Cats face uphill battle to repeat at zone champs

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIn past years the Kootenay High School A Girl’s Volleyball Zone Championships was simply a small speed bump en route to the provincial tournament for the Mount Sentinel Wildcats.However this year is very different, as the defending zone champs must overcome a very huge hurdle to make another return to the Big Show.“For the first time in a very long Mount Sentinel is entering the tournament as not the number one seed,” said tournament organizer and skipper of the Cats, Joe Moreira. “Selkirk (Storm of Kimberley) is now compete at the A level and they are the top seed.”Ten teams from throughout the Kootenays are entered in the two-day tournament beginning today at Castlegar’s Selkirk College.The Cats, ranked 10th in the provinces, are slotted into Pool A with Lucerne of New Denver, Salmo Falcons, Sparwood and top-seeded Selkirk.The Storm holds down the seventh-place ranking in the A Girl’s provincial poll.Boundary Central of Midway, Kaslo’s J.V. Humphries, Nakusp, Elkford and Fernie make up Pool B.Teams play a round-robin format Sunday before shifting to the playoff round Saturday. The final is set for 2 p.m.The winner advances to the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships December 1-4 in Abbotsford.
The Mount Sentinel Wildcats have an easier trip to the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Volleyball Championships in Kelowna. The Cats have no one to play to advance to the 16-team tournament. While the girl’s have one berth for the Kootenay Zone, the boy’s earn two berths to the championships November 30 to December 4 at UBC/O in Kelowna.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

The Stronach Group Recruits Tamir Shanel As Part Of Industry Leading Effort To Revitalize The Sport Of Thoroughbred Horse Racing

first_imgTORONTO, ONTARIO – August 23, 2016: The Stronach Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Tamir Shanel as Executive Vice President, Food and Beverage. The recruitment of Mr. Shanel is part of The Stronach Group’s ongoing commitment to develop world-class customer experiences across its properties as it leads the industry to modernize and reignite the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing.Mr. Shanel’s experience in premier international hospitality operations spans three decades across Asia, Europe, The United States and Canada. He is a distinguished executive with superior understanding of the detail, intensity and commitment required to deliver top tier integrated food and beverage operations. For the past seven years Mr. Shanel served as the Vice President, Food & Beverage of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.“I believe there is a significant scope of opportunity and potential to elevate our brands to exceed the expectations of our existing and new customers.” offered Mr. Shanel who added, “I am honored to be joining The Stronach Group today.”“The Stronach Group is leading the industry in making critical investments to rebuild our tracks as unique entertainment destinations that deliver unforgettable experiences,” said Belinda Stronach, President & Chairman. “We are thrilled that Mr. Shanel will be bringing his diamond standard service to the benefit of our customers.”At the intersection of sport and entertainment, The Stronach Group is mobilizing the next generation of fans while providing a deeper experience to existing fans through social media, mobile applications, and by offering exciting new events and top tier service.About The Stronach GroupThe Stronach Group (TSG) is one of the world’s leading horse racetrack operators and suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering technology. Within our portfolio of racing and gaming businesses, we hold  some of the greatest brands in the industry. The Stronach Group owns and operates Santa Anita Park, “The Great Race Place”; Pimlico Race Course, home of the legendary Preakness Stakes®; Gulfstream Park, one of Florida’s newest entertainment destination centers featuring a casino and outdoor retail village; Laurel Park; Golden Gate Fields; and Portland Meadows. www.stronachgroup.comMedia Contact: Tiffani Steer, Director, Special Projects, The Stronach Group Tiffani.steer@stronachgroup.comlast_img read more

