The Government’s work-life checklist for employers

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The Government’s work-life checklist for employersOn 19 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article • Recognise that effective practices benefit both organisation and employees• Acknowledge individuals work best when they achieve an appropriate balance between work and all other aspects of their lives• Highlight joint responsibility to discuss workable solutions• Develop appropriate policies and practical responses that meet specific needs or an organisation: fairness and consistency, valuing employees for their contribution to business, monitoring and evaluation• Communicate commitment to work-life strategies• Demonstrate leadership from top and encourage managers to lead by example.Source: DfEE Creating a Work-Life Balance: A good practice guide for employerslast_img read more

Homeowner’s ditch building their own home for a four-level mega-mansion

first_img64 The Sovereign MileLESS than a week before building his own home, homeowner David Jenkins pulled the plug and bought 64 The Sovereign Mile instead.“My builder really wasn’t impressed,” Mr Jenkins said. “It all started because my wife Sandra and I couldn’t find the right home with the right style so we bought a block of land. 64 The Sovereign Mile“We built a wine cellar in the 10-car space basement because it was so big,” he said. “It is home to my burgeoning wine collection now.“It is a great space to sit and have a glass and it is often a talking point with friends.” The home features a 10 seat tiered media room and a lift. 64 The Sovereign Mile“It is the same with all things, when you stop looking, you always find what you’re looking for. That was the case with this house.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We sold the block and moved in the home which was 200m down the road.” Mr Jenkins said the style was spot on and was simillair to what the couple had planned to build. “It was much bigger than what we were going to build,” he said.center_img 64 The Sovereign Mile“Sandra and I joke that we have to text each other to talk to one another in the house.”The four-level beauty includes a main bedroom across the fourth floor.Dramatic window angles and ceilings create a contemporary space while the fireplace and wine cellar are a touch of luxury Mr Jenkins added himself.last_img read more

