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 Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie 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

Clippers overwhelm struggling Wizards to improve to 4-2

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “We take a lot of pride in that,” Bradley said. “Me and Pat, we both consider ourselves first-team defenders. And as a team, we want to be known not only an offensive team in the West but a defensive team as well.”Consider Tobias Harris consistent: For the fourth consecutive game, he scored at least 20 points – going for a team-leading 22 against Washington. He also pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds.And on Lou Williams bobblehead night – if it could talk, it would say “You feel me,” Williams told the crowd via a video – the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year had 17 points off the bench, with 14 falling in the fourth quarter. There also was a killer crossover into a behind-the-back pass that led to a bucket and a foul for Montrezl Harrell (13 points) and a cheer from the 16,491 bobblehead collectors in the building.Turnovers let the Wizards stay within relative striking distance for a while. Washington cut it to 77-66 with about six minutes left in the third quarter, but then Beverley went on a 3-point spree to help the home team pull comfortably ahead.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Better than pundits and, perhaps, opponents anticipated?“We know what we have in our locker room. Whatever the standings may be, whatever it’s said on paper, you’ve got to play the game. We like to play the game,” point guard Patrick Beverley told reporters after the victory. “You guys do put a lot of unfortunate pressure on the rest of the teams in the NBA that we kind of look at ourselves as underdogs. Which is also a good thing. Other teams look at us as underdogs because you guys put so much pressure on other teams, so it kind of works in our favor. We appreciate it.”Beverley and fellow starting guard Avery Bradley, together more recognizable for their clamp-down defense than their scoring, were both notably aggressive offensively Sunday.Bradley’s 15 points were the most he has scored as a Clipper so far. And Patrick Beverley’s three 3-pointers in the third quarter helped the Clippers stretch their lead to 24 points. Beverley finished with 11 points.They also helped hold Washington (1-5) to 39 percent shooting from the field and 18.5 percent from behind the 3-point line. High-scoring guard John Wall entered the game averaging 21.2 points, and although he finished with 18 on Sunday, he was scoreless in the second half. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 PreviousWashington Wizards guard John Wall, right, protects the ball after stealing it from Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, above, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic, left, of Serbia, tips the ball away from Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsWashington Wizards guard John Wall, left, drives into Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, center, passes the ball away from Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, as guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, watches, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers forward Mike Scott, left, blocks a shot by Washington Wizards guard Austin Rivers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, loses the ball on a shot attempt against Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi, left, of France, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. dunks against Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic, below center, of Serbia, as forward Jeff Green, left, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, right, steals the ball from Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Clippers forward Mike Scott, left, and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, above, foul Wizards forward Jeff Green before he can take a shot during the first half of Sunday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr., right, gets trapped by Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, and guard Patrick Beverley, center, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, right, steals the ball from Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr., center, as guard Milos Teodosic (4), of Serbia, assists Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, center, takes off for a dunk against Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green, left, and guard Bradley Beal, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, right, shoots over Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr., left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, left, of Serbia, dunks against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) and guard Jordan McRae (52) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, right, of Serbia, hugs Washington Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky, left, of the Czech Republic, after the Clippers defeat the Wizards 136-104 in an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, protects the ball after stealing it from Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, above, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 15Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, protects the ball after stealing it from Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, above, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers did their part to bring joy to L.A. on the day of the Great Sports Equinox.Across the city on Sunday, L.A. went a disappointing 3-2. The Dodgers failed to cling to life in the World Series, and Major League Soccer’s Galaxy couldn’t make it out of the regular season, but the NFL’s Rams and NHL’s Kings won, and after all that, the Clippers put another tally in the win column, clobbering the Washington Wizards 136-104 at Staples Center.The Clippers (4-2) shot 54 percent from the field, 55 percent from deep and equaled an NBA best this season with nine players in double figures as they moved the ball proficiently, assisting on 35 of their 56 field goals.“When we get misses and run, and get the floor space and just … keep things simple, we’re really good,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We had a little stretch in the beginning of the third, just too much dribbling, and then we got back to the ball hops, the ball finds the energy. And when we play like that, the way we play defense, then we’re really good.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory A game after their reserves contributed a franchise-record 85 points in a 133-113 victory Friday at Houston, the Clippers got another big boost from their bench – which accounted for 73 points against the Wizards.Rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists – including a 3-point splash from 40 feet to beat the first-quarter buzzer and put the Clippers ahead 28-20.Following a brief video tribute during a timeout, former Clipper Austin Rivers entered the game for the first time with 3:54 left in the first quarter. Doc Rivers’ son finished with nine points and three assists in 22 minutes. Bradley Beal led Washington with 20 points.Wizards a season ago, Marcin Gortat (four points, eight rebounds) and Mike Scott (11 points) also contributed in their first game against their former team.And in 11 fourth-quarter minutes, fan favorite Boban Marjanovic added 13 points and eight rebounds.“We have a lot of guys who are capable to fill it up any given night,” Bradley said. “Including Boban. He’s like instant buckets, man. And it’s fun to watch him play.”The Wizards’ Markieff Morris went down holding his face and had to be helped off the court late in the first half; he did not return and was said to be suffering concussion symptoms. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more