News story: Daz beats bullies to lead England’s boxers at Commonwealth Games

first_imgSick of unpleasant comments and the threat of violence hanging over him, 10-year-old Daz Chapple took up the contact sport at his local gym in Saltash, Cornwall so he could look after himself.Now, almost 40 years later, Daz, who is based at Defence, Equipment and Support (DE&S), the government’s procurement agency based at MOD Abbey Wood in Bristol, has been selected as Team Leader of Team England.At the Gold Coast next April he will lead out 12 of the country’s most talented amateur boxers, fully expecting them to bring back a haul of medals.Daz, who lives in Bristol, said: In 2007 Daz applied successfully for a role of England Boxing Team Manager and is now Director England Boxing, (Director of Talent and Performance and GB Talent Commission).Over the years Daz has witnessed hundreds of bouts – one of which he particularly remembers.He said: Daz Chapple (left) in a boxing match in his youthFor Daz the single moment that stands out is being given the prestigious appointment of Team Leader and being asked to lead out Team England Boxing at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.He said: Daz recently met the Defence Secretary Gavin WilliamsonAs soon as he started training, Daz fell in love with the sport and went on to make several national semi-finals in the 51kg division.At 18 he joined the RAF as an aerial erector and walked straight into the RAF boxing team.After being posted to Germany for four years he returned to the UK and to the ring but, such was his love for the sport, soon found himself juggling being a boxer, coach and team manager as well as having to fulfil all his commitments in his role with the Armed Forces.Daz, who recently met the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson during a visit to DE&S, said: It is an absolute honour for me. I have dedicated my life to boxing and to be asked to lead the team out in Australia is incredible. It just doesn’t get any better. We have an incredibly strong team and I believe we will be very successful.center_img I came from a tough background, was bullied at school and decided I needed to protect myself. I saw an advert at my school, which happened to have a national schoolboy champion at the time, and I decided there was no reason I couldn’t follow in his footsteps. I actually managed Tyson Fury’s first fight as an amateur which took place in the Officers’ mess hall at RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire. He was so tall and had such a long reach the other guy could not get near him. He was fast too which singled him out. He has done well for himself. The military has been very good to me. I put in a lot of extra hours but there are not many places you can work that would allow you the time or flexibility to be able to do this role.last_img read more