High performance, recovery centres key for netball’s Daley-Morris

first_imgFor new netball president Paula Daley-Morris, a high-performance centre (HPC) to enhance and improve netballers and sportsmen and women in general and a National Recovery Centre (NRC) to help heal injuries and aid in recovery would be an ideal investment in the nation’s sportsmen and women when the new government takes office.Daley-Morris said that with the ever-increasing importance of sports and our sportsmen to the nation, having an HPC and an NRC would show the new administration that it is serious about assisting the nation’s sports representatives.”We would want a high performance centre, and we want a high-performance programme to be put in place for netball. We would really like the mechanics and different types of testing services, and when there are injuries, we need a national recovery centre with different hot and cold baths to help with recovery processes, improving the fine things around the game. We need somewhere to facilitate all that, so that would be at the top of my list,” she reasoned.However, Daley-Morris would prefer if Netball Jamaica provided the funding to implement programmes and the Government laid the infrastructure to take the sport forward.”I don’t view the Government as being responsible for those improvements. I think it is down to my organisation. What we would need is greater financial support for the changes because we have good plans on the table.”If our plans to spread the game across the island and have competitions in all parishes materialise, we need to have government support in terms of upgrading facilities in communities where we want to play games. We need bathroom facilities and changing accommodations in those areas,” she continued.But she commended the sports ministry and both parties for maintaining continuity even after a change of government.”I must commend the Government. I am not singling out any party because over the last 10 years, the Government has done a lot to improve sports in Jamaica. I really couldn’t say otherwise. First we had Portia Simpson as minister, then ‘Babsy’ (Olivia) Grange, and now, Natalie Neita Headley, and the three have run a good baton race. The passing of the baton has been great, and they continue to make steps,” she said ahead of Thursday’s general election.”Normally, we are used to a new government coming in and dismantling everything, but we saw a lot of continuity in sports, so we have to be grateful. But I think the reason that happens is because of the setting up of the Sports Development Foundation, which is an independent body that continues to grow sports,” she said.last_img read more

Still groping for form, Romeo has ‘acceptable’ debut for TNT

first_img“I’m still really not in shape and that’s been my problem even during our tuneup games,” Romeo admitted in Filipino after the KaTropa’s 128-114 win over the GlobalPort Batang Pier. “I still pace myself because I tire easily unlike before where I play with such intensity and energy from start to finish.”Romeo finished with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the field, three assists and five turnovers in 27 minutes against his former team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 26-year-old guard had a poor start, scoring only five points in the first three quarters and sloppy finish, committing three straight turnovers late in the game before he was subbed out with still 2:53 to go.KaTropa coach Nash Racela, however, felt Romeo was able to perform and deliver what was expected from him considering he just came back from injury. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “It’s acceptable. Again, this is just Terrence’s [third] game coming from semi retirement he was out for a whole conference so obviously, if you really look at it, he’s still not yet in good playing shape, his timing is still off,” Racela said.”He did what we expected him to do.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dyip pulls awaycenter_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident PBA IMAGESTerrence Romeo is still trying to regain his olf form after a knee injury kept him out for nearly the entire Philippine Cup.And Romeo’s lack of basketball activity after playing in just his third game this season showed in his much-awaited TNT debut in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

F2 Logistics sweeps Foton

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Cha Cruz of F2 Logistics. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO (FILE)With clutch plays from its veteran locals, F2 Logistics outgunned Foton, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21, Thursday night to return to the finals of the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Center.Aby Maraño, Cha Cruz-Behag and Kim Fajardo provided the hustle for the Cargo Movers, who swept the best-of-three semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Soriano sees beach volley world tour hosting as start of something bigger Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast F2 Logistics will take on the winner of Petron-Cocolife whose Game 2 of their own semis was still being played at press time.Still recovering from a hurting wrist, Maraño delivered eight points for the Cargo Movers while team captain Behag also chipped in the same output.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFajardo tossed 28 excellent sets, setting up imports Maria Jose Perez and Kennedy Bryan, who had 21 and 10 points, respectively. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

UN Women, Gender Ministry Launch New SGBV Program

first_imgThe United Nations Women in partnership with the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) and other United Nations entities in Liberia have launched a joint program on Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Liberia.Officially launching the program yesterday at the Ministry of Gender, UN Women Executive Director Dr. Phimole Nlambo-Ngcuka disclosed that half a billion women in the world live with all forms of violence, adding that the issues of SGBV is on the increase and need immediate action to protect the lives of women and children in the country.Dr. Nlambo-Ngcuka stated that women are experiencing more violence, describing it as a pandemic which creates health crises. She was also critical of the dangerous situation for women who are killed due to violence from their partners.Sex for grades in Liberian schools is on the rampage and students are no longer focusing on getting a better education, she commented.The UN Executive called on traditional leaders to join the fight against SGBV as the new program is meant to end SGBV in the country. “Traditional practices should not be used to exploit women and girls therefore we must put aside some cultural practices to help end SGBV in Liberia,” she told them.In her remarks, the Minister of Gender, Julia Duncan Cassell, said that a law has been enacted which criminalizes rape as a non-bailable offense and to strengthen the Criminal Justice System, Criminal court “E” was established to handle SGBV cases.Madam Duncan-Cassell said her Ministry has set up a SGBV- Sex Crimes Protection Unit at the Ministry of Justice to fast track the prosecution of SGBV cases. She said the Ministry has also expanded the women and children protection sections of the Liberian National Police across the country.At the community level across the country, the Gender Ministry has increased awareness campaigns in schools, including traditional and religious institutions.Swedish Ambassador Lena Nordstrom also stated her readiness to support the new program to make sure that SGBV is eradicated in the world. She said the Government of Sweden and she as a woman will always support initiatives to end SGBV.In his statement on behalf of the Government of Liberia, Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh said Liberians should always take prevention seriously and should not wait until something happens first.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana recommits to Good Officer’s process

