Vermont Ski Museum welcomes Beck, Broomhall, Chaffee and Sheehan into Hall of Fame

first_imgThe Vermont Ski Museum is pleased to announce the 2009 Inductees into the Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame: Bill Beck, Erlon “Bucky” Broomhall, Suzy Chaffee, and Bobo Sheehan. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor athletes, special contributors, and pioneers of Vermont skiing who promoted and/or contributed to the sport of skiing in Vermont; to document the histories of Inductees in the Museum’s collection; and to recognize their accomplishments through the Induction ceremony and the Hall of Fame exhibit. This year’s Induction ceremony will be on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the Old Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Vermont. Bill Beck, of Middlebury, Vermont, was a member of the National Ski Team from 1951-1957. He had the best downhill finish by an American male with his fifth place in the downhill at the 1952 Olympic Games. His record stood for 32 years until Bill Johnson won the gold medal in 1984. Beck also finished 5th, in 1952, in the prestigious Alberg-Kandahar Downhill, again a best ever by an American skier. He was a member of the 1954 World Championship Team, the 1956 Olympic Team Captain, and coach of the 1960 Olympic team. He remained active in the ski industry after retiring as a coach, industry representative, sport shop owner.  Robert “Bobo” Sheehan was a legendary coach from 1945-1968. He skied on the Newport Vermont High School team in 1939, 1940 before joining the Middlebury class of’44. Sheehan coached the Middlebury women’s team in 1946 and led the Middlebury men in 1948 to their first of two consecutive national championship titles. In the same year Becky Fraser ’46, captain of the 1944 and 1945 women’s teams, became the first Middlebury skier to compete for the U.S. Olympic Team. He coached the 1956 US Olympic Team. He was president of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Association and member of the Olympic Ski Games Committee. In 1984, Middlebury College dedicates the Robert “Bobo” Sheehan chairlift in celebration of 50 years of skiing at the College. Sheehan died in 1999. Erlon “Bucky” Broomhall, originally from Rumford, Maine, dedicated his career to giving opportunities to young skiers in Southern Vermont. Broomhall had a successful college career racing for the Western State College Cross Country Ski Team. He came to Bennington in 1966 “to head a total ski program for the kids of all ages from kindergarten through high school.” He coached cross country, jumping and downhill, winning 5 Vermont State High School championships and helping at least 25 skiers to the Junior Olympics. He was one of the first in the nation to coach a girl’s team and brought the first girl’s team to Junior Olympics in 1968. In 1969, he left his coaching position to start the Torger Tokel League, now known as the Bill Koch League to develop skiers not yet in high school. center_img Suzy Chaffee, from Rutland, VT, had a successful career on the US Women’s Ski Team competing in the downhill. Due to a miscalculation in wax, she did not fulfill her Olympic potential in the 1968 Games, but she received press for her silver racing suit. She used this press to launch many ventures including a modeling/endorsement/film career, a designer clothing line, and ski equipment made for women. She has been a strong advocate for women’s equality in sports. She joined the freestyle ski team as professional in 1971 and competed with the men since there was no women’s division; she won titles in 1971-73. She was one of the first two women to serve on the USOC’s Board of Directors; she assisted in the passage of the “Amateur Sport Act of 1978”; she served on president’s council on physical fitness under four administrations. Most recently she founded the Native Voices Foundation with the mission “to create joyful unity through sports and education to heal mother earth for all our children.”last_img read more

