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Incredible Medal Success in London 2012

 

Of the ten 7SYSTEMS athletes who competed in the London Olympics, an incredible 30% medaled. 

We are so proud to have helped them to the podium with 7SYSTEMS endurance sports supplement.  They are:

  • Silver: Adam van Koeverden
  • Bronze: Gillian Carleton
  • Silver: Malcolm Howard

 

 

There were lots of stories, pain, tears, joy and victory for all of the athletes.  They all have stories to share and are such great examples of people who have a passion to DO MORE.  Thanks to all of them for being such an inspiration regardless of the outcome you achieved. 

Follow the full story of the athletes at http://www.facebook.com/DoMoreWith7systems 


Scones with Strawberries and whip cream

 

What is more British than scones with strawberries and whipped cream? Well, nothing is really, especially if you are a regular Wimbledon Tennis fan.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (serves 20):

  •     4 cups self-raising flour
  •    1 tablespoon caster sugar
  •    1 cup thickened cream
  •    1 cup milk
  •    2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  •    2 tablespoons icing sugar mixture, to serve
  •    Strawberry cream
  •    1/4 cup strawberry jam
  •    1 1/2 cups thickened cream, whipped
  •    150g strawberries, diced

 

Directions:

  1. Make sure you have the ingredients!
  2. Preheat oven to 190°C. Line a flat baking tray with baking paper. Sift flour, sugar and a pinch of salt into a large bowl.
  3. Combine cream, milk and vanilla in a jug. Pour into dry ingredients. Stir with a flat-bladed knife to combine. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth.
  4. Pat dough out to a 2.5cm-thick round.Using a 5cm scone cutter, cut 12 scones from dough. Gently press remaining dough together and repeat. Place scones on prepared tray, allowing a little room for spreading. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven. Cover with a clean tea towel and stand scones on tray for 10 minutes.
  5. Make strawberry cream: Stir jam in a bowl until softened slightly. Add cream and half the strawberries. Gently fold through until just combined.
  6. Split scones in half. Top bases with a dollop of strawberry cream, remaining strawberries and scone tops. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

Source: www.taste.com; Super Food Ideas- June 2006, Page 24. The recipe is by Julie Jansen


Paula Findlay

Paula Findlay is young triathlete with an impressive list of accomplishments. This year alone she has won three World championship series races consecutively, one each in Sydney, Kitzbuhel and Madrid and took a third at the Mooloolaba World Cup. Now she has chosen 7SYSTEMS to help her in her prep for the Olympics!

Paula started swimming when she was 10 years old and during high school, at age 15 she started to run. In 2006 Paula began her first competitive season and competed at the World Junior Championships. She then made Canada’s Junior squad in 2007 and 2008. In 2008 she won both the junior and senior national championships. Her next big accomplishment was a third at the Under-23 world championships in 2009.

Not only was she the first Canadian triathlete to win a World Championship series event but she was also the only women to win back-to-back in 2010.

If you don’t know her now, you will. She will no doubt continue to impress leading up to to London for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.

When Paula is not training she is studying at the University of Alberta where her goal is to be accepted to medicine and become a doctor.


Annamay Pierse- World Record Holder

Annamay is a member of Canada’s national swim team and the current world record holder for the women’s 200m breaststroke (short course).  She was a member of the Canadian Olympic team in Beijing in 2008 and is currently preparing for London in 2012.  

Annamay was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. Currently she resides in Vancouver,BC and attends The University of British Columbia. Annamay has 5 sisters, of which she is the oldest, and 2 brothers. All the sisters are competitive swimmers!  

Placing first at the Canadian Olympic trails in 100m breaststroke qualified her for the Summer Olympic games in Beijing in 2008. Annamay placed 6th in the 200m breaststroke and placed 7th in 4X100m medley relay as a member of the canadian team in Beijing.  Annamay is one of the new members of the 7SYSTEMS 2011 Pro Team.


Annamay’s Crepes

Ingredients: 

Strawberry and chocolate crepes

·   1 cup all-purpose flour

·   2 eggs

·   1/2 cup milk

·   1/2 cup water

·   1/4 teaspoon salt

·   2 tablespoons butter, melted

·   2 tbs of Vanilla

 Directions: 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter; beat until smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
  3.  Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Serve hot 


What We Can Learn From the Winter Olympics- Jasper Blake

Probably the biggest lesson we can take from the winter Olympics is that there are literally dozens of great sports that can keep us fit during the winter months. Triathletes often get stuck in a rut during the winter months and forget that there are other great ways to stay fit in the snow.

I was fortunate enough to enjoy a day of skiing in Whistler during the Olympic games and I can tell you I am incredibly sore from one outing. I was amazed with how vigorously my core and back muscles were worked during a day on the downhill slopes, not to mention my quads!

Other great sports that are perhaps more relevant to the aerobic athlete are cross country skiing and if you are fortunate to live in an area with an oval; speed skating. The cross over from cross country skiing and skating to cycling and running is remarkable. Take Clara Hughes for example, Olympic medalist in both cycling and speed skating. Many sports compliment each other and as Canadians I truly believe we should take advantage of and embrace the opportunity to participate.

Classic cross country skiing is said to transfer very well to running and skate skiing and skating compliments cycling very well. Many national level cyclists play in recreational hockey leagues during the winter. It works similar muscle groups, is a great interval type workout and is incredibly fun.

So use the Olympic inspiration from the last two weeks and get outside into the Canadian winter, you won’t be sorry!