first_imgBorder controversy with Venezuela– agrees to another meetingFollowing an over-the-weekend meeting between officials representing Guyana and those representing Venezuela in examining the border controversy between the two neighbouring nations, a mutual position has emerged that, in the near future, another meeting between the sides would be convened as part of ongoing talks to resolve the border controversy between the two neighbouring South American states.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge met with his Venezuelan counterpart on October 28 and 29 to discuss the controversy. Their meeting was held at the United Nations (UN) Head Office in New York. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that Mr Dag Nylander, Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, had facilitated those discussions, organised within the framework of the Good Officer’s mandate entrusted to the Secretary-General under the Geneva Agreement of 1966.The Foreign Ministers and their delegations exchanged views on issues related to the controversy with the aim of exploring options for a full agreement for its solution, the release noted.“They also reaffirmed their commitment to the Good Offices process, and reiterated that their Governments will remain actively engaged with the Personal Representative. The parties (have) agreed to meet again, to continue discussions within this framework and to explore options for the resolution of the border controversy,” the missive from the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.Relations between Guyana and Venezuela have worsened ever since oil giant ExxonMobil announced in 2015 that it had found oil in Guyana. Venezuela has staunchly been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits were found by ExxonMobil. In fact, the Venezuelan National Assembly had, in March 2017, approved an agreement to reject the oil exploration activities.Venezuela, with almost 40 times the population of Guyana and a territory that is several times bigger, claimed, in 1968, the entire territorial sea of Guyana by means of the Leoni Decree, which has never been withdrawn.In 2015, the Government of Guyana had requested then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take steps aimed at resolving this controversy. In 2016, as a consequence of a stalemate on the matter, the outgoing Ban Ki-moon agreed with his successor, António Guterres, to continue using the Good Offices Process until the end of 2017 as a means of arriving at a settlement.It is with this intention that Guterres appointed Nylander as an envoy to resolve the border spat. The mandate of the Personal Representative is that, “If, by the end of 2017, the Secretary-General concludes that no significant progress has been made toward arriving at a full agreement for the solution of the controversy, he will choose the International Court of Justice as the next means of settlement, unless the Governments of Guyana and Venezuela jointly request that he refrain from doing so.”Meanwhile, Venezuela, once an economic powerhouse in the region because of its oil revenues, has been dealing with issues such as a spiralling economy and civil unrest. And despite the border spat, there have been several instances when Guyana has either been called on to render Venezuela assistance, or has offered such assistance.Back in May of this year, Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana, Her Excellency Reina Diaz, had called on Guyana to support her government’s efforts to end the unrest ongoing in Venezuela. While there have been varying reports, most have put the death toll from those unrests at over 100.Ambassador Reina Diaz noted that at the international level, Guyana can support the actions taken by the Venezuelan Government to resolve the situation in that country; and in this regard, Venezuela has already seen support from the region, including from CARICOM governments and CILAC.However, Guyana’s assistance did not stop there, as Government announced in September that it would be providing medical assistance to Venezuelan nationals following an outbreak of measles in that Spanish-speaking country.last_img read more