USC can’t defeat Stanford on the road

first_imgThough the team rallied late in the second half to put the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal on the ropes, the USC women’s basketball team ultimately came up short on Sunday night, falling by a final score of 75-66. It was USC’s second straight loss, leaving them winless on their yearly Northern California road trip. It was also the team’s 11th straight defeat at the hands of Stanford.The Women of Troy (7-10, 4-2) trailed for the majority of the game and were down by as many as 19 points during the second half before rallying late. They cut the deficit to five with under two minutes to play, but the Cardinal (16-2, 5-1) locked down USC’s offense thereafter to secure the win.USC was led by the 21 points of junior forward Cassie Harberts, who also added seven rebounds and two 3-pointers. She was nine of 12 from the free-throw line and joins USC’s top-ten list of made free throws for a career. She, along with sophomore forward Alexyz Vaioletama, played all 40 minutes for the Trojans in the loss.Vaioletama was one of three players to hit double digits for the team with 10 points. The other two were Harberts and sophomore guard Ariya Crook, who scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half.The majority of the Cardinal scoring came from junior forward Chiney Ogwumike, who finished with 29 points, 23 of which came in the second half. She also contributed a game-high 16 rebounds. She had some help from senior forward Joslyn Tinkle, who had 15 points, while junior guard Sara James and sophomore guard Amber Orrange each added 13.Neither team shot the ball particularly well in the first half, as USC finished 33 percent from the field while Stanford shot a slightly better 35 percent. Both teams warmed up in the second half, as they matched each other at 47 percent for the entire contest.Midway through the first half, the teams were locked at 11-11 before Stanford started to heat up and went on a 7-0 run to take a 20-13 lead. The Trojans would come back to cut the Cardinal lead to two at 20-18 with five minutes to play, but Stanford scored 13 of the next 15 points to pull ahead 33-20 at halftime.The Women of Troy fell behind by as much as 19 points in the first four minutes of the second half. Once again, though, the team fought back and a reverse layup from Crook with 2:42 to play cut the Trojans’ deficit to five at 66-61.“We’re a different team than we were five games ago,” Harberts said. “We got down to Utah and came back and that’s been our mindset since conference started.”From that point on though, it was all Ogwumike, who scored seven of Stanford’s last nine points to ward off the Trojans and stay atop the Pac-12 alongside Cal.When USC left Los Angeles for their two-game Northern California road trip, they sat atop the conference with rival UCLA. With Sunday’s loss, the Trojans drop to a four-way tie for third in the Pac-12 standings with UCLA, Colorado and Washington.“We’re going to need to continue to play as a team should we want to be successful in our conference,” Crook said. “That means playing fundamentally sound basketball by driving into the paint, sharing the ball with our teammates and getting easy shots.”USC was out-rebounded by a ratio of 41-25 over the course of the game and a big reason for that was the loss of the team’s second leading rebounder, senior forward Christina Marinacci, who missed her fourth straight game because of a strained knee sustained in practice two weeks ago.The team returns home to the Galen Center to host the Arizona schools starting with the Arizona State Sun Devils (10-8, 2-4) on Friday, Jan. 25, and the Arizona Wildcats (11-6, 3-3) on Sunday, Jan. 27. Both teams are coming off blowout defeats in their previous contests.last_img read more

Alpena High School Student Wins 3rd Place in Essay Competition

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisSometimes stepping outside of the box can get you pretty far, and that’s what happened to one senior at Alpena High School. Tara Myers won 3rd place out of 673 essays focusing on the topic: “Can Society Function Without Respect.”The annual essay competition is through the Optimist Club, which helps students win scholarships for college. Myers said she’s proud of representing her hometown, and putting a spotlight on Alpena. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Students Show Appreciation for Officer Marquardt at Alpena High SchoolNext Shipwreck Norman Named One of the Top Sites to Dive in the United Stateslast_img

David Beckham to quit LA Galaxy next month

first_imgDavid Beckham is leaving LA Galaxy next month after six years at the club.He intends to quit after playing in the season-ending Major League Soccer Cup on 1 December. In a statement Beckham said: “I’ve had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career.”The former England captain, 37, began his career at Manchester United where he won six Premier League titles.As well as winning the Champions League at United, Beckham spent four years at Real Madrid from 2003, before moving to the United States in 2007.Beckham had an option on the contract he signed in January to stay for another year with the Galaxy. But rather than commit his future to the MLS club, he will leave after helping Galaxy defend their title against the Houston Dynamo.“I don’t see this as the end of my relationship with the league as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future,” Beckham added.Beckham’s initial contract with the league included a clause allowing him to be involved in owning an MLS expansion team down the line.Football Federation Australia last week claimed they had been approached by Beckham’s agent with a view to the player spending a short stint in the A-League.The move was denied by the Beckham camp. Beckham’s stint in Los Angeles brought success in the form of the Galaxy’s third MLS Cup crown last year.But he also faced repeated criticism from some of his own fans for a perceived lack of commitment to the cause.Twice he moved on loan to AC Milan during the American off-season. The second time, he tore an Achilles tendon that kept him out of a large part of the following MLS season.Beckham did win over fans in recent seasons though and was voted the league’s best player by supporters.He joined Manchester United as a 14-year-old and went on to make 398 appearances for the club. Beckham moved to Real Madrid in a £25m deal in 2003, winning the La Liga title in 2007 just weeks before his switch to the United States.He made his England debut against Moldova in 1996 and captained the side from 2000 to 2006, making his 115th and final England appearance in a 3-0 win over Belarus in 2009.last_img read more