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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 14 - August 20, 1998 - 81 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Soul and inspiratkm circle the workout stations Physical trainer/educator moves to Rehoboth Beach, shares training with blind executive By Dave Frederick Dave Kergaard, 51, is an inspir- ing individual whose personal and professional accomplishments have been a master blending of mind and body energy into a posi- tive approach to life that rubs off on anyone who gets close to the former Miami of Ohio fullback. Last month Dave and his wife, Barbara, slowed down long enough from their walking and workout programs to retire from their jobs as assistant superinten- dent and personnel director, re- spectively, of the Kent County school district in Maryland. "We were looking to retire in two years so we put the house on the market and it sold in a week," Dave said. "I said to Barbara, 'Let's not wait around, let's just go.' So now we're full time residents of Reho- hoth and we just love it here." Dave was the keynote speaker two years ago for the opening day of school in the Cape Henlopen School District. The former Mr. Maryland body-building champi- on (1976-77) warmed the crowd of educators, who were a reluctant captive audience after a three- month summer vacation, with his positive energy and philosophies, which include, "Walk around a school building and see how many smiles you see on the faces of the kids, and that will tell you how successful the school is; and re- member, we are here to protect the rights of kids working to get an ed- ucation." Dave has begun a second career as a personal trainer, employing the knowledge and experience he has acquired and assimilated since the age of 15 both as an athlete and coach of everything from football and track to girls' basketball and soccer. "There's not a program I don't know about or havn't tried," Dave said. "There are no spot exercises to improve a specific area of the body. The approach to fitness im- provement has to be total body with an emphasis on nutrition. I believe it may be 70 percent nutri- tion." Enter Sandy Greenberg Sandy Greenberg, 57, is a tall and lean business executive who was escorted into the weight room last Monday morning on the arm of Kergaard, the way an usher es- Continued on page 82 Angle Moon photo Dave Kergaard, left, is shown at The Firm with Sandy Greenberg. Blind from glaucoma since he was 19, Greenberg attributes his success to hard work and determination. Laser Lab played current like banjo in 'Deliverance' BOFLEX BOY - "The gym can't guarantee results; that's why you should get a Boflex." I will be glad when the Boflex 13-week-ad- vertising contract runs out with ESPN because that little white boy, body-builder, back-flexer of questionable masculinity is start- ing to get on my nerves. Are there thousands of people so stupid that they think a Boflex in their bed- room is going to turn them into the mackdaddy of the "Iron Cross?" The answer is, of course, yes; and I'm kinda glad because otherwise these morons may actually show up in the gym looking for a Nordic Track. Boflex my butt! Back off, dog, I was kidding! Dave Frederick BOOMER SOONER - Last Monday afternoon when it looked like a tornado was spinning to- ward Roosevelt Inlet I took "Coal Cracker" cousin Timmy O'Rourke to the parking lot of the Lewes Yacht Club to witness human stu- pidity up close and personal. "Yes, boats do go out when a storm is approaching, and when the wind gusts to 50, they come back in a PEOPLE IN SPORTS lot faster." "What's the black thing out there moving real fast past the boats?" Timmy asked. "Is it a shark or a dog?" Man those Pennsylvania people are so stupid. Imagine a dog in the middle of the inlet and heading toward the haystacks like a Boston Whaler on plane. But as "Laser Lab" crossed the submerged jetty beyond pole No. 4, I realized it was in fact a dog, or a lop-eared "Coal Cracker "with an errant global-positioning wristwatch. The lightweight dark dog played the strong current like the banjo in "Deliverance" and af- ter several minutes walked onto the beach as fishermen clapped. "That looks like Boomer," said a woman from the parking lot as the dog shook off all attempts at head pats and jogged toward home. Lat- er "Boomer" was getting into the back of a Lewes police car on Cedar Avenue. The dog had an ID tag with several home and busi- ness phone numbers and an e-mail address. ZIMMER THE SWIMMER - Last Saturday, Aug. 1, the wind began blow- ing east off the ocean and didn't stop for eight days. The heavy surf and "funky bot- tom" pro- duced treach- erous riptides ZIMMER and fast-mov- ing littoral currents. The Rehoboth Beach Patrol had 100 pull-ins and assists and some were dramatic and actually lifesaving. Last Fri- day afternoon, Aug. 7, lifeguard sChris Zimmer and Scott Pierce went in off the Rehoboth stand when they spotted a poor swim- mer in deep trouble. Zimmer ran down the beach, took a 90-degree turn and hitched a riptide ride to the victim. "There are three stages of drowning and he [victim] skipped the first two," Chief Tom Coveleski said. "A panicky swim- mer gets vertical and begins to "climb the ladder," Zimmer said. "When I got there he [a 17-year old Asian boy] was semiconscious and couldn't even hold onto the buoy." Three guards towed the boy through the breakers and carried him out of the surf and onto the beach, where he required medical attention but survived unscathed. The next day, in a rescue that I witnessed from the Boardwalk, three young black children were pulled from the surf and once again Zimmer and Pierce were the first ones to the victims. And then again on Sunday, Aug. 9, two grown men, who were in serious oceanic trouble (glub! glubl) were rescued by Zimmer and Pierce. And what does the 28-year-old Zimmer do in the offseason to re- lax from a summer of lifesaving? "I'm on the ski patrol at Aspen, Colorado," Zimmer said. REGGIE WHITE - "When everybody is saying only good things about you, you had better check yourself out because you ain't doin nothin'." The "Minister of Defense" offers little defense for his anti-homosexual comments made last spring in front of the Wisconsin state Legislature and from the pulpit of his church. "I will continue to immerse myself in controversy and to follow my be- liefs," Reggie said. I guess he won't be needing a gift certificate to the Double L bar leading into Rehoboth. DOESN'T SUCK IN FIVE FLAVORS - Two drivers pulled a big panel truck into the Shoppes at Camelot last week to deliver "Steel Bars" to The Firm, with the Continued on page 82