Airport projected to continue with increased traffic numbers through 2015

first_imgWith an eight month post of 168,000, the North Peace Regional Airport is this year running ahead of last year’s pace when it comes to passengers welcomed at the terminal.At the end of August last year, the total was 159,000, so the 9,000 difference, represents a 2015 increase of 5.6 per cent.This would seem to indicate the airport is on track to continue its steady growth trend of recent years, with eight month totals for 2013 and 2012 recorded as 109,000 and 93,000 respectively.- Advertisement -The full 12 month 2014 total was 252,729 passengers, so it remains to be seen if that will be exceeded this year.However Managing Director Mike Whalley says, from an airport operational perspective the Northeast Region economic environment appears to be less gloomy than some reports in recent months have suggested.He also indicated there could be more about that, and also about the development of on-site fire protection, with the release next Tuesday morning, of a recently completed economic impact study.Advertisement Vantage Airport Group assumed management and responsibility for the operation of the local airport under a long-term lease agreement with the North Peace Airport Society in 1997.It now cites on its website, transformation of the facility into a modern and efficient operation, after providing full project management services for the new 30,000 square foot terminal, the substantial apron and taxiway rehabilitation project, and the lighting system upgrade in 2005.The Fort St. John airport is one of nine in the current three continent Vantage Group network, including three more in Canada at Kamloops, Hamilton, and Moncton, two in Cyprus, and the others in Nassau, in the Bahamas, Montego Bay, in Jamaica, and Santiago in Chile.last_img read more

ARE YOU A MAVERICK? HERE’S THE TOP FIVE HAIRCUTS THIS SUMMER…………

first_imgTHIS WEEK MAVERICK’S are bringing to you the TOP FIVE haircuts in style this summer!Guys are always looking for the coolest and trendiest new hairstyle. In anticipation of the summer ahead and the many hair trends it will bring we hope to get you started on the right path to looking your best. Whether you’re keeping professional for work, finishing college, going travelling or just hanging about, these top 5 hairstyles will look great no matter the occasion.We at Mavericks take particular pride in keeping up to date with the trends and attending workshops to ensure we apply the best techniques to achieve the best results in all haircuts, be it modern or old school.The Skin Fade: A classic men’s favourite right now. The fade will never go out of style, like a plain white T. It’s all about the transition from hair to “skin”, the style on top is up to you. Just make sure your barber knows what he is doing before you ask for this one! The undercut: It is still one of our favourite hairstyles just because it looks so great when done right! Definitely go with this hairstyle if you feel like you can pull it off. You can have the disconnect at the sides as subtle or as sharp as you like. It looks good whatever you choose!The modern pompadour: It is a great style for guys looking for that sleek and suave look that will have everyone admiring! It is a very sharp hair cut that will look good and once you’ve found the right product it is easy to maintain. We recommend using Layrite Original Pomade for this one.The short crop cut: It is an awesome hairstyle for guys looking for an easy to maintain haircut. Short sides with 1-1.5 inches of hair on top to achieve this style. We highly recommend this hairstyle for guys with a square face shape.The Fauxhawk: It was the more modern and fashionable version of the mohawk. It was rocked by celebrities and athletes alike, but it went out of style after a few years. But now, we’re starting to see the fauxhawk (fohawk) make a resurgence, which is great because it’s an awesome hairstyle that is easy to maintain!If you like what you see, then there is only one place in town that you need to visit! Fortunately for all the gentlemen who come through the door at Mavericks they don’t just leave with a cracking haircut, they get 5 star service and a great experience.No appointments necessary… Just bring your hair!Join our page https://www.facebook.com/Maverick-Traditional-Barbershop-1544230652533677/?fref=ts or call into us at Larkins Lane, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny. ARE YOU A MAVERICK? HERE’S THE TOP FIVE HAIRCUTS THIS SUMMER………… was last modified: April 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BarbershopBusinesscolumnFeaturesHaircutsMAVERICKSnewsTop 5last_img read more

