Come to our corehealth Christmas Drinks this month for food and drinks!
This month’s success story is about a client of ours who has achieved so much in such a short time!
Are our children proficient movers these days? Read this month’s article to find out the facts.
Read up on all the news reguarly happening here at corehealth!
Christmas is upon us! Try our chrissie take on a tiramisu and an easy to do summer drink to have with it.
corehealth Monthly Special
Let’s Talk Health – Are our Children Proficient Movers?
Recipe of the Month – Mangomisu and Berry & Watermelon Cider
corehealth Monthly Special
Our Christmas Drinks are on this Thursday 8th of Decmeber from 7:00pm, come along for drinks and food provided and enjoy the night with us celebrating the end of the year and the silly season!
“It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars” – Richard Evans
corehealth Regular Champions
Success Story – Alex Hoberg
This month, we’re interviewing Alex, one of our newest and brightest rising stars at corehealth. At a young age of 15, Alex has been involved in multiple sports such as archery, velodrome cycling and his pet sport, Air Rifle. Although Alex only started shooting some two years ago, he is already making waves in the Air Rifle community, winning golds at the Youth Nationals and being selected in both State and National Development Squads.
How did you get involved in Air Rifle?
My Dad visited the State Shooting Range in March 2014 with the intent of him learning how to shoot. The lady behind the counter told him they had a Junior Air Rifle program running and maybe I would be interested in trying it. That night Dad asked me if I was interested – I think I said something like “Yes – I’d love to try it! You’re just kidding aren’t you?” But he was serious. As it turned out, the Junior Club night was the following evening, so we went down to the State Range and it was with some surprise that we realised that all of my archery abilities pretty much translated across to Air Rifle. The Junior Club coach, who also happens to be Australia’s Assistant National Coach, was quite surprised at my scores given it was the first time I had ever held or shot a rifle in my life.
What made you pursue it as a competitive sport?
The sport is based around constant training and competitions. As such, I found that as I was progressing and reaching new goals within my weekly trainings, this then lead to success in local club based competitions and even placing in them.
Tell me about your experience at your first major competition.
My first major competition was a Junior State Champs and I can’t remember the scores but I shot well! A few weeks after the Junior State Champs, we decided to register for the Shooting Australia Youth Nationals held in the Sydney International Shooting Centre in Sydney. I had just turned 13 the week before this event and had only been shooting for 9 months. When the Junior Coach first discovered that I had entered, I think she was a little concerned and told me to just go to enjoy the experience and not have any expectations. I don’t think anyone including myself expected me to shoot as well as I did and end up clinching the Gold medal in the Under 17 Class and Silver as outright second in the Open Knockout Final which included up to Under 25’s.
What are some of the motivations that drive you to shoot better?
I guess firstly I just love shooting Air Rifle, and constant encouragement from my family, especially my parents and brother. Furthermore, in the intervening period I have competed in numerous AusCups – which are the National Open Men’s Air Rifle competition. At these events, I am usually up against some of Australia’s top Olympic and Commonwealth Games shooters. I have managed to win a few medals and it pushes me try so much harder to compete against these people (some of whom have been shooting longer than I have been alive!).
But it was at this event (Youth Nationals) that the National Coach came up and congratulated me and said that he would take me to Europe when I could regularly reach his benchmark score. With this as my goal, I’ve been working hard ever since to make sure I get there!
What are some of your best achievements since you started shooting competitively?
Winning the Youth Nationals for the last two years has been a big highlight, alongside being selected in for both the State and National Development Squats. I have also recently been selected in the Australia Air Rifle team to tour Europe in January 2017 for 3 weeks, competing at ranges in Czech Republic, Austria and Germany.
Even though I just won 3 Gold medals in the State Junior Champs last weekend, shooting a PB in a local competition earlier this month was one of my highlights. It happened to be an unofficial qualifying score to enable entry to the 2017 World Junior Championships in Suhl, Germany. I have been trying very hard to achieve that score and now I just need to shoot that same score in an internationally recognised competition to gain entry!
How did you end up joining us at corehealth and how has that helped you in your shooting performance?
My dad came to corehealth after a major surgery to regain his aerobic capacity, strength and flexibility. He knew that stretching and core muscle strength were essential things that would help me with my performance since I wasn’t very flexible at all – despite stretching at least 3 times a week before training, I still couldn’t touch my toes. Now, I can put my hands under my feet when I touch my toes and even touch my knees with my forehead. So I have gone from being the least flexible person my Dad knew to one of the most flexible people outside of corehealth!
What do you like about your exercise physiology exercises?
I like the fact that I can see and feel the progression of exercises – be it in repetitions or weight. I can clearly see my improvements from my review and this motivates me to try harder. I also can see the improvements in the results of my shooting scores, and achievements in competitions and trainings.
What are some of your favourite / most dreaded exercises?
I really enjoy doing Pull Ups on the cables and variations of Diamond Plank although find them really difficult. I would probably dread the Wattbike sessions he most, and do not look forward to them. But I appreciate them afterwards and realize that they aren’t that bad. Another exercise I dread is holding a squat on the wobble board while using therabands to do upper body exercises. I find this the hardest out of all the exercises.
What are some of your goals in the near future with shooting?
I am currently aiming to achieve entry qualification for 2017 Junior World Championships in Suhl, Germany. As well as this event, I am in training for the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I guess my biggest long term goal would probably be Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which is still a while away but I would like to commit to making the team.
– Written by Celine Tan
Let’s Talk Health
Are our Children Proficient Movers?
