Cbus student-athletes

Cbus student athlete profile [Thelma Agyekum]

Thelma Agyekum | Olentangy Orange High School Pioneer | Lewis Center, OH

[Guest post blogger S Palmer]

Sports are often the highlights of our four year high school career. It bonds us with our upperclassmen as our awkward freshman selves try out – attempting to make a name that people will remember. In 2012 Thelma Agyekum was the name that they had happened to remember. Making Varsity Track her freshman year, is just the tip of the iceberg of what Agyekum has achieved! Track MVP, Delaware County Champ, seven broken school records, captain,… It’s overwhelming. But where is the time for this?

I know being in high school and doing homework, and preparing for ‘the rest of our lives’, can get a little bit messy. Though, for many students, extra-curriculars, athletics and fitness are equally important during these times. “Playing sports gives me adrenaline that I need.” said Agyekum. “I love the rush when I race against different people or play on the field with others.” Her love of fitness doesn’t end there – eating lots of julluf rice, kenkya, and fish keep her stomach happy (and sounds really good right now).  She also enjoys working out at Planet Fitness in her free time.

Fortunately, all of Thelma’s hard work and training has already paid off this season.  She is participating in the indoor state track meet this Saturday, March 3rd in Akron!  Another great accomplishment to add to her list!  She is also looking forward to the outdoor season and the chance to attend the outdoor state competition in June.

Sometimes there’s not a lot of reason as to why we do play sports besides the fact that we picked it out when we were six years old.  We asked Thelma why sports? “I chose soccer and track because my dad introduced me to it and, I couldn’t stop playing these sports. I fell in love with them because of my dad.”  Agyekum answered. Parents actually inspire a lot of people to play the sports they do, and also train as hard as they do.  It’s also the natural drive that takes over when the adrenaline kicks in and gets us pumping – and it’s what gets Thelma Agyekum pumping too.

Five FIT facts about Thelma: 

  • Favorite speed workout:  Hill repeats
  • Favorite track event:  100 meter dash
  • Fondest memory about track or soccer:  When she won the Delaware county 100m event
  • Typical workout:  warmup, 300 repeats, 200, 100, core, cool down, stretch
  • Something we should know about you:  She had to overcome an injury (broken femur) during her 7th grade track season; it taught her to persevere and never give up!
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Thelma Agyekum at the OSU meet (center)

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Photo credits to: SconIon

Guest blogger – Cody McCague

Our first guest blogger!  

Cody McCague is a student-athlete at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio.  He is an avid baseball player, has his own website about fitness (a class project) and has been known to say “Nothing beats a good workout!” Cody has been featured in The Columbus Dispatch, THIS WEEK Community Newspapers and hopes to stay involved in sports & fitness during his college years.    

Olentangy Orange’s Cody McCague (20) throws an out at first

 

Cody offered to write a quick article post for today.  Here is what he had to say…

Five Tips ~ Getting “CUT” for Summer:

1) Prepare a weekly diet & meal plan – write each meal down so you can check them off.  Lean proteins (chicken, fish, eggs), vegetables and fruits should make up the bulk of the list.  Vegetables are a must!  Go to the store and get the food and ingredients from your weekly plan.  Prepare and package your meals for the week.

2) Do not let yourself eat past 9pm at night or this will be stored as fat. 😦

3) Exercise!  Try and get out for a jog or something that will keep you moving and burn some calories. Even a walk is better than nothing!  Do this daily, if possible.

4) Find yourself some inspiration to help push through (bathing suit season?).  My motto is, “Work hard now and it will pay off later.” 🙂

5) Remember, one cheat day a week wont hurt you ( just like eating only one healthy meal won’t benefit you).  I’ve been known to sneak some chocolate every now and then.

Good luck!

Olentangy Orange’s Cody McCague returns to home plate and teammates following his home run

Thanks Cody!  

We want to hear from our readers!  

What is your FIT Philosophy for Summer?  What is your FIT motto? What is your favorite cheat meal?  Commenting and sharing is caring!  

Photo credits to:  The Columbus Dispatch, THIS WEEK Community Newspapers