2018 AWCON: Super Falcons Begin Title Defence

first_imgThe 21 Falcons for Ghana 2018Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Confluence Queens); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels)Midfielders: Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Okobi (Eskiltuna UTD, Sweden); Rita Chikwelu (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden); Halimat Ayinde (Asarum AIF, Sweden)Forwards: Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons); Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo Queens); Asisat Oshoala (Dalian Quanjian, China); Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit, USA); Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France); Chinaza Uchendu (SC Braga, Portugal); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Biik Kazygurt, Kazakhstan)Defenders: Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Sarah Nnodim (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Ebere (Barcelona FC, Cyprus); Faith Michael (Pitea IF, Sweden); Onome Ebi (Henan Huisanhang, China); Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF, Sweden); Josephine Chukwunonye (Asarum AIF, Sweden)Where Next for Ighalo?It is commonplace for big players to dump their clubs after relegation though there are few cases where such players sink with their team. With Odion Ighalo’s Chanchung Yatai club now relegated from the Chinese Super League, Kunle Adewale asks what the fate of the Super Eagles striker would beWhen Fiorentina was relegated to the Italian Serie B in 1993, Argentine super star, Gabriel Bastituta sank with the club and helped return it to Serie A the following season. He became an icon in Florence and Florentina fans erected his life-size bronze statue in the stadium in recognition of his contribution.One of Italy’s best goalkeepers of all time, Gigi Buffon did not dump Turin giants, Juventus when they were relegated in the 2006-07 season, in spite of his teammates leaving for greener pastures during Juve’s trying period. He rather stayed and helped the club gain promotion to the elite division the following season.However, in spite of Ighalo breaking the Chinese Super League goal record, scoring 23 goals in the just concluded season, he could not save Chanchung Yatai from being relegated. The big question on the lips of observers is if the Super Eagles striker would go down with the club or go in search of another club.The large chunk of revenue of most clubs come from television rights, which is not attractive for clubs in the lower divisions and therefore may not be able to afford the wage bills of their big players. This raises the question whether Chanchung Yatai would still be able to afford the huge wage bill of Ighalo.Chanchung Yatai dropped to the second tier of football in China after they lost 2-0 to Dalian Yifang away from home. Ighalo was unable to feature in the encounter as he suffered a serious injury in their last fixture against Tianjin Quanjin on November 7.Chanchung Yatai could not depend on their reliable striker who has 23 goals this season in the league.The result meant that Ighalo’s Chanchung Yatai stayed on 32 points but his national teammate, Mikel Obi’s Tianjin TEDA which also lost 5-1 to Guangzhou Evergrande and with the same number of points with Chanchung Yatai but Mikel’s side scaled through in 14th position with a superior goal difference.Ighalo put aside his disappointing performance for Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia to emerge the all-time leading scorer for Changchun Yatai with 23 goals to overtake the previous record of 22 goals set by Marcelo Moreno at the club.Ighalo was roundly criticised for his inability to convert begging chances for Super Eagles in Nigeria’s last Group D crucial game against Argentina at the St Petersburg Stadium.After Victor Moses cancelled out Lionel Messi’s early lead through a penalty, Ighalo lost a clear chance to bury the game with a sitter but wasted the opportunity before Marcos Rojo snatched the winning goal that sent the South American nation through to the Last 16.But on returning to his club in the Chinese Super League, the former Watford marksman put that Russia 2018 debacle behind him to focus on helping his club earn respect in the league.The Eagles striker has been an instant hit in China since joining in January 2017, scoring 15 in his debut and only last April, Ighalo had equaled Moreno’s record, when he scored twice to down then leaders Shanghai SIPG, a feat that earned him the Player of the Month in China.His f                orm however propelled Nigeria’s German-born tactician, Gernot Rohr to stick to the China based forward and he justified the trust Rohr reposed on him by scoring six goals in three matches of the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier to put the country in good stead at playing in the biennial competition.“We had gained the confidence to bring Ighalo. I think today he has given the answer. It is wonderful to see him score these goals,” the German said after the game against Libya.Speaking after the Super Eagles thrashed Libya 4-0, Rohr said: “It is wonderful to see him score these goals. The positives I take from this game is the team scoring four goals because it is not easy to do that. Secondly, it is the comeback of Ighalo. I am very happy about it because he has been criticised in the social media which went beyond any human endurance limit.