Maintaining and seeing old faces…

Hey guys,

Firstly, I want to thank everyone for their support in the launching of my website (www.iqahwash20.com/). I am glad to see people liked it here in Canada, U.S and around the world. I am very appreciative and grateful for how it turned out, so thanks again!

This week has been all training at the gym and spending some time with family because it will be a long time before I see them again. As much as I want to spend all my time preparing for a busy summer of basketball and travelling, I have realized it is important to soak up some family time up as well. Recently, I have just been training at the gym nearby getting up alot of shots and lifting. I have really concentrated on my core and keeping my % body fat down, which will play a big role this summer, regarding performance. I have also been stretching to prevent any injuries in the future. I started to train with my old track coach in highschool, Coach Galasso, who has great workouts to maintain leg strength and working on imbalances in muscle movement. It has been great to work with him and I feel like cross training is important in any sport you do.

Also, I have seen a lot of friends and old coaches that have followed me and supported me all throughout college, that in itself means a lot to me and really motivates me. I recently attended my alma mater’s athletic banquet, Grand River Collegiate Highschool. I have great memories at Grand River Collegiate and attending their athletic banquet was great! I attended the athletic banquet because my little brother, who is a senior there, received Senior Athlete of the Year and basketball MVP, which I was very proud of. It brought back great memories and I enjoyed seeing old faculty I haven’t spoken with in 5 years! It seems like everyone I talk to around my city I haven’t seen in 4 or 5 years. I think it’s because all the travelling in the summers and playing basketball all year round. I don’t really have time to come home much. I think one has to make sacrifices to do great things, it is not easy, but I think it will pay off in the long run.

Coach Medensky (Left) and Coach Galasso (Right) taking a picture with me at the Grand River athletic banquet. Good coming back as a former Renegade!

I am writing this at the start of the week and just ran 8 km! I like running in the evenings when it is really cool outside. So I am kinda drained but I want to implement a long run like that at least twice a week. Usually for me, sprints at different intervals are more beneficial in my sport.  This week is an exciting week for me, I received a phone call from a reporter at Localiez Magazine (http://www.localiez.com/), which is a high-end magazine in located in Toronto and covers the surrounding regions as well. I am pretty excited about it, it is for the July/August issue. I have this shoot and interview in downtown Toronto in the middle of the week. So wish me luck guys, I am looking forward to it. I have been in contact with the Jordan National team program and it looks like I will be leaving very soon for that. I have played for them the last 3 summers. We have a chance to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. I look forward to joining them and having this great opportunity, which I am very thankful for. I will be posting my summer schedule in the upcoming blogs. Anyways I am really happy about how things are going and I want to thank everyone again for their support especially my family. Again, I hope everyone has a great week!  “Always strive to be the best!” 

Yours in basketball,

-Imad Qahwash

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