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Page 12 Ii, I" ra - July 18, 2012 SPORTS i i i i "T&apos;I Olympic trials participation dream comes true for u erapist By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Justin Meier once dreamed of competing in the track and field Olympic Trials and a few weeks ago that became a reality for him - at least to an extent. Meier, who long jumped in college at Eastern Washington Uni- versity, was selected, along with colleague and Sweet Home resident Mark Amendola, to work at this year's Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene. "It was a real treat to be there," he said. "There is nothing like it. As much as I love track, it was great to see'a whole community who loves track and it was neat to be part of it in different sense." Meier who grew up in Colville, Wash., has worked at Sweet Home Family Medicine since 2008 after finishing his doctorate in physical therapy. He and Amendola have both spent extensive time treating Sweet Home High School athletes who have had injuries over the past sev- eral years under a program institut- ed by Samaritan Health. Amendola has since been appointed to oversee ECONOMY OROGS simpiy heips ease discomiort cd it may take several dqys at mole fo ihe skin io heai. Once a sunbJr..,-... "}tours, it may !aRe 12 tc) 24 h'.'.Lrs io know lhe fuii exteni of ff'e damage, Tile first step when a suDburD OCCLV$ iS to ke[i) the area co@ and rnoM. A cool showe[ or bdh and cool compresses ileip cooi the bbrn area. Over tle counter aioe or moistbrizJng creams ( preferabiy fragrance free to iessen ?riiation } gentiy app}ied help keep ihe crea moist. If blisters ae peseni, breakin-'_.tl them w]il slow the healing process and ir'cre<]se chance for infection, sa leave fi-ern ird,o(::t. 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Samaritan's local physical therapy programs, so he will no longer be based in Sweet Home. Meier said it was his own expe- rience at Hayward Field, where he competed in college, that convinced him to move to the area, because he liked the support for track and field that he saw in the community - par- ticularly in Eugene. Amendola, who had volun- teered at two Olympics, convinced Meier to apply to be a volunteer trainer at the Trials. "He kind of led me towards how to apply," Meier said. They had to submit resumes and undergo a background check before getting an e-mail notifying them that they had been selected. Meier said he actually started at the hammer throw, which was held at the Nike cam- pus in Beaverton before the main Trials began. "I was in the Tiger Woods building and they let us watch a live feed of the event on a pro- Justin Meier jection screen they dropped down in the confer- ence room we were in," he said. He said he got to work on two eventual national champions - shot putter Reese Hoffa and 400 hurdler Michael Tinsley. He said he knew who Hoffa was when he came in, but he was "pleasantly surprised" at how nice he was. "He was super humble, a super nice guy," Meier said. "I didn't ex- pect that. I expected most of them not to be as humble. They were nice to us." He said Tinsley came in and told Meier that he was ranked third in the nation and he'd have to run under 47 seconds to make the team. "It was neat to look up and see that he had won," Meier said. "I worked on a bunch of other athletes, but none who placed that high." He actually ended up working more than he expected to because Amendola was called away to a family emergency and Meier fiUed in for him. "I was there pretty much ev- ery day," he said. "I dreamed about competing in the Trials, but once I realized that was not a possibility, I got to do it in a different way." Foster Lake competition proves good time for visiting water pole, cJ.0000bs By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Cory Martin has played water polo for years, but he's never quite experienced the kind of games he played last week in Foster Lake. Martin's Willamette Valley Water Polo team was matched up with a Bend squad as a gentle wind created ripples on the water's sur- face and a little swell rolled through from a boat passing by midway across the lake. The club was one of 18 teams, from Oregon, Washington and as far away as Visalia, Calif. that spent three days camping at Lewis Creek Park and playing water polo in the Nike Open Water Tournament, held July 9-11 on two courts con- structed between the boat ramps at the park. "It's a new environment," said Martin, 18, of Sweet Home, who has spent most of his career in the sport in a pool - though the Sweet Home team did practice in Foster Lake for a few days when he was a freshman, as the pool was under- going maintenance. "You have to battle the elements as well as battle other people. When the big waves come in, you're up and down." Teammate Travis Cox, who plays for West Albany, said he liked the different feel to the game. "It's an extreme challenge - cold water and big wakes. Playing Iilioto by Scott Swanson A WiUamette Valley club 18 and under player shoots against Bend during the Nike Open Water Tournament last week. outside, it has a different air to it." The 250-plus athletes and their coaches, and some parents, erected a small tent city near the bathrooms at the park, and a couple of vendors set up shop to keep the athletes fed. Organizer Steve Sessa, direc- tor of the Willamette Valley club, which operates out of Albany and Salem, said the tournament was the culmination of a longtime dream. He said the Foster event is re- ally the first of its kind. An out- door tournament is held in Long Beach, Calif., but it does not have full-sized courts, and "occasional games" have been held "here and there." but he said there never ha Photo by Scott Swanson Girls from two Tualatin Hills club teams battle for the ball in Foster Lake during the Nike Open Water Tournament last week. been an outdoor tournament held in a lake like the one at Foster. He gave big credit to Linn County Parks and Recreation Direc- tor Brian Carroll, who engineered the placement of a long floating dock, next to the shorter permanent docks, for officials and teams to stand on next to the courts as games are being played andprovided ac- cess to the park, where overnight camping normally is not allowed. "You couldn't just walk up to the lake and do this," he said. "(Car- roll) just has been amazing. It's not easy to move two entire pools 30 miles and set them up with no walls. "Brian Carroll gave me a game plan to make it happen and I ran with it." He said although the lake felt a little cold to some competitors early in the morning, the water tempera- ture where the games were played was in the low 70s. The uncertainty caused by the water movement at times just adds to the fun, Sessa said. "You move when you don't want to move. It's a whole new set of challenges." Each team played at least six games and players and coaches got to participate in high-level instruc- tion workshops provided by Jack Kocur of Performance Water Polo, See Polo, page 13