“So, I am very happy that he has given them the answer on the pitch. He proved that he is a great player and confirmed the confidence I have in him.”It however remains to be seen if Ighalo would remain with his Chinese club or try his luck elsewhere.Ighalo was born on June 16, 1989. He started his career at Prime FC and later moved to Julius Berger and in 2007, he moved to Lyn in Norway. A year after, was signed by Udineze of Italy but was loaned out to Granada in Spain, before signing for Watford in 2014.Last year, he moved to Changchun Yatai in China for a fee of £20m.In March 2015, after a series of strong performances for Watford, the then newly appointed Super Eagles interim coach, Daniel Amokachi invited Ighalo to the senior national, and he said then, “I feel good because it is my dream to play for my country”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Head Coach, Thomas Dennerby, is optimistic of Super Falcons’ victory against Bayana Bayana of South Africa.“Of course as a head coach, you are always under pressure, and when you are the head coach of a big football country like Nigeria, you are always under pressure. But honestly, I have been in this business for long and it’s good for me, so I am not so worried about that.“But the expectation for the tournament, of course, we always go to a tournament to try to win it. But I also know because I saw the games from the last tournament that other teams from Africa are really good and I think from the last game that Cameroon was better than Nigeria; also South Africa played a very tough game against the Falcons. I know there are a lot of good teams hunting us. Anyway, in the end, we need to be one of the three best teams so that we qualify for the World Cup. If we don’t do that, it is not good at all. We really need to go to the World Cup,” Dennerby said.Dennerby who revealed that he had sleepless nights before picking his final 21-woman Nigeria squad for the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana, said his squad was a mix of experience and youth. He expressed confidence in the selected players to do the country proud.“I think that we really have a good mix of experienced players and younger players with good spirit. We also have a really good squad if you look at the skills or players. We have players with very high speed and playing vision and game reading and strong players. It was good to finally pick the final 21-player squad. The last night before always picking the squad is always a sleepless night,” Dennerby told Goal.com.“It was tough because we have a lot of good footballers and for the coach; it is good when it is really tough. It is always tougher for the coaching staff to make the decision pick the squad,” the 59-year-old said.Meanwhile, Captain of Bayana Bayana, Janine van Wyk said a win against perennial rivals, Nigeria in their opening game on Sunday can help propel the team to a positive outing at the tournament.“First game is really crucial for us, it is a game between rivals, but I think in the past we have been slow starters in tournaments and we need to change that, and go with the perspective of attacking from the onset,” Van Wyk told the South Africa Football Association official website.“We just need to go out there and not show any fear, most of us here in the squad are highly experienced and we have played them numerous times, we must just go for it.”Aside from Nigeria, Bayana Bayana will also face the Shepolopolo of Zambia and Harambee Starlets of Kenya in Group B and Van Wyk described the draw as interesting.“It is a very interesting draw for us if we were in either group it would be considered as a tough group. Women’s football in Africa is developing enormously, there are no more easy teams that we will be facing now,” she added.“I think it is a tough group we are in, and we are looking forward to competing in the tournament.“These are all great opponents we have played and faced before, they never give us an easy run so we need to prepare well for every team because they are all different.”Host Ghana will kick off the competition today as they host Algeria, while Mali and Cameroon would slug it out in the Group A second game.The first three teams will book a place to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Defending champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria will tomorrow in Accra, Ghana, start the defence of African Women Cup of Nations title against Bayana Bayana of South Africa in the opening Group B game of the 2018 AWCON at the Cape Coast StadiumAfter a week of intensive training in Cote ‘d Ivoire, the Falcons are ready for thedefence of the title they won in Cameroon and also pick the ticket to the 2019 FIFA Women World Cup billed for France.The Super Falcons will be searching for their 9th title in Ghana, after winning their eight in Cameroon in 2016.last_img read more

