Archive for October, 2012

2012Oct 30

SPAD Professor Profile: Dana Ellis

By SPAD Blogger Cameron Brooks

This year the SPAD program welcomes its newest professor, Dana Ellis.  Dana is from Shelburne, Ontario, and has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (Western), masters in Human Kinetics (Ottawa), and is a big Manchester United fan. For her masters, Dana completed an internship with the Carleton University’s athletic department where she worked on sport marketing projects, and her PhD dissertation is on the topic of ambush marketing in the Olympic movement. I got the opportunity to catch up with Dana to talk to her about her time in SPAD so far.

Q: What caused you to want to be a university professor? What other careers did you want to pursue after you graduated?

A: I wanted to be a university professor because I enjoy all sides of a professor’s job. I enjoy teaching and being in the classroom interacting with students who have an interest in the same things as I do and who have as much to teach me as I do them. I also enjoy the whole research process from data collection and analysis, to writing. A career as a university professor which lets me combine these two things has always been my ideal profession, however, before beginning my PhD I did think about pursuing jobs in the area of sports marketing and sponsorship, particularly within mega-events.

Q: What do you think makes SPAD so unique from other programs, both at Laurentian and in Ontario?

A: The first reason I think SPAD is so unique is the nature of the program as the only sport management program which offers a business degree in Canada. I really like the opportunities offered to students through such elements as the consulting trip, the practical events course, and internships. The quality of faculty and students in the program is also a draw. The nature of the program as a pure sport management program ensures that the students who are coming into the program really want to be there, and have an interest in sport and sport management, just like I do. I also think SPAD is unique in the way it creates an atmosphere of family among the students and nurtures and values the long-term relationship it creates with alumni. Finally I appreciate SPAD’s professional approach to all aspects of a business education that starts from the first year. Focusing on details such as email etiquette, presentation skills, networking skills, dressing appropriately, and interacting with the corporate community in a professional manner. These things are too often overlooked and I love the fact that SPAD works so hard to ensure they are recognized as important.

Q: Which SPAD classes most interest you and represent the ones you would enjoy teaching?

A: I have been lucky enough that I am able to teach courses in some of my favourite subjects already this year, so that is great. In the future I would love to be involved in the field trip as it seems like a great experience. I am also interested in courses on event theory and maybe a course which focuses on sport brands or sponsorship if such courses were to be developed. I would also like to have more involvement in the ISM.

Q: How have you enjoyed your first two months as part of the SPAD family and how have you been received by students?

A: I have really enjoyed my time in SPAD so far. It really does feel like being part of a family. The students have all been great. They are extremely polite, helpful and enthusiastic. I enjoy when they just stop by to introduce themselves even if I’m not teaching them this term as I’ll likely be seeing them at some time throughout their career in SPAD.

Dana is currently teaching Sport Media and Communication to the third year SPAD students, among others later in the year.  Dana brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the classroom, and her attitude towards the SPAD brand is exactly what the students and professors want from her. We appreciate the time Professor Ellis took to speak with us and we look forward to watching her career with SPAD.

2012Oct 29

SPAD Student-Athlete Profile: Brennan Doyle

By SPAD Blogger Brianne Pankoff

The golf season has come to an end for the Laurentian Varsity Golf team. At the year-end tournament, the OUA Championships were held in Waterloo at Grey Silo Golf Club this October. The team had a great opening day, starting off strong at 6th place out of 17 teams. Heading into the last day standing just one place out of qualifying for Canadians, however, they were unable to put all the rounds together and finished 11th overall. 4th year SPAD Student Brennan Doyle talks to us about his experience in the sport and his past few years playing on the school team.

1) Tell us about your background in golf and your time with the Laurentian Golf team.

I started playing golf when I was 5 years old. I lived right on the golf course growing up so I’d spend the whole day hanging out at the course. My dad and I would often wake up early around 5am and go play 9 or 18 holes before he went to work.

This is my fourth year on the Laurentian golf team. I have enjoyed each year and have played alongside a great group of guys. Growing up, golf was strictly an individual sport. However, University golf is more of a team sport, where everyone’s score is combined and equally important. I really enjoyed playing these tournaments as a team, as we really encouraged each other everyday to improve.

2) What do you like about the sport and why have you continued to play?

I love the mental side of golf. Unlike other sports, skill alone is not enough to win a golf tournament. There is never a day where the ball goes exactly where you want it to, so it is very important to grind through every shot. I also love how everybody can play golf and enjoy it. It is a very social sport and allows me to enjoy the company of friends and also meet new people.

3) What successes have you accomplished on the LU team or in other golfing endeavours?

As a junior I qualified to compete nationally in the Canadian Junior Championship in New Brunswick. This was a great experience as I competed with a very high caliber of junior golfers, some of whom have had exemptions to play on the PGA TOUR. My most memorable experiences of junior golf were playing for Team Canada East twice with the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA). During the course of my years playing on the LU golf team, we have won two tournaments, and I have been recognized for both rookie of the year and most valuable player.

