“You learn that you have to plan. In life, you have to be strategic. In the first 15 minutes you go hard and then you have to rest. You have to pace yourself, and you learn that and you take it over into life. You learn how to deal with people. It teaches you about hierarchy. It’s a lot of social skills you’re learning from the sport,” she said. Forrester, whose mother Olive is a teacher of physical education at Vere Technical High School, Clarendon, said even while at Mineral Heights Primary School she participated in football and netball and learnt to play basketball. While the primary years can be intense with the GSAT curriculum placing pressure on youngsters, Forrester said her parents were supportive. In fact, she said her parents moved her from a kindergarten at which there were no extra-curricular activities to a school where she could participate in activities which were not centred solely on academics. “I was singing and dancing as well,” the 24-year-old said. “My father played cricket and my mom played basketball and hockey. They were always supportive.” BEING STRATEGIC SPORTS, academics, or both – the debate rages on with student-athletes trapped in the middle. Many proponents on either side of the argument have battled over whether students who are good at sport should turn their focus to their specialisation at the expense of academics, or whether school should be the focus with sport participation a pastime. In comes this year’s Rhodes Scholar, Sherona Forrester. Her participation in high-school sport helped fund her tertiary education as she earned full scholarships to the University of the West Indies, Mona, to complete her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics. The former national female Under-17 football captain and member of the national senior team – until a cruciate ligament injury put her career on hold – said that the arguments for being unable to balance the two are “lazy”. “I believe that hard work, dedication and determination are what you need, and a lot of them (student-athletes), they’re not willing to put in the work that they need to be good,” Forrester told The Gleaner yesterday. “Their attitude hinders even their potential in the sport as well,” she added, pointing out that participation in sports provides skills that aid in other areas of life. “What you learn in sport is transferable; you learn discipline, you learn stamina, your body is healthier, you’re taking care of yourself. TIME MANAGEMENT It was while at primary school that Forrester learnt the importance of preparation and time management. “We did a lot of practice in class and we had a lot of homework. When it got to the day before (GSAT), we were playing. I think the preparation was really good in that regard.” After moving to Glenmuir High, Forrester’s involvement in sport intensified to include dance, speech, choir, table tennis and chess. “At Glenmuir, I had a few other persons, just like me, participating in sports and doing extremely well,” she said, adding that one of the members of the football team topped his class and earned a football scholarship to a United States-based university. “It wasn’t really strange,” she said. Forrester, who also represented the University of the West Indies in football, netball and basketball regionally and internationally, reiterated that sports participation helps the brain improve. “The brain and body are getting fit and a lot fitter than the average person. I place value on doing well at everything I do. When I’m in class, I’m actively listening; then I practice when I can, and then sleep. Sleep is very important, when you sleep you absorb memories. “Opportunity cost is very real. Time is limited, but it is the value that you put in the time that you spend. So, if you’re going to spend five hours training and goofing off, the two hours you put into study you have to maximise that. You make time for it because there is time,” said Forrester.
Naomh MhuireLast week represented one of the saddest day in our Club’s 31 years history when we lost our friend and clubman Frankie ‘Pat’ Gallagher. It also involved the passing of someone who has been involved since the first days of the Club. The club will be much weaker without his company but far stronger because of his memories. Naomh Mhuire GAA club has lost one unique person but we should remember that he brought us all much more than any words can describe. Naomh Mhuire GAA Club will be stronger as a result of the difficult past few days for his family and friends, and Frankie Pat Gallagher would have wanted it exactly like that. Frankie Pat (1963-2011) Rest in peace our friend.Under 8 training has moved to the indoors for the winter and will take place at 11am on Saturday in Dungloe. U-10 training will also move indoor in Dungloe on a Saturday at 12. U12 Training for the 2012 season has started in the Dungloe gym on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8pm. This age group applies to all players born in 2000 and 2001. A nightly hall fee of €2 will be payable by each player.The Club are organising a Scrap Saturday this Saturday Nov 5th. This is where we ask all from the area to bring along any old scrap metal to the GAA Club and we will separate it before off-loading it to a recognised recycling company. The Club benefits from this and uses the money raised for forthcoming developments such as the building of additional dressing rooms, improved coaching etc. The public who take the scrap down can get rid of metal which is gathering and by doing so are helping the Club and its youth. Items accepted can range from saucepans, kettles, irons, cutlery, empty food/drink cans, radiators, solid fuel cookers, food mixers, fire places, mobile phones, old boilers and ranges, waste electrical equipment, copper, aluminium, lead, stainless steel, brass, cast iron, electrical motors, bicycles, go karts, lawnmowers, old scaffolding, water pumps, steel beams, stainless steel, Old cars, car and tractor batteries, lorries, diggers, dozers, axels, cables, starter motors, alternators, engines, etcThe Seniors and Reserves have no fixture this coming weekend according to the fixtures.Dates to note for the minor board are: Underage Presentation on Sunday 13th November at the Banks, Minor Board AGM on Sunday 20th November. We are looking for new and old managers to put their names forwards to get involved in the underage teams and as part of that process we are asking all names and nominations for managers to be with Gary Boyle on Thursday 17th November.The Club are seeking out characters and potential Michael Flately’s or Jean Butler’s for a Night of Jigs and Reels which will take place in the early Spring. We are looking for eight Men and eight Ladies who will under-go expert preparation for what should be a great night. Contact any committee member if you are interested or if you wish to nominate a local person. Lotto details for week 26th October; jackpot 2900 euro. No jackpot winner. There was one match 3 winners – Bubbles Lennon – Mullachdubh. Numbers were 2-10-20-23.100 Club draw for October. E400: Patrick McGinley(jnr) – Coilcheim. E200: Shaun Rodgers – Coilcheim. E100each: Caroline Ferry – Cro na gCuige. Josie Joe Boyle – Bunnaman. Joe Kelly – County Dry Cleaners – Letterkenny. Tom Marry – Rann na Hual.Check out our club website www.naomhmhuire.ieGAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA NOTES was last modified: November 1st, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA NOTES read more