Wrestler finds life outside ring

first_img Both of his sons are promising football players at Santa Clarita Christian High. Borden never misses a game and even hosts the team for practices at his second home in Agua Dulce. “Steve is a great dad who’s been so helpful to our program. He’s very supportive,” Santa Clarita Christian coach Garrick Moss said. Borden also has hired private football coaches Ted Iacenda and Dean Herrington to work with his sons on weekends so they can have every advantage in pursuing the sport they love. As a young wrestler, Borden wasn’t so fortunate. When he started in his twenties, Borden wrestled for $50 per match, sacrificing everything for a profession that traditionally has eaten its young. “I was basically living out of my car, and working seven nights a week,” he said. In those days, Borden did have an advantage over most wrestlers because as a slam-dunk basketball player he was a natural athlete, and at 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds he was bigger and more acrobatic than most newcomers. “I first got into wrestling because I wasn’t doing much and was bored, working as a bartender and bouncer, and looking for something to do,” he said. “But once I got into it, I did move up fast because I had a strong work ethic and came up with the right look and the right moves in the ring.” Borden culled his image as Sting by wearing face paint, bleaching his hair and, he now admits, ingesting steroids to help add about 60 pounds of muscle since his Hart days. His big break came when a fellow wrestler was injured and Borden was called upon as a late replacement against legendary Ric Flair. “I was just starting to gain popularity. Ric was a bad guy, and we just had this chemistry together in the ring,” Borden said. “Ric is the one who really made me. We wrestled each other for four years all over the country.” As the No. 1 good guy in the WCW, Borden had quite a ride, winning and re-winning championships, selling out arenas and headlining pay-per-view cards. But Borden’s dark secrets outweighed the glory, and at one point he was a complete mess because of his gripping addiction to painkillers. “I severed a tendon in my knee. I detached a pectoral muscle. I broke ribs and ankles and separated my shoulders. I was just in so much pain I couldn’t sleep,” he said. “That’s what happens from years on the road and two knee operations and two elbow operations. I started taking a lot of painkillers and muscle relaxers – plus alcohol – and that’s what started it all.” Searching for answers, Borden found God, and in 1998 became a born-again Christian and eventually left wrestling – along with his addiction and the dark pursuits that went with it, he said. “Some people believe in a 12-step program, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I did a one-step program to Jesus Christ, and I stopped cold turkey,” he said. After leaving the WCW, Vince McMahon of the World Wrestling Federation called Borden with promises to make the Sting character bigger than ever, but Borden didn’t budge. His mission was to serve God and not to fly off the top rope, and Borden resisted the temptation to revive his wrestling career. “It wasn’t easy. I’d see my friends wrestling on TV and think to myself, `Wow, I could fit in right there so easily,”‘ Borden said. Instead, Borden dedicated his energy to motivational speaking and to Church On The Rock in Canyon Country, where he serves as an elder. His brother, Jeff, is a pastor there. Just recently, Borden decided it was time for Sting to make a comeback – albeit in moderation. He’s joined a fledgling wrestling organization, TNA, which is based in Orlando and requires just a few days’ work per month. “TNA is a lot cleaner than the other popular wrestling companies, and that’s something that’s important to me because the others are pushing the envelope too far with sexual storylines and things like that,” he said. “We’re going prime time on the Spike TV network in April, so we’ll see what happens. We’ll see how much I have left in me.” Borden continues to work out five days a week. He’s still got a great body. The difference these days is he’s got a mind and soul to match. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Let’s just say my wife Sue has stuck with me for 19 years through thick and thin, because there was so many times where we almost lost everything,” he said. “When she was finally ready to leave, I just couldn’t believe what was happening to me. You can’t be married and be a father and be apart from your family for so long. I sure don’t recommend it, but I got caught up in the whole deal and made all the wrong choices.” It has taken until now for Borden to finally have peace. After leaving wrestling at the height of his popularity in 2001 – shortly after setting a USA record for pay-per-view buys with a much-anticipated title match against Hogan – Borden is a born-again Christian. These days, he travels the world as a motivational speaker, sharing his life experiences and spiritual guidance. It’s a life Borden has always dreamed about – after living the life so many others dreamed about. “If I had to do everything over again, I’d probably do a lot of things differently because of the bad choices I made. But then again, I’ve learned what I’ve learned, and today I refuse to make certain compromises in my life,” he said. “I mean, there was a time where everyone knew who I was, and I had so much influence over so many people that I was on a power trip. My life has changed. Now I put my family first. I’m a husband and a father, which is the way things are supposed to be.” Borden lives in a sprawling ranch home off Sand Canyon with his wife, sons Garrett, 15, and Steven, 14, and daughter Gracie, 6, plus his golden retriever Levi. CANYON COUNTRY – One of the world’s most popular and successful professional wrestlers during wrestling’s heyday, Sting had it all – millions of dollars, a WCW world championship belt, and a stream of hangers-on willing to grant his every whim. Yet the man behind the mask, former Hart High basketball standout Steve Borden, now 46, has mostly painful memories from a sport that supposedly pulls its punches. When he wasn’t grappling with the likes of Hulk Hogan or Andre the Giant, Borden battled ongoing burnout from being on the road 340 nights per year, along with serious injuries, severe loneliness and depression, drug and alcohol addiction, and finally the near-breakup of his marriage. “The best part was being in the middle of the ring because the roar of a crowd in a packed stadium is pretty awesome. But once I had that power, I made all the wrong choices,” said Borden, a six-time World Championship Wrestling world champion who for several consecutive years was named Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Most Popular Wrestler. last_img