Nervous Bolt prepares for football debut

first_imgSuch is the buzz swirling around the match that it will be broadcast live on pay TV and 10,000 fans are expected to cram into the Central Coast Stadium for what is normally a low-key pre-season fixture.The club, which finished bottom of the domestic A-League last season, is planning fireworks and other entertainment to keep fans amused until Bolt makes his entrance.All eyes will be on the eight-time Olympic champion with a local paper planning to distribute 100,000 cardboard cut-out face masks of the 32-year-old for onlookers to wear.“I think that will be a bit weird, but not too weird,” Bolt, who favours playing left wing, joked of the masks. “I’ve seen a little bit of that in track and field. But it will be something new to play the first game and see that.”Bolt dominated sprinting after taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and he remains the world record holder for the 100 metres.He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles before retiring last year and pursuing his passion for football.Bolt’s football dream is still a work in progress, with Bolt admitting this week to struggling with the constant stop-start of the sport, unlike his usual quick fire sprint on the athletics track © AFP / Saeed KHANDespite being used to running in front of 100,000 spectators and millions of TV viewers, the nerves are jangling as he enters a new phase in his career, having tried out with several other clubs around the world to no avail.“There will be nerves, definitely. It’s not like a charity game anymore, this is a career I’m pursuing,” said Bolt.“I expect to make mistakes, but I also expect to go in, make myself proud and push myself.”His football dream is still a work in progress, with Bolt admitting this week to struggling with the constant stop-start of the sport, unlike his usual quick fire sprint on the athletics track.“He doesn’t have football fitness, which is natural. We have not brought him in and said you have to do this and do that by this time,” said Mariners coach Mike Mulvey, who has given Bolt an indefinite time to prove himself.“For this Friday, it comes down to what the fitness coaches tell me with regards to how his body’s coping with the loading we’ve got at the moment.“But I would imagine he’s going to be playing some part on Friday.”– Spotlight –Mariners head of performance Andrew Young was blunt in his assessment: “As of right now, Usain’s not in the type of condition required to play A-League,” he told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.“We have to work on his aerobic capacity and he knows that.”The Mariners kick off their A-League season away to Brisbane Roar on October 21.All eyes will be on the eight-time Olympic champion with a local paper planning to distribute 100,000 cardboard cut-out face masks of the 32-year-old for onlookers to wear © AFP / Saeed KHANDespite Bolt being likely to spend most of Friday’s game on the bench, his presence at the club’s base in Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, has generated global excitement and Mulvey is lapping it up.“What the lads in the office are telling me, there could be 10,000-12,000 people here, that’s quite unbelievable for a pre-season game. But I welcome it because it puts us under a little bit of a spotlight,” he said.While Bolt is used to the trappings of fame and fortune, he is determined to be just “one of the boys” in his new life around the Gosford area, a popular weekend getaway from Sydney with magnificent national parks and sandy beaches.The bright lights of Sydney are not far away, but he has no plans to be out partying.“I do want to enjoy the city and the life but I’m still going to remember that I’m a professional footballer now so I have to respect the coach and what rules the Mariners put down,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Usain Bolt is likely to be handed a 10 or 15 minute run-out for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners in a friendly against an amateur side as he works towards his dream of earning a playing contract © AFP / Saeed KHANSYDNEY, Australia, Aug 30 – Usain Bolt is set to get a first taste of competitive football on Friday in a much-hyped game, but the sprint superstar admits he is nervous with his fitness levels not up to scratch.The Jamaican is likely to be handed a 10 or 15 minute run-out for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners in a friendly against an amateur side as he works towards his dream of earning a playing contract and becoming a professional footballer.last_img read more

SON OF WELL-KNOWN FORMER COUNCILLOR TO STAND FOR ELECTION

first_imgThe son of a former Donegal County Councillor is seeking to follow in his father’s footsteps.Election candidate John O’DonnellJohn O’Donnell has confirmed he will run as an Independent in the upcoming local elections.A native of Kilmacrennan, John is the son of the late Councillor Eddie O’Donnell and his wife Anne. A popular figure among young and old, O’Donnell will officially launch his campaign in The Lagoon, Termon on Friday, 7th February at 8.00pm.Everyone is welcome to attend the launch, which is an excellent opportunity for people to hear what John has to say and learn how, working together with the people of Donegal, he will be a force for change.A past pupil of Kilmacrennan N.S. and Mulroy College (formerly Milford Vocational School), John grew up in a busy political household, watching his parents work tirelessly for their constituents.This grounding in political life gave him a unique insight into the importance of strong political representation at a local level and he wants to see a return to an open door policy for constituents. Coupled with this, O’Donnell has a wealth of national and international business experience that belies the fact that he is still only in his early 30’s. He is keen to bring this drive, energy and enthusiasm to the political sphere – something, he believes, is severely lacking.O’Donnell’s vision for Donegal centres on addressing key areas which he feels successive governments have neglected. These include creating a viable future for farmers, facilitating business and entrepreneurship, protecting people and services, developing tourism and infrastructure, restoring and renewing communities and empowering young people through education, training and employment.Commenting on his decision to run, O’Donnell said: “I’m running as an Independent because I want to see a smarter approach to local politics, with more common sense solutions for the people of Donegal. I’m disappointed by the way successive governments have neglected and ignored the citizens they represent.“I know firsthand how businesses are struggling and failing because the country is failing business. I want to ensure farmers, young and old, are properly and fairly rewarded for the hard work they do. I believe we can do better for everyone, but we need to vote for change.”In particular, John is appealing to younger voters to take a stand against the way successive governments have continued to ignore their plight. “I know that young people are disillusioned, struggling to see the value or relevance of politics in their lives. That’s understandable. Across the board, people in power have let them down, putting personal gain before the best interest of the country.“But now is the time to act; to use your vote to empower change. We can only make the future better and fairer for all, by doing things differently today. And if we don’t vote for change, then how can we complain when things stay the same?”SON OF WELL-KNOWN FORMER COUNCILLOR TO STAND FOR ELECTION was last modified: January 30th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:John O’DonnellkilmacrennanLocal electionslast_img read more