deputy coach to any white coach who has achieved lesser laurels than him.Coach Jolutweh has guided the gold-and-black outfit since its establishment in 2009 as a third division team, which is now a first division outfit for winning the championship of the 2nd division league. FC Fassell, under Coach Jolutweh also won the 2013/2014 LFA CUP amongst over 25 clubs, including the likes of IE, Barrolle, LISCR, BYC, LPRC Oilers, NPA Pythons, Liberia’s Black Star, among others.Coach Jaluteh, in an uncompromising and poignant tone vowed not to allow his achievements to be dragged in the mud and would resign upon the employment of what he termed as an ‘underrated and so-called white coach.’The angry FC Fassell’s head coach made the remarks on Friday, March 20, at the end of the Super Cup derby to which his side narrowly suffered a 1-2 defeat.Coach Jolutweh’s comments stemmed from an interview the Chief Executive Officer of FC Fassell, Cassell A. Kuoh, who is also Vice President for Operations at the LFA said five top European coaches are expected from Germany, Italy, France, Belgium and Norway in the country for interviews and subsequently the most qualified will be employed to take over the team.Meanwhile, some coaches, who begged not to be named, said the employment of a foreign coach to take over FC Fassell would mute the policy of the Executive Committee members of the LFA, of which Mr. Kuoh is the 2nd Vice President over the employment of foreign coaches.They argued that hiring former Lone Star players as coaches to manage the national teams should be emulated by Liberian clubs to either maintain or employ Liberian coaches.The coaches further argued that it would be a disservice to downplay the unprecedented six-year effort of Coach Jolutweh in which he should now enjoy to manage the team to play against Liberia’s top clubs.Also, some players of FC Fassell, who also begged for anonymity, said Coach Jolutweh is known for meticulous preparation before games and should be given the chance to manage the team in the top league.The players also hailed Coach Jolutweh for his discipline, amicable relationship and his managerial stubbornness over the years.The players indicated that they would not dare to question his methods, but if they raise a particular good point he is always willing to listen to them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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