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Cycle for Hope: An Interview with Nathan Srigley

By James Ryan On December - 17 - 2009
Prepare to be inspired... Nathan Srigley is a 24-year old Niagara cyclist who has just ridden his mountain bike over 2,000 km across Ontario from Kenora on the Manitoba border (Departure: September 10, 2009) to Niagara-on-the-Lake (Arrival: October 3, 2009).  His objective was to raise awareness and funds for Wells of Hope (www.wellsofhope.com). Wells of Hope has successfully drilled many deep-water wells in Guatemala. However, drilling projects are currently at a standstill, because the drilling rig that was in use is worn out, obsolete, and no longer functional. A modern, versatile and robust drilling rig is still required in order to continue to ...
One of my biggest fears in coaching is NOT that I will be subject to intense scrutiny and/or criticism by my players' parents. That just comes with the territory and I accept that as a part of the coaching role. It is human nature that parents would want what is best for their child and they have every right to question a Coach’s actions, instructional techniques and communication style. If a parent ever has a question or a concern about how I, or my assistants, coach; I would absolutely welcome the opportunity to speak with them about it, to hopefully strengthen ...

Anabolic Steroids: A Quick Lesson in Morality and Ethics

By James Ryan On December - 8 - 2009
Generally, I would not make it a habit to pass judgement on others or condemn people for the personal choices that they make in this life.  After all, everyone makes mistakes and nobody is perfect (especially yours truly).  Far be it for me to stand high upon my soap box, casting stones at the masses. It wouldn’t take very long for someone to throw one right back and knock me off as well (it’s happened). But with that being said, I do have one small issue that has recently been giving me a lot of trouble and concern: the use of anabolic steroids ...

Anabolic Steroids: An Olympic-Sized Impression

By James Ryan On December - 8 - 2009
As a youth football coach and the father of two young, impressionable athletes, I find the entire topic of steroids and performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to be absolutely appalling.  There is just something about steroids and the permanent place that they now seem to have in our society (and our favourite sporting events) that simply rubs me the wrong way.  Then again, prior to coaching and fatherhood, I had always been a very strong advocate against the use of PEDs, whether it be in sport or in life.  Back in 1987, when I was 14 years old, I was fortunate enough to gain ...

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