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C6 . WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS PAVEMENT PICASSOS The city Arts Commission spon- sored the 12th annual Chalk Art Festival on July 21. Despite the heat, more than 200 people par- ticipated to create unique chalk art creations along the commu- nity center sidewalks. The art was judged in categories based on age. At left, Darian Talbot, 15, of Issaquah, grinds up his chalk, dampens it with water and then paints it onto his outline for a bouquet of roses. At right, Emily Cluff, 8, of Samlnamish, draws a toucan and other tropical animals as she creates a jungle scene. See video of the Chalk Art Festival at www.issaquahpress, com. PHOTOS BY GREG FARRAR Local athletes find an ADVANTAGE By Sean KY Higuchi, Strength Coach The level of competition in sports continues to grow and many athletes from Issaquah and Sammamish have found an advantage. These local athletes are now being exposed to the highest levels of sports conditioning. Long gone are the beliefs that weight lifting can stunt your growth or squatting will permanently damage your knees. Athletes, parents and coaches now understand that proper training can lead to higher sports performance and more importantly, less injuries. Strength and Conditioning Coaches used to be exclusively used by" Division I Universities and professional teams but are now working with High Schools, Club and Recreational teams, and individual athletes as young as middle school. Exposure to these types of sports training programs has given our local athletes the edge at the state and national levels. A perfect example is local pitcher turned pro Julian Sampson. Julian worked with Coach Sean during his seasons at Skyline High School and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies after his final year. Both Columbia Athletic Clubs on the Sammamish Plateau have these nationally certified strength conditioning coaches who have designed a training program for young athletes called Advantage Coach Nikki (Columbia Fitness) Nikki earned her BS in Exercise Science from University of Southem California. She is a Certified NSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach as well as an ACSM Health and Fitness Specialist. Nikki is a former collegiate ski racer and coach. ..... Coach David (Pine Lake) Coach David is a certified NSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach and has been involved in the fitness industry his whole life. Prior to joining the staff at Pine Lake Club, David spent 6 years in the US Marine Corps. Coach Sesn (Pine Lake) Sean is a certified NSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach and holds a BS degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound. Sean is also the assistant football Coach at Skyline High School. Coach Kenneth (Columbia Fitness) Kenneth received a BS degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology from Washington State University. He is a certified NSCA Strength and Conditioning coach. Sport. These coaches provide athletes with training tailored to their individual sport and skill level. They maximize their time in the gym, apply sports specific drills and in turn produce greater improvements in performance. By using a combination of varied sprint training, strength and core exercises, agility and balance drills athletes reach their potential with the guidance of these coaches who ensure that each workout is safe, structured, and effective. Advantage Sport workouts are done in a small group setting, with athletes of similar sports and skill levels grouped together. The coaches lead the group through workouts that focus on sports specific training. Athletes of all ages are always looking for the advantage they have over their opponent. With sports training programs like Advantage Sport becoming more available, communities of Issaquah and Sammamish will continue to produce healthy and successful athletes. O LUMBIA athletic clubs Op = ue hinds  wa Voters will decide in November whether sensitive lands will receive additional protection, the King County Council decided July 20. Council members voted to put the Open Space Amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot. The proposal would amend the county charter- essentially the King County consti- tution -- and make it more difficult for officials to sell 95 prized county lands, more than 150,000 acres. If voters approve the initial list of protected sites, the list can then only be revised by a supermajority of the County Council. Included on the list are Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, the Cougar Mountain-Squak Mountain corridor and two parcels along Issaquah Creek south of Issaquah city limits. Many of the lands are already protected by a conservation easement. Some of the properties are wetlands that could not be developed even if they were sold. See the list of protected lands at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/char- ter/issues/openspace, aspx. E-mail the EDITOR KAIEII MERRILL Lettmr e.ims edeb, k editor@sspress,c'om WARREN KAGAmSE m & cm sowmmt wkagaf(isspress,com BOB TAYLOR Sperts and noa=llon # spor ts(@isspress.com MEG FARRAR " : Mmtqmr gfarra#..isspress,com i!AIl1 U s r..tB. clusebrink@sspress.com DAVID HAYES Health, home&garden dhayesisspress,com rilE ISSAQUAH PRESS www, issaquahpress.com