Ireland’s O’Briens make Breeders’ Cup a family affair

first_img The Turf, the richest grass race of the weekend, also features Ulysses, trained in England by Sir Michael Stoute. Other notable international stars in the Breeders’ Cup include: • Aidan O’Brien’s Seventh Heaven in the $2 million Fillies & Mares Turf today. The 3-year-old has already captured the Irish Oaks and the Yorkshire Oaks this season. The race also includes Japanese mare Nuovo Record, a career winner of just under $5 million. • Mongolian returning to defend his title in today’s $1 million Turf Sprint. The first Breeders’ Cup winner owned and trained by Mongolians was greeted in last year’s winner’s circle by a large group decked out in colourful native garb. ARCADIA, Calif. (AP): The Breeders’ Cup is a family affair for the O’Briens from Ireland. Horse racing’s international festival, the Breeders’ Cup features 13 season-ending championships worth a combined $28.5 million over yesterday and today at Santa Anita. Once again, many of the best runners in the world will assemble for the prize money and the prestige of taking home a trophy. Not surprisingly, the foreign contingent is led by Aidan O’Brien who brought 12 horses from his Ballydoyle training centre in Ireland. O’Brien is the leading international trainer in the Breeder’s Cup with 10 wins, ranking third overall. O’Brien’s horses have earned a collective $17.2 million in the series. O’Brien also brought along son Joseph, a former Breeder’s Cup winning jockey, now following in his father’s footsteps as a trainer. Joseph O’Brien rode St. Nicholas Abbey to victory in the 2011 Turf for his father. Now O’Brien, 23, could make history as the youngest trainer of a Breeders’ Cup winner if Intricately takes the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf. Joseph O’Brien retired from the saddle this summer after a losing battle to maintain riding weight. “The last few months I was riding became quite hard weight-wise. I don’t really miss it (the riding) and I love training now,” O’Brien said. Joseph O’Brien will have brother Donnacha aboard Intricately, a 6-1 shot who most recently captured the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland. Joseph’s biggest obstacle could be his father. Aiden O’Brien saddles two runners in the race: Roly Poly, the 4-1 choice and Hydrangea at 6-1. The star of Aidan O’Brien’s Breeders’ Cup crew is Found, the brilliant 4-year-old filly who returns to defend her title against the boys in the $4 million Turf. She rallied from far back to win last year over a rain-softened course at Keeneland. Conditions should be firm this weekend in sunny Southern California. As if Found wasn’t enough firepower, O’Brien will also send out Highland Reel, the Arc runner-up. Trained in Englandlast_img read more


first_imgThe Paddy O’ Donnell Track and Field Memorial a Success Olympian Y&AC kicked off their two summer open track and field meets with the first annual Paddy O’ Donnell Track and Field Memorial on Sunday 22nd May at the Templemore Sports Complex. This event was in honour of our late and great club leader Paddy O’Donnell who sadly passed away 5th December past. Paddy was involved in athletics for over 40 years starting out as first an athlete competing in the various marathons including the very first Derry marathon. He then moved into coaching within the then Sparta Youth Club and he was made leader of the club in 1988. Paddy believed that sport should be for all, no matter what walk of life you came from and no matter what ability you were. He was the driving force behind a resurgence of numbers into the club and the sport and club seen new and untold of success as he coached many athletes and teams in a variety of events/ disciplines to Ulster and N. Ireland, All Ireland and International medals and success, and particularly in middle distance. Sparta Youth Club eventual changed their name to Olympian Youth and Athletics Club in 1994 and Paddy continued on as head coach right up until two years ago when ill health limited his activities within the club and the sport he loved so well. To sum up, Paddy was Mr Athletics ! and it only seemed fitting that the club honour him in this way this year and for many years to come.Overall the event was a great success as despite the prestigious Ulster Schools being held on the same weekend it certainly did not deter over 100 juvenile, senior and masters athletes from clubs all over Ulster travelling from as far as Finn Valley, Lifford, Letterkenny, Tirchonnail, Inishowen, Ballymena and Antrim to compete against our own Olympian’s as well as other local talent from Foyle Valley and City of Derry. The competition catered for all athletes from the ages of U.9 year’s right up to senior and masters level. With some great performances from all involved it was a fantastic early test for club athletes as they prepared for the up-coming Ulster and N.Ireland Championships which commence at the end of this month and right through June.14 of Olympian’s very own young athletes competed extremely admirably on the day and amassed a tremendously impressive 10 Gold, 8 Silver and 2 Bronze medals against some top quality opposition; most of whom will also be competing at the Ulster and N. Ireland Championships. This