Gabriel red card overturned after Arsenal win appeal

first_imgArsenal’s claim of wrongful dismissal over Gabriel’s red card against Chelsea on Saturday has been upheld following an FA hearing.As a result, the player’s three-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect.Gabriel was dismissed for violent conduct during Saturday’s game against Chelsea after clashing with Blues striker Diego Costa, who had also been involved in a confrontation with Laurent Koscielny.The defender is currently subject to a separate FA charge of improper conduct in relation to that game and has until 6pm on Thursday to reply.Arsenal and Chelsea have also been charged with failing to control their players during the game.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

La Liga gets its wish for season return but not without compromise

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann take part in a Barcelona training sessionMadrid, Spain | AFP |  La Liga president Javier Tebas said the games would have to go on and from Thursday they will, with stadiums full of virtual fans, crowd noise from a computer game and fewer than 300 people allowed to attend.As Ligue 1 in France was called off and the Premier League, still the benchmark for Spanish football, tied itself in knots, La Liga has been steadfast in its pursuit of completion.“I always believed we would play again,” said Tebas on Sunday.The government in Spain had indicated it would be good for morale, perhaps even important for their standing in the world, while the country’s infatuation with football meant the prime minister was often addressing the question of its return.Yet driving La Liga’s determination, as Tebas admitted, was the fear of financial meltdown. Cancellation would cost clubs a billion euros, he repeated, and no team would be spared.Even with the season about to resume, Barcelona and Real Madrid have had to impose pay cuts. Atletico Madrid said they enforced a drop in wages “to guarantee their future”.Public opposition to the season continuing has therefore been fleeting. Eibar’s players said last month they were “afraid” to go back to training while Valencia’s Gabriel Paulista was one of the few to say it felt rushed.Among the governing bodies, the players’ union (AFE) was sidelined and even the conflict between La Liga and the Spanish football federation (RFEF) was largely put on hold.Instead, La Liga has answered to the health authorities, who have always had the power to scrap even the most advanced plans at any given moment.So when Sevilla host Real Betis on Thursday to begin a 39-day sprint finish with matches every day, they will do so according to strict guidelines that even this week were still being updated.“We’ve planned everything to the last millimetre,” Tebas said.– Infection risk ‘practically zero’ – Players will be tested for coronavirus within 24 hours of kick-off and visiting teams will use exclusive flights and hotels, before travelling to stadiums in two buses to ensure social distancing is maintained. Home team players will arrive in their own cars.Both sets of players will have their temperatures taken before entering stadiums and will arrive wearing masks and gloves. All communal areas like changing rooms will be disinfected and aired before, during and after games.Only 270 people will be allowed inside stadiums, including club players and staff, doctors and security personnel, matchday and club officials, as well as press and technicians.During the match, fans watching on television can choose to adopt a virtual experience that puts images of seated supporters, wearing the colours of the home team, in the stands.There will be artificial sound too — taken from the computer game FIFA, using audio recorded from real matches — that will then be adapted and implemented according to the flow of the action.Tributes will be paid to the victims and heroes of the coronavirus pandemic, in the form of a minute’s silence before kick-off and applause, contributed by real supporters and transmitted inside the stadium, in the 20th minute.Tebas has insisted the risk of infection once games are in play is “practically zero” given the amount of physical contact but the summer heat in Spain must be considered too.Fixture lists now come with temperature predictions and, already, two kick-off times have been adjusted. Five substitutes will be allowed instead of three, as well as two drinks breaks.Some regions in Spain have moved faster through the government’s de-escalation programme than others and Tebas has said he would be in favour of clubs bringing supporters back when they can.That could accelerate the league’s initial timetable for 30 per cent of fans to return in September, 50 per cent in November and 100 per cent in January 2021. Until then, everyone will have to adapt.last_img read more