Bolt’s coach against wiping out all existing records

first_imgGLEN Mills, coach of the two fastest men in history – Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake – said he is not entirely in agreement with recent suggestions that track and field’s governing body, the IAAF, closes the book on existing world records and start anew.The most recent suggestion came from Gianni Merlo, president of the International Press Association, who suggested that such a move would help the sport improve its image, tarnished by recent incidents of doping, most notably the recent scandal involving the reported widespread institutionalized doping of athletes uncovered in Russia.There have also been incidents involving a number of African athletes who last year were arrested at a hotel in Spain in June 2016.“If the fight against doping has come to this point, if it is as difficult as we all agree it is, then I think that the moment has arrived to close the world record books in athletics and open new ones,” Merlo said in an open letter to IAAF President Sebastian Coe.However, Mills, who has coached Usain Bolt to world records in the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19), believes that wiping the slate clean would be a disservice to athletes who are completing clean.“It is a suggestion that has some merit but in the interest of balance, one is assuming that all records that are there are tainted and I do not believe so,” said the man who has steered Bolt to a historic three consecutive Olympic 100m and 200m titles.“How do you address the injustice that would be done to those who worked hard to achieve excellence?”Mills was not alone in his stance against Merlo’s suggestion.Former Olympic high jump champion Stefka Kostadinova has also hit out as the proposal.The 51-year-old Kostadinova, who is still the world record holder with a jump of 2.09 metres from the 1987 world championships in Rome, said the suggestion of expunging all existing records would be “unfair to all (athletes) who absolutely honestly reached the peak of their careers. (Sportsmax).last_img read more

Falode Says LaLiga/NWFL MoU Timely for Growth of Female Football Â

first_imgNigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Chairperson, Aisha Falode, has described as a new dawn in women football development the recent endorsed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the women football governing body and the Sports Association of the National Spanish Football Competition, LaLiga de Futbol Professional (La Liga).The agreement between the two league bodies is aimed at promoting gender equality in sports through integration of women in football while encouraging access to sports management, education and the development of CSR activities.Falode said the strategic alliance and partnership with the world renowned league (La Liga) was timely as it is expected  to speed up the growth of the game in the country.“This is a very timely and important development for the NWFL and Nigeria women football as a whole. A strategic alliance and partnership with LaLiga recognised as the world’s best league is definitely a good step forward and in the right direction towards the growth and development of the women game in Nigeria.“It’s a new dawn for women football in Nigeria, this is just the beginning of greater things to come for the NWFL as better days are fast approaching.“With the long string of success of our women’s national teams in international competitions and their dominating status on the African continent (an achievement that is firmly rooted in the depth, quality and management of nation’s women league) this partnership will help us bridge the gap with the development of the game in the western world,” said Falode.The LaLiga Women Football Director, Martina Olivas said the partnership with the NWFL was a firm demonstration of the La Liga commitment towards lending a helping hand to women’s leagues across the globe to achieve their set goals.“In LaLiga, we have a firm commitment to supporting the development of women football not only in Spain but also internationally as evidenced by agreements just like this one.“We understand the growing strength of women football globally and we believe that this partnership will bring great benefits to both parties.“A particular notable aspect of the partnership will include the exchange of football knowledge and experience between both parties. LaLiga will facilitate the development of television commercials for the women football division in Nigeria,” stressed Olivas.LaLiga delegate in Nigeria, Javier Rio said the partnership was an affirmation of the office in Nigeria to encourage the development of the game in the country.“This is a very important agreement for LaLiga and its office in Nigeria as it helps us to reaffirm our commitment on the development of football in the country.“Women’s football in Nigeria is already a benchmark in Africa and internationally and we are pleased to be able to collaborate with a league that has this much potential.“The MoU primarily borders around the sustainable development and growth of women’s football in Nigeria,” said Rio.The kernel of the partnership will see NWFL and LaLiga participate in the sustainable growth and development of women´s football in Nigeria and Spain. The MoU will facilitate the establishment of channels of communication that permit the creation and exchange of information as well as technical, financial and institutional collaboration.The parties shall make its best efforts to exchange knowledge through the organisation of   workshops, meetings, visits, conferences, etc. on different management areas: League and club’s organisation and management; Commercial and TV development on women´s football; Labour relations and professionalization among other areas mutually beneficial to both parties.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FIFA Secretary General urges Uganda to fast track new Sports Law