augers well for Olympian’s young stars of the future within these Championships, and all at Olympian would like to wish everyone from the club who will be competing, the very best of luck.The club would also like to give a special mention to all our new athletes who competed in their first track and field competition on Sunday. Every one of them equipped themselves more than adequately with some even bagging themselves a few medals for good measure. All the coaches are very proud of every single athlete who put on the blue vest and competed with such great heart, and we know Paddy would have been proud too.The main event of the day was the Paddy O’ Donnell Memorial 800m. The occasion was marked with a 1 min clap before the race to mark and celebrate Paddy’s memory. With a strong line up it was the relatively new to the sport but ever improving Angeline Mc Shane (City of Derry) who won the Female Perpetual Trophy in a very swift 2.22.9 mins clocking. The outstanding and European Youth Championships bond Fintan Stewart (also City of Derry), just fresh from winning the Intermediate boy’s 1500m at the Ulster Schools the day before, lead from gun to tape to win the Male Trophy in an impressive 1.58.0 mins time. Well done to all who competed within this event to make it such a memorable and exciting spectacle. Overall it was a great family day for all with some highly competitive and top quality athletics on display. Everyone at Olympian would like thank all the athletes who participated; and to all the parents, coaches, grounds-men, first aiders and Templemore Sports Complex staff who helped out on the day to make the competition run smoothly and make it a success.The second summer meet instalment will be hosted by Olympian A.C again at the Templemore Sports Complex in February on Thursday 9th June. If you are a keen athlete or a beginner from aged 8 and above; or just have an interest in spectating, you are more than welcome. Registration will begin at 5:30pm with the first event kicking off at 6:30pm. Entries are £5 which covers all events for each individual athlete’s age category. Further details TBC.DONEGAL CHILDRENS GAMESThe Little Olympian’s do it again ! Olympian Youth and Athletic Club recently contested the Donegal Childrens Games in the Finn Valley Centre and came away with a fantastic 4 medals from small squad of 6. Boyd Russell again struck gold in U11 600m, Ellen bronze in U11 turbo javelin and multi-talented Orla Faul silver in U9 LJ & bronze in turbo javelin. Other athletes who competed brilliantly were Eoghan O’ Donnell u10 LJ & turbo javelin, James Russell in u10 60m, LJ & turbo javelin; and Cadhan Friel u11 turbo javelin. This augers extremely well for Olympian’s young athletes for the up coming Ulster and N.Ireland Childrens Games where medals and places in the All Ireland Childrens Games will be up for grabs.ULSTER SCHOOLS Massive well done to Olympian’s Henry Bose and Aishling Gallagher who both placed an incredible 6th in the junior boys and girls 80m / 75m hurdles in their 1st appearance at the Ulster Schools Friday last. Henry and Aishling both qualified from District C by claiming a well deserved silver and bronze medal respectively.Well done everyone. You are all future Olympian’s at heart !Training:Training continues Tuesday nights at 7:00 – 8:15pm at the Glenswilly pitch and Saturday mornings from 11am till 12.15pm at Aura Leisure Centre for the month of June and back to pitch after this due to pitch being repaired. We are insured to cater for any and all abilities from 8 years of age right up to senior and master’s level who wishes to train, keep fit, have fun, and/or compete at a local to national/ international standard. New members as always are more than welcome. For further details, please do not hesitate to contact Martin O’ Donnell on 863838240 or message us via Facebook (Olympian AC) or feel free to come down and have a chat on any of our club nights.PADDY O’DONNELL TRACK AND FIELD MEMORIAL DAY A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: May 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sportstrack and fieldlast_img read more

How failure at being a “superwoman” led to freelance success

first_imgWhen people ask how I started freelancing, it always comes out in half-truths. No one likes to share intimate details of ‘perceived failure.’ For me to share my entire journey is to admit that I could not have it all. I had failed at being a “superwoman.” That failure ultimately led to where I was meant to be.Guess what, life happens to us all. We get overwhelmed and make mistakes. Growing from those mistakes is what helps makes us successful entrepreneurs.Six years ago I became a mom and was ill-prepared for having a newborn. People had warned me that it was going to be hard, but I was a wreck! I’m a light sleeper and am a naturally anxious person. The anxiety keeps me ambitious and motivated but can make me an insomniac. When I brought her home, I slept 2-3 hours a day – total – for weeks. Not the recommended “sleep when the baby sleeps.”Four weeks after having my child, my employer asked me to come back to work. I naively thought I was ready and I could handle working full-time, nursing, leaving my newborn, and the rest of life. I like to describe