jump to navigation

Prowlers 2009 World Masters Video April 4, 2010

Posted by fredillies in Basketball, Travel.
add a comment

Well, it’s only taken about 5 months to put this together, but you know – things have been busy ūüôā We had an awesome time in Sydney, but came up short of our goal of bringing home a medal. We came 4th of 16 teams in our division. We played 14 games, and we lost in the Bronze medal game to team from Estonia. It was a heartbreaking loss. After 6 months of intensive training and practices, it was a huge disappointment. The feeling of failure stayed with us for a long time. Watching this video reminds me of what a great trip we had, and makes me excited about Turino in 2013!

Advertisements

Australia here we come! October 6, 2009

Posted by fredillies in Basketball, Travel.
add a comment

Screen shot 2009-10-06 at 9.56.37 AMAfter 6 months of training (and 4 years of anticipation), I’m off today to Australia to play in The World Masters Games. You can follow our exploits through my Facebook status updates and Tweets (fredo22 on Twitter). GO PROWLERS!

World Masters Games Here We Come! September 15, 2009

Posted by fredillies in Basketball, Travel.
add a comment

Screen shot 2009-09-15 at 9.34.12 PM

Well, less 4 weeks until the Opening Ceremonies of the 2009 World Masters Games.  This is the largest multi-sport event in the world, far bigger than the Olympics in terms of the number of competitors.  There are 28,000 people competing in Sydney.

This will be my second World Masters Games. Our team¬†(The Prowlers) played in the 2005 Games in Edmonton as well. ¬† Although many of us play together in various Men’s Leagues, we’ve been practicing as a team since April. ¬†It’s been a great ride so far… learning a system and having a coach (…my wife Ali- ¬†a renowned coach in Ontario high school basketball). ¬†Running suicide drills and pushing ourselves has been extremely rewarding. ¬† We have some VERY dedicated players on this team, and are expecting to bring back a medal this time. We’ll certainly have our work cut out for us… in our division we’ll play teams from the Russian Federation, Estonia, USA, Australia and Guam. ¬†I’ll twitter (fredo22)¬†during the Games so you can follow our exploits if you’re interested.

The following video gives you a glimpse of what the experience of the World Masters Games is like. ¬†If you’re a competitive athlete over 30, do yourself a favour and enter the Games in 2013 (Germany).

Time for a name change September 10, 2006

Posted by fredillies in Basketball, Life Balance.
add a comment

It’s been (count em) THREE months since my last post. (that sounds eerily like “it’s been 3 months since my last confession” ūüėČ I originally dedicaticated this blog to a discussion about life balance. I’ve now come to the realization that it was too specific a topic for me, and that I want to be able to write about any number of topics that are of interest to me. For this reason I’ve dropped the title “Effort & Ease”, and just used my name.

While we’re on the topic of life balance, mines been pretty out of whack in the last couple of months, with too much business travel and too much letting stress get to me. As a result the summer seems to have gone by so fast. Hopefully the fall will be OK weather so that Ali & I can do some camping in BC. We recently went camping in the Stein Valley with my friend William Bakker and his wife Sheri. We hiked in, and had the place to ourselves! We swam in a (very cold and pure) glacial river, ate chili, drank and played guitar around the candle (yes you read that right…no campfires unfortunately).

One thing I’m really looking forward to this fall is starting basketball again. Ali & I are going to be playing on the same team in a co-ed Vancouver Basketball League. This whole travelling for work thing has really had an impact on playing organized basketball.