Former Badger part of doping control at 2010 Olympic Games

Milaina Lagzdins is a Brock alumna playing an important part in the Olympics in Vancouver this month.Milaina Lagzdins in her uniform for the 2010 Olympic GamesLagzdins, 27, is doing drug testing on athletes at the 2010 Winter Games. The Burlington resident graduated in 2008 with a Master of Arts in Applied Health Sciences (Sport Management). She also played on the Brock women’s basketball team in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. In the 2007-08 season, she was assistant coach.Lagzdins took some time during her preparation for the Winter Games earlier this month to describe what she’d be doing in Vancouver. She is there from Feb. 8 to March 2.**What will you be doing at the Olympics?I am volunteering as a doping control officer at the Whistler venues. I will be collecting and processing athletes’ urine samples and then sending them to the lab for testing. Approximately 2,000 tests will be conducted at the 2010 Olympic Games. There are very strict procedures involved in drug testing. To be eligible to volunteer in this role, I had to attend numerous workshops and have over two years of practical experience.How did the opportunity become available to you?I am contracted by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and work as a Doping Control Officer for the domestic anti-doping program. All national-level athletes, university and college athletes plus some competitive amateur league athletes in Canada are subject to drug testing. The Canadian Olympic committee asked the CCES to supply the doping control officers at the Olympics and I was asked by CCES to volunteer for the games.How do you feel about being part of a monumental event in Canada?I believe this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I am very excited to take part in this celebration of athletics. I’m also a strong advocate of ethics in sport and am thrilled that I will have the opportunity to play a role in making sure Olympic competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner.Do you have a favourite winter sport to watch at the Olympics?Last year, I was part of the doping control team at the World Cup of Bobsleigh in Whistler. This sport was amazing to see live and I’m very hopeful that I will be able to watch some runs while I’m in Whistler.Anything else you’d like to add about yourself, your experience or your involvement at the Games? I work at the Royal Canadian Golf Association and part of my job is to organize volunteers for the RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open. I’m looking forward to being in a reverse role and being the volunteer at such a monumental sports event. Hopefully I will be able to bring back some ideas to help make Canada’s professional golf tournaments even better. read more

Charlie Gards parents break down as they are told latest scan is

first_imgA barrister was forced to apologise to the parents of Charlie Gard after breaking the news to them in court that his latest scan read for “very sad reading”. Katie Gollop QC, representing Great Ormond Street Hospital, told the High Court that they had only  just received the results of his latest MRI scan, believed to show how much his muscles have wasted and indicated that it was not positive news.  Connie Yates, Charlie’s mother, began sobbing and told the judge “we haven’t even read it” before running from court. His father Chris Gard shouted “evil” at the lawyer. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Charlie Gard But the case is being re-examined amid claims that there was new evidence about his condition. However, the judge said that the medical opinions of the experts appear not to have changed and the disagreement between them “is largely philosophical about whether speculative or experimental treatment is to be encouraged or discouraged.”He said that he will attempt to reach a judgement on Tuesday as the court heard “every minute” was important for Charlie as if he was to have treatment he needed it now.  Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday Credit:Lauren Hurley/PA He said that medial confidentiality prevented him giving further details but it was “another child with this condition”.Mr Justice Francis pointed out that Charlie had been offered nucleoside bypass therapy in January, but the offer was later withdrawn as Great Ormond Street experts concluded that he had already suffered irreversible brain damage and it would not improve his quality of life. The parents want to take Charlie to America for therapy which has never before been attempted on a human or an animal with his form of mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which is so rare it is only known to have effect a handful of people in the world.  Show more center_img Dr Michio Hirano, the US professor of neurosurgery offering to treat the 11-month-old boy, has now been to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to examine him and maintains that he can help, a hearing at the High Court heard. After studying a new brain scan and examining Charlie, Dr Hirano has not changed his opinion, which is that there is a ten per cent chance nucleoside treatment will have “meaningful success”. Mr Justice Francis ruled in April that it is in Charlie’s best interest for his life support to be switched off in a judgement backed by the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.  Charlie Gard at Great Ormond Street HospitalCredit:PA Mr Armstrong said that they may call a “witness who will say that they have been offered the potential of this treatment in this country in relation to RRM2B by another practitioner.” Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice  Ms Gollop apologised, telling the judge: “Almost all the medical evidence in this case makes for sad reading. I’m very sorry. I didn’t mean to cause distress.”Grant Armstrong, who represents the couple, said Ms Gollop should not have broken news about the scan before Charlie’s parents had read the report.They were in the High Court to prepare for a last-ditch legal battle next week in which the judge will decide if there is a new evidence and whether it affects his ruling that Charlie’s life support should be switched off. During the hearing it was revealed  for the first time that there is another child in Britain with the same condition – and they have offered the experimental treatment in this country. last_img read more