Nunn Jr. among inaugural Black College Football Hall of Fame inductees

first_imgEstablished in 2009 by pioneer quarterbacks Pro Bowl MVP James “Shack” Harris and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams, the Hall of Fame is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The enshrinement ceremony will be held Feb. 20, in conjunction with Black History Month at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta. Bill Nunn Jr. The members of the inaugural class are:•Bill Nunn, Jr. (Pittsburgh Courier Journalist and NFL Scout)•Alonzo Gaither (Head Coach, Florida A&M University, 1945-1969)•Eddie Robinson (Head Coach, Grambling State University, 1941-1997)•Buck Buchanan (DE, Grambling State University, 1959-1963)•Willie Galimore (RB, Florida A&M University, 1953-1956)•David Jones (DE, S.C. State & Mississippi Valley State, 1958-1960)•Willie Lanier (LB, Morgan State University, 1963-1967)•Walter Payton (RB, Jackson State University, 1971-1974)•Jerry Rice (WR, Mississippi Valley State University, 1981-1984)•Ben Stevenson (RB, Tuskegee University, 1923-1930)•Paul Younger (RB/DB, Grambling State University, 1945-1948)A selection committee comprised of prominent journalists and football executives chose 35 finalists, from a field of more than 260 nominees, before naming the 11 inaugural inductees.About Contributor Inductee Bill NunnLegendary journalist and NFL scout Bill Nunn, Jr. entered the newspaper business as a sports writer for the Pittsburgh Courier, where he later rose to sports editor and managing editor. After elevating the Courier’s Black College All-American team to new heights, Nunn joined the Pittsburgh Steelers’ scouting staff part time in 1967 and then full time in 1969. A true innovator, he constructed a bridge between the Steelers and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Five Super Bowl rings later, Nunn is among the most legendary NFL scouts of all time.About the Coach InducteesCoach Alonzo “Jake” Gaither spent 24 years at Florida A&M University, from 1945 to 1969, amassing an overall record of 203-36-4. His teams won 18 conference championships and were Black College national champions six times. From 1953 to 1962, his teams went 87-7-1. Gaither’s “split line T” offense was adopted by several major college programs. He retired in 1969 with a .844 winning percentage, the best ever among all NCAA coaches. Gaither was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.Coach Eddie G. Robinson spent 56 years at Grambling State University, from 1941- 1997. He put together an overall record of 408-165-15 and sent more than 80 players to the NFL and AFL. Robinson led the Tigers to a streak of 27 consecutive winning seasons from 1960 to 1986, as well as 17 SWAC Championships and nine Black College National Championships, more than any other HBCU. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and received more awards than any other coach in history.About the Player InducteesJunious “Buck” Buchanan, as a defensive end for Grambling State University from 1959 to 1963, was an NAIA All-American and a three-time Black College All-America. Buchanan could bat down passes with either hand, play the run and rush the passer. The first of the prototypical defensive lineman, combing size, speed, and strength, he was the first Black college player taken as the No. 1 overall pick in an NFL Draft, when the Kansas City Chiefs selected him in 1963. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 and the College Football Hall of in 1996.Willie “Gallopin’ Gal” Galimore, as a running back at Florida A&M University from 1953 to 1956, was all-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference choice four times and was named a Black College All-America by the Pittsburgh Courier three times. The Rattlers won four conference championships while Galimore was at FAMU and one Black College National Championship. He played for the Chicago Bears from 1957 to 1963, before passing away tragically at the age of 29 in an auto accident in Rensselaer, Indiana, on July 27, 1964. As FAMU’s all-time leading rusher, Galimore averaged 94 yards per game and was the Rattler’s first 1,000-yard runner (1,203 yards in 1954).David “Deacon” Jones played defensive end for South Carolina State University and Mississippi Valley State University from 1958 to 1960. Blessed with speed, agility, and quickness, the “Deacon” became one of the finest pass rushers in the business. Yet had it not been for the chance observation of two Rams scouts viewing films of an opponent, he might never have had a chance to play pro football. When the scouts noted that the 6-4, 272-pound tackle was outrunning the backs they were scouting, they recommended Jones as a sleeper pick. He went on to unanimous all-league honors six straight years from 1965 through 1970 and was selected to eight Pro Bowls. Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.Willie “Honey Bear” Lanier played linebacker and offensive guard at Morgan State University from 1963 to 1967. He earned first team All-America honors his junior year and led the Bears to bowl games in 1965 and 1966, winning both and holding opponents to 0 total yards offense in the 1965 game. His teams won three conference championships and at one point had a 32-game winning streak. Lanier went on to play in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs, winning a Super Bowl and five times being named as an All-Pro middle linebacker. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.Walter “Sweetness” Payton, a running back at Jackson State University from 1971 to 1974, made every All-American team picked for college division or division 1-AA teams. In both years Payton was voted Black College Player of the Year. A tough back, who ran harder than his size (5’10, 200), Payton was a complete football player—one who could run the ball, block, tackle, pass, catch passes, and kick. It was in college that Payton picked up his nickname “Sweetness” because of the smooth way he ran. He moved on to a legendary career with the Chicago Bears, which included a Super Bowl Ring in 1985, nine Pro Bowls and two NFL Player of the Year Awards. Payton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.Jerry Rice, a wide receiver for Mississippi Valley State University from 1981 to 1984, is widely regarded as one of the greatest receivers in history. He was named first-team Division I-AA All-America and finished ninth in the 1984 Heisman voting. His 27 touchdown receptions that season set the NCAA mark for all divisions. Rice was named the 1984 SWAC Player of the Year. In addition to being named first-team Division I-AA All-American, the NEA and Football Writers’ Association of America both named Rice to their first-team Division I-A All-America squads. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the 16th overall selection in the 1985 NFL Draft and became arguably the greatest player in NFL history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and is a 2010 finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Ben “Big Ben” Stevenson spent his first years at Tuskegee University as a prep-schooler, which allowed him to play eight seasons for the Golden Tigers, from 1923 to 1930. During that span, the team amazingly suffered only two defeats. Stevenson combined speed (9.8 100-yard dash), strength and durability. Scoring on a combination of long runs and drop kicks, he also played defensive back, earning a reputation as one of the top pass thieves in the conference. Stevenson was named to seven consecutive Black College All-America teams, numerous Negro all-time All-America teams and was voted the game’s greatest all-around player.Paul “Tank” Younger had a record-setting career at running back and linebacker at Grambling State University from 1945 to 1948. He was named to the 1948 Pittsburgh Courier All-America team and was the Tigers’ leader on offense and defense. Younger totaled 60 touchdowns during his career at Grambling, which at the time was a collegiate record. After his senior season, he was named Black college football’s Player of the Year. Younger went on to a very successful NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers, earning Pro Bowl status five times. He became the first Black player to play in an NFL All-Star game, and after his playing days, went on to become the league’s first Black assistant general manager in 1975.(The Black College Football Hall of Fame is sponsored by The Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. For more information visit www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org.)center_img (Atlanta, Ga.)—Legendary Pittsburgh Courier journalist and NFL scout Bill Nunn Jr., former NFL greats Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Deacon Jones and coaching legend Eddie Robinson are among the inaugural induction class of the Black College Football Hall of Fame.last_img read more