this part of my life as “driving a car out of control.” You try to course correct, but over-correct and slide out of control, plowing into a ditch. Yes, that happened. Seven months later I was fired for mouthing off to a client. I was devastated. I loved the company and people and wasn’t ready to move on.I spent the next few weeks bouncing between anger and depression. My friend and virtual co-worker as I call her (we always Skype) encouraged me to try freelancing. I was frightened and doubted my skills and worth. At that time, she was the only person I knew that freelanced and was making it work with three kids at home.A huge Thank you to Heather Loveridge who is Chief Storyteller/Founder of Magnolia Media Group and mother to five! She is so inspiring to me. I feel if she can accomplish a career and family with FIVE children, then I certainly I can, with two.I told my husband that I didn’t want to go back to work full-time. I carefully explained that I wanted a better home and work/life balance. I wanted to be able to see my kids during the day, take care of our home, and still have a career. He was incredibly supportive. My hubby is old-fashioned in that he didn’t think moms should have to work outside the home. The problem was, we had just bought a new house, and we had a $1,000 per month deficit without my income. He encouraged me to try, knowing that we may lose our house.We had a small emergency fund saved, thanks to Dave Ramsey’s “Baby Steps to Financial Freedom.” So I went for it. My goal was to make enough money not to lose the house while working no more than 15 hours per week. I opened a business bank account, created a logo and business cards and began looking for work in my skill sets.I began freelance web development by answering Craigslist ads for web jobs. I had no idea how to sell, negotiate, find jobs or close deals. It took a while to perfect that part of my freelance business. It’s like job interviewing. The more you pitch, the better you get. Yes, I took jobs I shouldn’t have, but also landed a client I still have today. That one client gave me enough ongoing work to stretch my freelancing business. I’m grateful for their guidance and support over the years.One year into my business, I no longer had to look for work. All of my work came in through referrals. I felt incredibly blessed to make $13,000 net that year. Ha! I know you are thinking “that is low,” but remember my $1,000 per-month deficit goal, that income covered our expenses and left us $1,000! I also met my goal to work only 10 hours per week, and take care of the kids and house.As the years went on, I learned things that clients expected from a professional freelancer. When I was starting out, there were no forums, groups, or resources for freelancers. I was thankful for friends who would give me advice and allow me to call on them for favors, like accounting questions or business questions. Every year I would double my goal in net income from the year before.Six years later (after having a second child), I persuaded Marcia King into partnering with me. Marcia is a social media expert who decided to leave corporate life behind, after 24 years, for the “freelance life.” Her courage astonishes me. I proposed creating a network of freelancers that would bring structure and resources to the freelance world. Essentially, building the structure I wished I had when starting freelancing – a place that freelancers could learn those problematic lessons that I learned by trial and error. I didn’t want others to feel isolated in their path to work/life flexibility. Marcia had walked a very similar journey in freelancing. She spent thousands of dollars in education and consulting to get our freelance business off the ground, and still learned many lessons by trial and error.Life is very different now. I have a balanced work and home life. That doesn’t mean that every day is half and half. It’s more of 3.5 work days and 3.5 days dedicated to my family. It’s not all ‘rainbows and daisies.’ There are days I struggle to balance getting the kids to and from school and getting to all my meetings. I am blessed to have supportive family members to help. My new business endeavor, Savvy Outsourcing, is growing fast. I have to take measures to keep things balanced, but the beauty lies in being able to make those decisions. To be able to take off on Monday just to take the kids to the beach or have lunch with my mom. That’s the beauty of freelance life.My amazing familyIt’s normal to try to keep all the plates spinning and failing; it’s human. It’s okay to be a mom that needs or wants to work and be able to take the kids to the park on a beautiful afternoon or make a doctor appointment for yourself.It’s your life and your terms!Erin Gordon is Co-Founder of Savvy Outsourcing (Digital Marketing Freelance Firm) and leader of the Jacksonville Freelancers Union SPARK. Erin has over 11 years of Web Design & Development experience, and 8+ years of Internet Marketing experience. She is a natural “techy” with expertise in all digital marketing avenues including SEO, PPC, Social Media, Content Management Systems, Inbound Marketing and more.Find out more about how to freelance by contacting us and following us on social media.last_img read more