Paralympic athlete tells court she’s determined to get to Rio

first_imgNewsParalympic athlete tells court she’s determined to get to RioBy Staff Reporter – April 22, 2015 790 Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up AN IRISH paralympic horsewoman says she is determined to make the Rio 2016 games after injuries sustained in a County Limerick car crash forced her to miss the London 2012 Paralympic games.Breda Bernie is 40-year-old Cerebral Palsy sufferer, but could ride a horse at the age of five even before she could take her first steps unassisted.At a sitting of the High Court in Limerick this week, she gave evidence of how she was driving back to Limerick city from dressage training session at a Crecora equestrian arena when her car was written off after a collision with a John Deere tractor and trailer on a narrow road in February 2011.She was at the height of her training with the elite high performance Para Equestrian Ireland squad to reach the Olympic qualifying standards at international dressage events for the London 2012 games when the accident occurred.Ms Bernie, who has represented Ireland at both European and World Championships, described how she had left the stables in Crecora and was returning to Limerick city where she was staying at around 7:45pm on February 25, 2011.Noticing the lights of a vehicle coming towards her, the two time paralympian said she slowed and pulled in as close to the ditch as possible.“Only when the lights came closer did I realise that over half of their vehicle was on my side of the road before it attempted to turn back to its own side.”Ms Bernie described how the subsequent impact with the tractor forced the rear of her car off the road and into the ditch causing over €15,000 worth of damage. The car was written off and she said this left her in shock and with extensive injuries to her neck, back and arm.Ms Bernie said that “there was little or no dialogue” between herself and the tractor driver after he initially asked if she was alright. He also refused to allow her use his phone to contact Gardaí as her own phone was in the boot of her car and couldn’t be accessed.Ms Bernie was initially treated and later referred to her GP. She was subsequently treated by pain and orthopaedic specialists.She missed the first qualifier for London 2012 two months after the accident and her scores at subsequent events failed to improve. despite having ranked at the Irish Paralympic standard before the crash.She was told that she had not been selected shortly before the last qualifier in Germany a number of months later. She continues to have pain despite having regular pain relief injections and is much slower doing things at home.Although still suffering from her injuries, she has since returned to horse riding and told Mr Justice Michael Moriarty that she is “hoping to get to the next Olympics”.“Through determination, I will get to Rio de Janeiro “, she said.In cross examination, Ms Bernie accepted that she had suffered other injuries as a result of a number of falls from her horse at competitions or while hacking, but denied that she had returned to her baseline health status within a few weeks of the accident.Following a brief adjournment on the second day of hearing, Mr Justice Michael Moriarty was told that the case had been settled and costs were awarded to Ms Bernie. Previous articleDirector Liddy returns for Film FestivalNext articlePigtown Fling documentary screening Staff Reporter TAGSfeatured Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Shannondoc operating but only by appointment No vaccines in Limerick yet Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Twitter First Irish death from Coronavirus Linkedin Email Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended WhatsApp Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Winds will ease today, but wintry showers are set to continue

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Twitter Facebook 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Facebook Previous articleDerry man has bail revoked after tag is removed for a second timeNext articleDonegal has one of the country’s highest instancees of banned drivers reoffending News Highland Motorists are being advised to continue driving with care this morning due to high winds across parts of the country.An orange level wind alert will remain in place in Donegal and other Western seaboard counties until 10am.Met Eireann say parts of the west coast have been experiencing gusts of over 110 kilometres per hour.Those winds will begin to ease in Donegal as the day progresses, but it will remain very cold, with more wintry showers and snow on high ground expected.center_img Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Winds will ease today, but wintry showers are set to continue By News Highland – December 11, 2014 Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday May 26th Pinterestlast_img read more

Willemijn Verkaik Will Return to Wicked in the West End

first_img View Comments Willemijn Verkaik in ‘Wicked'(Photo: Matt Crockett) The West End’s Wicked will welcome back Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba on January 30, 2017. Sue Kelvin and Sarah McNicholas are also scheduled to start performances on that date as Madame Morrible and Nessarose, respectively.Verkaik has played Elphaba on Broadway, in both Stuttgart and Oberhausen in Germany, at the Circustheater in Holland and in the West End. She is the only actor in the show’s history to perform the role in more than one language. Verkaik recently starred as Kala in Disney’s Tarzan at the Apollo Theater in Stuttgart, Germany and provided the singing voice of Elsa in the Dutch and German language versions of Disney’s Frozen. Her other stage credits include Germany’s Mamma Mia!, London’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Aida in Germany and Elisabeth in Switzerland. She has also made multiple acclaimed concert appearances across The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, North America and in the U.K.Kelvin is currently starring in her acclaimed one-woman show Bette Midler… and Me. Her other most recent London theatre appearances include Barmitzvah Boy and Private Lives. McNicholas most recently performed in the Dominion Theatre’s Evita, as well as on its U.K. and European tours and in the musical Carrie at Southwark Playhouse.Rachel Tucker is currently leading the company through its 10th birthday celebrations at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Anita Dobsonis plays Madame Morrible and original London cast member Katie Rowley Jones continues as Nessarose. Wicked will celebrate its 10th year in London on September 27.last_img read more

Ag awareness week

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed March 15-20 “Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week” to honor an industry that touches every life in Georgia and is the economic backbone for much of the state.Special events throughout the state will help Georgians learn about agriculture’s impact. Perdue plans to kick off the week with the signing of a proclamation with Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin.Perdue will speak to fourth- and fifth-grade classes statewide via Webcast. He’ll be joined by state School Superintendent Kathy Cox, state Future Farmers of America President Cliff Tippens and state 4-H President Nekeisha Randall.FFA and 4-H officers will be in classrooms throughout the week with interactive presentations. An agriculture curriculum and video will be on hand for all fifth-grade classes during the week.Georgia Extension Service agents and young farmer teachers will meet with civic clubs to champion agriculture in their area.A Web site ( has a complete list of activities, lesson plans, facts and resources. You can test your agriculture knowledge there, too, and earn a certificate.”The ag awareness week activities are designed to encourage agricultural literacy,” says Donnie Smith, ag awareness week chairman. “Knowledge of agriculture is important for informed consumers, for the continued economic success of our state and for good stewardship of our environment.”Georgia ag awareness will coincide with National Agriculture Day, March 20.Economic engineGeorgia’s climate allows for many crops from the north Georgia mountains through the piedmont region to the coastal plain. Vegetables, tobacco, cotton, corn, trees, soybeans, livestock, peaches, onions, aquaculture, floriculture and nursery crops are just a few Georgia commodities.Georgia farmers produce more broilers, eggs and peanuts than any other U.S. state. In most years, they grow more pecans, too.And Georgia doesn’t just grow food and fiber. It processes, packages and transports it, too.Agriculture adds more than $57 billion each year to the Georgia economy. That’s 16 percent of the state’s economic output. One in six Georgians works in a forestry- or agriculture-related job. Almost half of the state’s manufacturing jobs are in agribusiness.The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has scientist working throughout the state to develop better, more economical and environmentally safer ways to grow Georgia’s crops. They’re leaders, too, in ensuring the quality and safety of the food supply.The UGA Extension Service has agriculture and family and consumer sciences agents in most Georgia counties. They link the university and agriculture to the rest of the state.Extension agents oversee the Georgia 4-H program, too, which provides youth education and leadership training.last_img read more