4) How do you balance being a student in Sports Administration and a varsity athlete?

It is definitely difficult to balance practice, play and school. My performance is dependent upon how much I practice leading up to a tournament, and if I could I’d practice every day like the professionals. However, school is very important to me, and is my first priority above all else. When we are on the road for a golf tournament, there is a lot of down time between rounds. Being a student athlete requires self-discipline, meaning I must always make time to get my work done, whether if it’s in the vehicle on the way to a tournament or in the hotel room after a round.

5) As a fourth year student what are some of your internship aspirations? Would you consider a career in the golf-business industry?

I’ve grown up my whole life playing golf and being involved in the golf industry. So yes, it would definitely be a good fit for me. I am very interested in sales and if I could do my internship with a golf company, I think I would really enjoy it and really succeed, just because I know so much about the sport.

Thanks Brennan for your time and congratulations to you and your team on another great season.

2012Oct 23

SPAD Student-Athlete Profile: Matthew Wilkes

By SPAD Blogger Cameron Brooks

Another SPAD frosh has entered the scene for Voyageurs Athletics – soccer player Matthew Wilkes. Matt is from Whitby, ON and a graduate of Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School where he played 5 years of soccer for the Wildcats. Wilkes’ high school coach was Tom Plommer, who was a key figure in the success of the Voyageurs Men’s soccer team back in the 1980’s. We were able to sit down with Matt and chat about his time at Laurentian so far.

Q: How have you enjoyed your first season with the Voyageurs and how did you fit in with the team?

A: I feel like I fit in well with the team, they are a great bunch of guys. I have really enjoyed the first two months of school playing on the team and it feels like I’m part of the whole Laurentian varsity family now.

Q: How did it feel to get into your first OUA game this past week against the University of Toronto?

A: It felt great getting my first OUA game under my belt. I was a little shaky and nervous for the first 10 minutes, but once I got a few touches on the ball, I started playing my game and it turned out to be a good game. The coaches were very happy with my play in the half and it made me feel like I really was a key part in the result of the game.

Q: With your high school coach being a former Voyageur, did he have any influence on your decision to attend Laurentian? Was his coaching style similar to how the men’s team plays?

A: Mr. Plommer had some impact on my decision to come to Laurentian, he told me about the SPAD program and it seemed like a good opportunity for me. He also mentioned that Austin graduate and a former teammate of mine, Cameron Brooks, was playing there and I thought it would be nice to play with a familiar face again. My high school team played more of an attacking style of soccer so it was much different than how we play now, but the Voyageurs mentality was definitely there.

Q: Why did you select SPAD instead of other programs you may have applied for?

A: I’ve had an interest in business for a few years now and the idea of working in the sport business industry is definitely something I will pursue after my varsity career. Because SPAD is such a unique program, there will probably be some exciting opportunities for me after graduating that lead to an enriching career in sport business that I wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere else.

Q: Finally, how have you enjoyed being in the SPAD program so far?

A: Words cannot describe how I feel about the SPAD program so far. The program is everything I ever wanted in a university degree. The SPAD family welcomed me with open arms, and showed how from first to fourth year, everyone cares about the program. I’ve made a great group of friends, including Cole Dinsmore, Simon Tomlinson, Kevin Baxter, and finally my teammate Kevin Murphy. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this year turns out and it’s going to be a great four years with the program.

         It was good to catch up with Matt and see that he’s enjoying his time in the SPAD program and playing for the Laurentian Voyageurs soccer team. We thank Matt for letting us speak with him and we wish him all the best as he moves forward in his career with the Voyageurs and SPAD.

2012Oct 22

SPAD Speaker Series: Graham Sage & PepsiCo

PepsiCo leaders (including Graham Sage, SPAD’07, third from the right) and SPAD student leaders.

By SPAD Blogger Cameron Brooks

On Tuesday, October 16th the School of Sports Administration had its first installment of the 2012-2013 SPAD Speaker Series, featuring various leaders from PepsiCo. The group was led by 2007 SPAD Grad Graham Sage, who has been with the company for 5 years and has already been promoted twice. The presentation was roughly an hour long and focused on the different sales positions and opportunities offered by PepsiCo. The presentation had a real focus on leadership and how, when it comes to being in sales, the organization really looks for people who are leaders, and constantly promote young people into more leadership roles, as we see in Graham’s time with the company.

When asked why he wanted to come back to speak with current SPAD students, Graham’s response was “I don’t know what it exactly is, but for some reason SPAD Grads seem to be a good fit for our organization. It could be because many of our marketing plans are based around sports, we don’t actually know what the actual answer is, but for whatever reason they just seem to be a good fit.” One of these fits with PepsiCo has been Tom Greco (SPAD ’81), currently the President of Frito Lay North America, who has been one of the more successful SPAD grads in the program’s forty years.