Capitals’ Ward: Race issue ‘will always be there’

first_imgGAME WINNER—Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward, center, is congratulated by teammates after his game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins during overtime of Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Boston, April 25. The Capitals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) ARLINGTON, Va. (AP)—Washington Capitals players tapped the ice with sticks when Joel Ward skated onto the rink for practice Friday, and some fans rose for a standing ovation in support of the player whose series-winning goal was greeted with a racial outburst on Twitter. The 31-year-old left wing, one of a handful of Black players in the NHL, was the target of numerous degrading tweets after he scored in overtime of Game 7 on April 25 to end the first-round series against the Boston Bruins.“I don’t let it bother me at all,” Ward said as the Capitals returned to practice ahead of Saturday’s Game 1 against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. “It’s a few people that just made a couple of terrible comments, and what can you do? I know what I signed up for. I’m a Black guy playing a predominantly White sport. It’s just going to come with the territory. I’d feel naive or foolish to think that it doesn’t exist. It’s a battle I think will always be there.”The hockey community has rallied around Ward. Both the Bruins and the NHL quickly condemned the tweets, as did Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, who wrote on his blog: “Shame on these folks who decided to take to their keyboards and show their ignorance and their racism and hate.”“There’s been a lot of support from everybody, especially my teammates and the whole organization and the Bruins, and some of their fans,” Ward said. “I was blown away by the amount of people and the amount of support.”The goal stands as one of the top moments in Ward’s four NHL seasons and one of the most memorable in Capitals history—the first time the franchise has won a Game 7 on the road. The Toronto native was signed as a free agent from the Nashville Predators last June largely because of his nine goals and 17 points in 18 playoff games the past two springs.“My advice for him—just don’t listen to what people say, good things or bad things. You just have to concentrate,” teammate Alex Ovechkin said.“He’s strong and he’s funny. He’s, right now, Michael Jordan of hockey.”last_img read more

Kootenay Cup within reach for Nelson after amazing showing in Kimberley

first_imgTeammate Dylan Gyr was close behind, earning silver (classic) and bronze (skate), while Rohan Moola persevered admirably through equipment difficulties to finish 5th and 6th. Ira McKimm, skiing as a Juvenile, pulled off two very impressive silver-medal finishes against national-level competition. Being on the road didn’t hurt the Nelson Nordic Ski Club as the Heritage City club experienced some great results during the Kootenay Cup Cross Country Race this past weekend in Kimberley.Under dazzling sunshine and brisk East Kootenay cold, over a dozen Nelson-area Nordic skiers competed against skiers from BC, Alberta, the Yukon and Washington State. In temperatures barely reaching minus 15 degrees Celsius (the minimum permitted for racing) seven young racers, aged 6-15, drew on their training to give some impressive and gritty performances.In the Atom Girls category, Aleah Smith brought home a 2nd place in her classic race (in a field of 20 skiers), and a 4th place in the skate race. Peewee Boys Kaelum Smith and Ollie Gyr earned themselves 5th and 6th places respectively (out of 15) in classic, and 6th and 4th in skate. In the Midget category Felix Barron clinched gold in the classic race and silver in the skate race. Eight adults from Nelson Nordic Ski Club also competed. In the Masters II Women’s category, Louise Poole came first in both the 20 km classic and the 15 km skate events.In the Masters II Men’s category, the Nelson team “owned” the podium, with George Edney just edging out Kim Poole and Jay McKimm for a one-two-three finish in the 15 km skate event.In the 20 km classic race, Kim Poole and George Edney came second and third respectively. Skiing in the somewhat shorter-distance Recreational categories and earning chocolate medals for their efforts, were Jennie Barron (gold), Sarah Waterhouse (silver), Janet Connolly (bronze), Erik Leslie (silver), and Kurstun Smith (bronze). The Jackrabbit and Track Attack skiers sincerely thank all their coaches – especially Kaj Gyr and Roger Fontaine, for their attention and encouragement at this event – and the hard-working wax tech dads, Erik and Kurstun.The team was also grateful to Kimberley Nordic Club members, who put on a generous and delicious spread of food for the racers on both days. Racing was not the only focus of the weekend. The skiers also enjoyed snow skating, hot tubbing, and a banquet with great food and dancing. “Just hanging out together was the best part,” said one young skier. The Kimberley races were the first two of the 2016 Kootenay Cup series, sponsored by TECK.The third set of Kootenay Cup races go this Saturday here in Nelson. All local Nordic skiers are warmly invited to join in the fun.To register, go to Zone4.ca and search for “Nelson Kootenay Cup”. Deadline is Friday Jan 15, 8 pm.last_img read more