– By Sarah Bernhart
It is well known that children require a certain level of physical ‘skill’ to successfully participate in sports. These fundamental movement skills including catching, throwing, jumping, kicking and running, are often required to allow children to participate in many sports that are made available to them. New research suggests that regular participation in sports and / or physical activity from an early age along with a high level of competence in fundamental motor skills can often play a crucial role in determining a child’s physical activity trends throughout their lifespan. Studies suggest that competence in the above fundamental movement skills, results in success when playing sport which further drives regular participation during their childhood and into adulthood.
Fundamental movement skills are the ‘building blocks’ required for many different movements that we perform every day and are often required to participate in sports. These movement skills are typically acquired during childhood, and it is thought that we naturally develop rudimentary forms of these movement skills, however they become proficient with appropriate practice, encouragement and feedback. It has been found that children who do not receive the required motor skill practice may demonstrate a delay in their gross motor skill ability. As a result of this, the early childhood activity guidelines suggest that development of fundamental movement skills should be an integral part of early childhood learning curriculums throughout Australia, and should also be an important aspect of family life for a young child. Recent studies have found that proficiency in these skills is decreasing within young Australians, with less than 40% of 8-10 year olds having proficient motor skills.
The above statistics infer that children are now participating in less physical activity, especially during early childhood and as a result of this are deficient in many of their gross motor skills. This in turn is likely to reduce the participation in organised along with non-organised sporting activities, which can have long-lasting effects throughout their lifespan. Children who regularly participate in physical activity and have proficient motor skills are more likely to lead healthier lifestyles with a decreased chance of obesity.
As a result of the above research, it is important to be aware that the exposure we provide our children to physical activity and the opportunity to develop their motor skills, can have long-lasting effects. It is crucial that children, especially during early childhood, are provided with regular physical activity and the opportunity to participate in organised and non-organised sports. This plays a significant role in encouraging healthy physical activity and body mass trends throughout their lifespan.
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, ‘Association between sports participation, motor competence and weight status: A longitudinal study’, R. Henrique, A. Re, D. Stodden, J. Fransen, C.Campos, D.Queiroz, M.Cattuzzo
Staff Christmas Weekend Getaway!
On the weekend all of us headed up to Millicent to have dinner at the award winning tasting room Mayura Station! We headed off on Saturday morning for our 5 hour road trip passing through the beautiful Coorong with the most amazing scenery as our backdrop! There were lots of musical chairs with the two cars, great playlists and lots of snacks and Amir always trying to get in front of Michelle’s car! Mayura Station was beautfiul, a view that stretched on for miles and we were seated at the chef’s table where we were able to watch everything happening before our eyes! It was very interesting to find out that at Mayura, they feed their cattle cadbury chocolates and Allen’s lollies which they are famous for. Our four course meal was delicious and all of us have agreed that we will never be able to eat another normal steak ever agian after having had pure wagyu steak! In the morning we stopped off on the way at one of our beloved clients house where we were spoiled to a breakfast spread that took up the entire table! Diane’s waffles were definitiely a favorite among us. Thank you to Ean and Diane for having us and fuelling us up for the long journey home! It was definitely a memorable weekend!
corehealth Christmas Drinks!
Don’t forget that our Christmas Drinks are on this Thursday 8th of Decmeber from 7:00pm! Food and drinks will be provided so come and celebrate the silly season with us! Partners are of course welcome.
Merry Chirtsmas and a Happy New Year!
Another year down and how quickly did it go! We would like to thank every single one of our clients who continued with us throughout our journey this year. It was a bigger year than most, making our big step across the road and into our new clinic. We have had such a great time creating our new home and have been ecstatic with the huge amount of space we were given to be able to expand our clinic even further.
We hope to see you all for another fun filled year in 2017!
Recipe of the Month
Whenever I think of a good Australia Christmas lunch there always has to be Trifle, Pavlova and Tiramisu! Try this fresh take on a classic Tiramisu.
500g mascarpone cheese
600ml thickened cream
1/3 cup (50g) icing sugar
2 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
1/2 cup (125ml) Grand Marnier (orange flavoured liquor)
Juice of 2 oranges
300g sponge finger biscuits
3 mangoes, flesh sliced 1cm thick
1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
250g fresh or frozen raspberries
Juice of 1 lemon
Step 1: Line the base of a 22cm springform cake pan with plastic wrap or baking paper. Place the mascarpone, thickened cream, icing sugar, egg yolks and vanilla seeds in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high speed until thick and well combined.
Step 2: Combine the Grand Marnier and orange juice in a separate bowl. Dip half the sponge fingers into the juice mixture and layer in the base of the cake pan. Spread with one-third of the mascarpone mixture, and top with one-third of the mango slices. Repeat the process, then top with the remaining mascarpone mixture, reserving the remaining mango slices to serve. Cover the cake and chill for 2 hours or until firm.
Step 3: Meanwhile for the raspberry sauce, place the sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a small pan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cool slightly, then add the berries and lemon juice. Whiz in a food processor until smooth, then pass through a sieve. Chill until ready to serve. (You can store the sauce, covered, in the fridge for 3-4 days).
Step 4: To serve, carefully remove the sides and base of the cake pan and transfer the mangomisu to a platter. Decorate with curls of the reserved mango, then slice and serve with berry sauce.
Berry & Watermelon Cider
Why not try this easy summer drink recipe to enjoy over the warm weather?
500g peeled watermelon, chilled
500g fresh or frozen strawberries
350ml apple cider or sweet sparkling wine, chilled
Step 1: Blend watermelon and berries in a blender or food processor until mixture is smooth.
Step 2: Set a sieve on top of a large jug. Pour watermelon–strawberry mixture into sieve, stirring gently with a spoon to help strain all juice into jug. Discard pulp and seeds in sieve. Set juice aside (unless serving immediately).
Step 3: Add cider (or wine) to jug and stir gently, then divide among glasses or bottles and serve.
– Suggested by Marissa Carter