The Boston Breakers are holding a clinic on Friday, April 15th to help raise funds for the earthquake relief efforts in Japan. Two Breakers – Taryn Hemmings and Claire Zimmeck – trained with the Japanese club TEPCO Mareeze just two weeks before the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Northern Japan. (more…)
Taryn Hemmings talks about training with Japanese club TEPCO Mareeze just two weeks before earthquake
Taryn Hemmings recently returned from Japan, where she trained with the Japanese L1-League side TEPCO Mareeze. Two weeks after returning to the U.S., the massive 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck off the coast of Northeast Japan. Shortly thereafter, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began experiencing trouble. Within days, it suffered an explosion and began releasing radiation.
“The training center we stayed at was 8 kilometers from one of the nuclear power plants and 20 kilometers from another, so the entire area we were in has been evacuated,” Hemmings said. “Luckily, the team was in Southern Japan for a second team camp during the earthquake, but they have not been able to go back to their homes (they lived together in dorms) and don’t know how long it will be until they can go back or if they ever will. The scariest part to me is that because the team was owned by TEPCO, the girls worked everyday from 8-12 as administrative assistants in the nuclear power plants, so I am really glad they were nowhere near Fukushima when it happened. Right now, the girls said they are unsure what will happen with the team and have gone back to live with their families, so for now they have no team, no job, and their home is completely evacuated.” (more…)
Our Game Magazine contacted former FC Gold Pride forward Eriko Arakawa prior to the earthquake and tsunami to get her take on the upcoming L1 League season. Arakawa, who plays for the Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies, responded this week. (more…)