first_imgFUFA  has been receiving Shs 10 billion annually from government since July 2018 as the most funded sports association in Uganda.Samoura also praised Kadaga and government of Uganda for supporting football.Samoura, who hails from Senegal, was elected  FIFA Secretary General in May 2016. She is visiting Uganda on the invitation of FUFA to witness the launch of FUFA extended headquarters and also projects such as stadiums in Lugazi, Lungujja and FUFA Technical Training Centre, Njeru.FUFA President, Moses Magogo informed Kadaga that Samoura will commission the FUFA headquarters, and also lauded FIFA for supporting the development of football in Uganda.Samoura will inspect, evaluate and commission FUFA projects financed under the FIFA Forward Programme including the headquarter expansion. The headquarter expansion project commenced in 2018 as a result of the FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s visit to Uganda in 2017.Her visit comes a month after FUFA President Moses Magogo returned to office after two months of suspension from all football-related activities. FIFA also fined him Shs 37 million for his role in the resale  of 2014 World Cup tickets.She however declined to comment on the impact Magogo’s suspension and plea bargaining has had on FUFA- FIFA relationship.******URNShare on: WhatsApp FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura and Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga. PHOTO via  @fatma_samouraKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Secretary General of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Fatma Samoura urged Parliament of Uganda to fast track amendments to the Sports Law.Samoura made the statement when she paid a courtesy call to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Monday afternoon.She noted that the government of Uganda pledged that it would amend the National Council of Sports Act, 1964 by 2018 but this has not been done to date.The government has in the recent past promised to bring the Sports and Physical Activity bill to Parliament so as to repeal the National Council of Sports (NCS) Act and address deficiencies in the management and administration of the sports sub sector. Cabinet is yet to approve the bill.NCS is mandated to administer the sports sub sector which includes monitoring operations and also extend government funding to various sports associations and federations.The Federation for Uganda Football Associations – FUFA is among the 48 sports associations and federations currently recognized by NCS.Now, Samoura says that the current law is a challenge because FUFA’s legal status is not compatible with FIFA regulations. Therefore, amendments to the sports law will address the challenge, particularly the steps FUFA will be required to take to register its affiliation with FIFAShe says that her visit is an opportunity to remind officials about the need for a new sports law.The Speaker, Kadaga says that  she will ask the new sports minister, Hamson Obua on the progress of the bill and when it will be brought to Parliament for further scrutiny and enactment.Kadaga said that she was excited to meet Samoura in person, having watched her on TV giving interviews on her job as the first African and first female to hold the position of FIFA Secretary General.Kadaga lauded FIFA for extending $6million US dollars (approximately Shs 22 billion) annually to FUFA, but also urges FIFA to consider funding more infrastructure projects in Uganda especially stadiums to promote football at the grassroots.last_img read more

Father, stepmother accused of killing 11-year-old boy by forcing him to drink water

first_imgA Colorado couple have turned themselves in to authorities last week after police say they killed their 11-year-old son by forcing him to drink large amounts of water.The Colorado Springs Gazette reports 41-year-old Ryan Sabin and 42-year-old Tara Sabin are being held without bail at the El Paso County jail and face several charges, including child abuse and first-degree murder.Prosecutors say Zachary Sabin died in Black Forest on March 11 after the couple made him drink the water because his urine was dark. The county coroner’s office determined the boy died of forced water intoxication after he was told to drink four 24-ounce (.7-litre) bottles of water over four hours without eating.According to an arrest affidavit, Tara Sabin, the boy’s stepmother, told authorities he wore a diaper at night because of a hereditary urological problem.The father, Ryan Sabin, a sergeant based at Fort Carson, called 911 after he found the boy in his bed with foam coming from his mouth and blood on his bed.Investigators discovered that Zachary also suffered from other physical abuse, as well as five other children.,A Colorado couple have turned themselves in to authorities last week after police say they killed their 11-year-old son by forcing him to drink large amounts of water.The Colorado Springs Gazette reports 41-year-old Ryan Sabin and 42-year-old Tara Sabin are being held without bail at the El Paso County jail and face several charges, including child abuse and first-degree murder.Prosecutors say Zachary Sabin died in Black Forest on March 11 after the couple made him drink the water because his urine was dark. The county coroner’s office determined the boy died of forced water intoxication after he was told to drink four 24-ounce (.7-litre) bottles of water over four hours without eating.According to an arrest affidavit, Tara Sabin, the boy’s stepmother, told authorities he wore a diaper at night because of a hereditary urological problem.The father, Ryan Sabin, a sergeant based at Fort Carson, called 911 after he found the boy in his bed with foam coming from his mouth and blood on his bed.Investigators discovered that Zachary also suffered from other physical abuse, as well as five other children.last_img read more