button in toolbar for more information.
Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 6th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 7, 2009 11 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Retired swimming great Geoff Huegill talks about his party lifestyle that saw him gain 50kg. Picture: ANNIKA ENDERBORG Party days are over for beer and pizza-loving Huegill REBECCA WOOLLEY state parliament AFTER retiring from swimming, Olympic medallist Geoff Huegill embraced a life of ''beer and pizza'' and piled on the pounds -- until he was 50kg overweight. But eventually the butterfly swimmer, who quit after the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, de- cided his partying lifestyle was taking its toll and had to go. ''I spent the best part of a few years as a civilian and retired athlete,'' Huegill told the DrinkWise Australia conference, which is aimed at curbing binge drinking. ''Instead of going to the pool at 4am, I was staying up until 4am. ''If there was a festival, I made my way there, especially if there was good food and wine -- I was the first person there and the last to go. ''I was 50kg overweight and was not a good look in my Speedos. My clothes were not fitting, strangely, and I started to feel embarrassed about letting myself go. ''I heard what people were say- ing in the background and was embarrassed about what I had done to myself.'' Huegill, who is also a life and personal development coach, said he started to feel depressed. But then he decided to go ''back to the basics'' with positive thought. ''I thought about what had made me the best when I'd been in the pool,'' the 30-year-old said. ''I had to start to think sensibly.'' Now back in shape, Huegill is in training for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi next year. He said over-indulging in al- cohol was not just an issue for sports people, and binge drinking was becoming ''endemic in society today''. ''There is nothing wrong with having a beer or two beers or a glass of wine after dinner,'' he said. ''It's about your intention and taking control of yourself.'' Kids' brains are being damaged REBECCA WOOLEY state parliament PARENTS who allow their teenage children to have an alcoholic drink with them at the dinner table could be doing more harm than good, an expert has said. Aaron White, from Washington's National In- stitute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, said parents need to delay their children from drinking for as long as possible. Addressing the DrinkWise conference, Dr White said heavy drinking damaged the development of the brain's frontal lobe and could lead to learning and memory problems, a poor attention span and slower reaction times. ''Science is telling us all this drinking our children are doing is damaging their brains,'' he said. ''Alcohol shifts cognitive ability in the wrong direc- tion. ''The message is for parents: if you love your children and want them to have a healthy life, delay the onset of (alcohol) use.'' He said children were be- ing ''manipulated'' by al- cohol companies and se- duced by glitzy advertising designed to make their products look glamorous. Noel Turnbull, a pro- fessor from Melbourne's RMIT University, said Fed- eral Government advertise- ments using scare tactics to warn young people about the dangers of binge drink- ing were not the answer either. He said the largest age group for binge drinkers was 20 to 29-year-olds who consumed alcohol at risky levels. ''In the long term we need to change the culture where Australians think it's okay to get drunk,'' he said. 2029445i iww wk45 WHAT A BUY! WHERE ELSE COULD YOU PURCHASE A... CARTON OF 10 No.11 CHICKENS FOR$35OR2FOR$8 Moree Meats Next to ALDI Supermarket, 1-22 George St, Nth Strathfield Trading Hrs: Mon-Sat - 6am to 6pm Sun - 7am to 4pm phone 9764 3316 fax 9746 5142 Compare our prices. Compare our Quality. You'll SAVE SAVE SAVE CHICKEN WINGETTES & DRUMETTES ONLY $3.99 OR 2KG FOR $6 kg BOBBY VEAL SIDES $3.99 kg OR ½ SIDE PACKS FROM $20 EACH BRAISING OR CASSEROLE STEAK $7.99 kg MINCED FREE IF REQUIRED WHOLE YEARLING T-BONES $12.90 kg SLICED FREE YEARLING BUDGET RUMPS FROM $38 EACH $10.90 kg SLICED FREE LAMB SHORT LOIN OR CHUMP CHOPS 2KG FOR $25 LEAN 100% PURE BEEF MINCED STEAK $4.99 kg VEAL SETS TOPSIDE OR ROUNDS $18.90 kg SAVE $6.00 KG SCHNITZEL CUT FREE Mother's Day Specials
April 29th 2009
May 13th 2009