St Johnston Cricket club put their bats down to put their hearts to the test last weekend. The cricketers were the most recent Irish club randomly selected as winners to undergo vital and potentially life-saving heart screenings as part of ‘The Big Screen’ initiative by laya healthcare. Over the weekend, forty-five members attended the screening that was held at their clubhouse.The cardiac screening that each of the players received can help detect underlying conditions that may lead to or cause Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS), heart attacks and other cardiac-related conditions.Founded in 1898, St Johnston Cricket Club has played competitive league cricket with the North West of Ireland Cricket Union since 1922.The club caters for a wide range of age groups and levels with an underage boy’s teams, a ladies team and adult men’s teams. At the moment the club is thriving with a strong youth element. Over the years they have had players from the club representing the North West region, Ulster and even Ireland. During the club’s golden era in the 1980s Paul Wallace played for the Irish men’s team and this year the club was extremely proud to have Ryan Macbeth represent them on the Irish under 15 team in their tournament in England.Players can really benefit from the reassurance of having cardiac screening, this reassurance is being offered by laya healthcare’s ‘Big Screen’ campaign, Ireland’s biggest-ever free mobile cardiac screening initiative, which is open to all sports and social clubs in Ireland.Gail Macbeth, St Johnston Cricket Club, said: “We were delighted when we heard we were one of the lucky winners of the laya healthcare ‘Big Screen’ initiative. We would encourage all clubs across the country to enter as preventing SADS is so important, and strikes the sporting world too often. Thanks laya healthcare for ensuring we have healthy hearts. ”Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of laya healthcare said “Approximately 100 young people under 35 years die in Ireland from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) each year. That’s 100 people too many in our view. It can strike without warning and affect super-fit athletes as well as ordinary young people.At laya healthcare we are investing close to €1 million to help increase public awareness of SADS and make a difference by providing free screenings to our 475,000 members. Sports and social clubs across Ireland, no matter how big or small, can nominate themselves for screenings until the campaign ends in November. The good news is that most of the conditions that cause SADS can be treated so if we save even one life with our ‘Big Screen’ campaign, then it will all have been worth it.”Cardiac screening involves an ECG carried out by a medical doctor, along with a thorough clinical examination. The results of the test are reviewed and reported by a consultant Cardiologist. The laya healthcare ‘Big Screen’ campaign is open to all types of sports and social clubs, no matter how big or small, or what level of skill or fitness is involved. Whether you are a rugby club, swimming group, dance troop, hill walking society, karate club, GAA club or more, laya healthcare is calling on you today to get involved!To nominate your club for free heart screenings please visit www.facebook.com/LayaHealthcare, click ‘like’ to find out more and nominate your club. For more information visit www.layahealthcare.ie/bigscreencompDONEGAL CRICKET CLUB SHOWS WHY IT HAS A HEART! was last modified: October 9th, 2013 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:heart screeningST JOhnston Cricket Club
Portugal goalkeeper Anthony Lopes says there is a lot more to their side than “best player in the world” Cristiano Ronaldo. (Full EURO 2016 Coverage)Lopes, who plays for Olympique Lyonnais, is glad to be able to count on Ronaldo as a team mate, but says any talk of Portugal being a one-man outfit is misplaced.”We have the best player in the world and in France there is a lot of talk of Ronaldo, but we are 23 players and all of us have quality,” he said on the Portugal soccer federation’s website.”The national team is not just one player.”Ronaldo will captain Portugal at Euro 2016 where they kick off their campaign with a Group F clash against Iceland on Tuesday.The Real Madrid forward goes into the tournament having scored 58 goals in 126 appearances for his country.He scored twice while playing 46 minutes in a 7-0 romp over Estonia on Wednesday, Portugal’s final warm-up game before their Euro 2016 opener in St Etienne.”The game against Estonia was fantastic and everything went well,” Lopes said.”But we expect a different game against Iceland. They have players that are very strong and athletic. It’s not going to be easy to play against them…”We want to give our all to win the tournament and go into every match knowing that we represent a big nation.”Lopes feels right at home in France, where he was born and has played his whole career.After competing for Portugal at Under-19 and Under-21 levels, he made his senior debut in March 2015 and is likely to be back-up in France to Sporting Lisbon keeper Rui Patricio.advertisement”I’m delighted to be here in France representing Portugal and playing at a European Championship,” he said.”The coach will decide who will start. I just have to help the team and Rui as much as possible.”It’s not a problem for me to be Rui’s understudy.”Portugal also take on Austria on June 18 in Paris and end the group stage four days later against Hungary in Lyon.