She has trained with No Limit Performance for the past five years, working on her strength and conditioning as well as on the motivation that’s needed to thrive in an individual rather than a team sport.
Mihai Raducanu of No Limit Performance in Niagara-on-the-Lake said the mindset of track and field athletes has to be different than those playing team sports.
“You train with the team, but you compete on your own,” said Raducanu, who praised Brenzil as “self-driven and goal-oriented.”
“She would come into the gym an hour before practice doing her homework.”
A desire to succeed was also evident away from sports when Brenzil went out to perform in a theatre arts production at school to overcome a fear of public speaking.
Peek’s rise to become a scholarship basketball player wasn’t without a few speed bumps along the way. She almost quit the sport in Grade 8, but her passion was reignited after hooking up with Mihai Raducanu of No Limit Performance.
“She came to me in Grade 9, and she was a scared little kid,” Raducanu said. “She thought she would only need two workouts with me to fix a couple of things and that wasn’t the case. She hated it, but then she came for four or five workouts and she started loving it.”
Peek remembers those initial workouts.
“I came here and I was terrified of Mihai for the first two months of training,” she said. “I hated coming because he worked me so hard and he was the first coach who actually made me feel sick at workouts.”
Things slowly got better and now she trains five times a week at No Limit.
The Rangers also brought in Mihai Raducanu of No Limit Performance to train the girls throughout the year.
“Mihai has been a huge part of our success from the beginning, teaching our girls all of the current concepts required to compete at this level,” Caughill said. “He has helped them to understand how to play on and away from the ball, he has helped with every aspect of their game and as coaches we have learned an enormous amount from him.”
Mihai Raducanu still remembers the first time Megan MacLeod walked into his No Limit Performance training facility.
The Niagara Falls native was going into Grade 10 at Saint Paul High School in Niagara Falls was a mere shadow of the player who was recently named the Harold Biggar Memorial Award winner for the second straight year. The Biggar award is presented to the top girls basketball player in Niagara Falls.
“She looked awkward and she told me that nobody had ever allowed her to dribble the basketball,” Raducanu said. “People told her to just stand under the basket and put the ball in the hoop.”
What stood out immediately to Raducanu was the six footer’s size and athletic ability that allowed her to get up and down the floor better than some guards.
Raducanu lead trainer for North Pole Hoops Circuit
Skill Development. Character Development. National Exposure.
The 2016 NPH Showcase circuit will kick off in Halifax, Nova Scotia March 25-27!
North Pole Hoops has recently announced that Mihai Raducanu of No Limit Performance is the 2016 NPH Showcase Lead Camp Instructor. Mihai will spearhead skill development for Canadian basketball prospects across the country.
“I look forward to being the lead instructor for the 2016 NPH Showcase. I will teach the importance of character development on and off the court,” says Raducanu.
“We will help develop the skills of campers, through consistent hard work and repetition.”
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Make friendship a fine art.
Build shelter against a rainy day.
Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day."
- John Wooden (His Creed)
"Usually I don't care what others do as long as they truthfully say what they do. But insecure people decorate their achievements, "interpreting" the truth to drag it within reach, which devalues the accomplishments of those who respected the truth. As a society we don't test because we don't want to know. We put the ball on a tee to be certain of a hit. Participation earns a trophy. Podiums have five steps. There is no penalty for losing. This, when virtually every coach and player and thinker agree that losing teaches the lessons; while winning results from having learned (and applied) those lessons. Without tests or boundaries how is one supposed to grow? When everyone is a winner who is left to learn the lessons? Conscious rejection of objective measuring sticks and periodic tests suggests the decline and fall of mankind. Today we're a species of pretenders, and wanna-bes, and (in this country) obesity. I say bring on the killer cockroaches and whoever survives can start this party over".
- Martijn MaaskantMihai has a special place in my heart! One of the first dudes I recruited when I was the assistant at Coastal Carolina University . Great kid, great player( you heard it from me) he will be one of our best Nation Coaches. He will take over Canadian development, he has that much talent! I am fired up about Mihai and No Limit Performance! I think every player in Canada has to train with them. You will be glad you did!!"
- Ganon Baker