Graham is also a good example of how the sports industry sometimes isn’t always going to work out for a person, which stresses the commerce degree aspect of SPAD. “I did actually start out in the sports industry with Tennis Canada, so I worked there for two summers. To be completely honest they didn’t have a lot of full-time positions, so I had friends who worked with Frito Lay for the summer, tell me about the job, and it seemed like an exciting fit for me.” The aspect of PepsiCo that was similar to the SPAD program was the real emphasis on interactions between co-workers and creating a tight knit environment within the organization. “Once I got into the company I got kind of addicted, and it’s the people that make that happen. It’s the people that you work with every day that are giving you those opportunities and they are all pretty positive people and it’s just a great work environment.” SPAD students and alumni know that the program and the people in it are like your family, so it’s clear to see that a positive and encouraging work environment is very attractive to our students (more…)

2012Oct 18

(Award Winning) Alumni Profile: Mike Lappan

By SPAD Blogger Benoit Roy

On behalf of the School of Sports Administration I’d like to congratulate Mike Lappan (SPAD’05) on winning the AHL’s Ken McKenzie Award this year for being recognized as the executive who most successfully promotes his own club…congratulations!  Mike was kind enough to share his experiences with SPAD and how it led to a career as an executive in professional hockey.

Q:  This award is given to an executive because they have implemented strategies that have helped build their respective franchise.  Tell us about the strategies that you implemented in the past year or so that led to you winning this award?  SPAD students are always looking for creative inspiration.

A:  We took a grassroots approach this season and got our players in as many schools and as many appearances as possible.  Then we utilized social media and our website to tell the stories.  It worked very well.  In a city that is dominated by NFL, NASCAR and sometimes NBA, community relations are what can get you noticed.

Q:  What is the greatest benefit that you derived from winning this award? 

A:  The satisfaction of being acknowledged for what we worked so hard on all season.

Q:  Have you always considered a career in public and media relationships, one where you are in constant contact with your consumers and the public, or did you consider going another route upon graduation?

A:  I always wanted to be in PR.  My focus was on the NHL but once I got to Charlotte and saw that the Checkers are basically a major league set up with a great owner and COO, and play in an NBA arena, I wanted to stay.  I was actually originally a math major at the University of Waterloo, but transferred to LU a year later.

Q:  What is the greatest career challenge that you’ve faced?  Have there been any particular instances where you’ve had to make an interesting public relations announcement in light of players or personnel acting against the best interests of the Checkers?

A:  Not really.  We have a good group of players.  Luckily, I haven’t had to deal with anything like that in my career.  The greatest challenge is finding ways to stay relevant in a city like Charlotte.  NFL, NBA, NASCAR, NCAA, MLL, AAA baseball, etc.

Q:  How has SPAD helped you as a business professional in the sport industry?  Are there any specific moments from your time in SPAD that really made you think, “A career in the sport business is right for me”?

A:  The internship program helped me greatly.  That’s where I got my start.  I was hired from my internship (San Diego Gulls) and that team president hired me here in Charlotte.

Q:  In SPAD, we try to create a sense of association between our students that cannot be matched by any other program at Laurentian University, and I think we’ve done a pretty good job at that.  Are there any SPAD Alumni that you are still in contact with and do you speak to them more on a professional or social basis?

A:  I speak to a lot of the hockey guys: Ryan Belec (Tampa), Jordan Silmser (Ottawa), Craig Downey (Toronto) both professionally and socially.  And I try to hire a SPAD intern every season.  Right now we have Jordan Sims, who’s doing a great job.

Q:  After quickly browsing your LinkedIn profile, I can tell that you have an interest in working in professional hockey.  Tell us about organizations you’ve worked for in the past and any significant business contributions you made to those organizations.

A:  I worked as an intern for the San Diego Gulls (ECHL) and the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) and full-time for the Gulls, ECHL head office and now with the Charlotte Checkers.  With the Gulls, I was in sales and marketing, then with the ECHL I moved over to hockey operations and I’m now back in PR, where I started as an intern.

Q:  I did some digging and noticed that you not only worked for the San Diego Gulls of the ECHL during the 2006-07 season, but you suited up for them as well.  What’s the story behind that and what was your experience like as a “professional” hockey player?

A:  We had injuries and call-ups and needed an extra body so I signed a two-day contract and suited up for a game.  I flew out to Salt Lake City the next day and we played the Utah Grizzlies.  It was pretty interesting and we got some good publicity from it.

Q:  Finally, having worked in the AHL and the ECHL, you have created a path for yourself that many current SPAD students are hoping to follow.  What professional advice would you offer a recent graduate or a current SPAD student on achieving their career goals and what characteristics of a good business professional would you say future employers are looking for the most?

A:  Now more than ever, there is an incredible amount of competition.  Thousands of people want your job.  So I’d say the best advice is to be a self-starter.  When you’re done working on whatever task you’re assigned, find something else and find ways to make things better.

Thanks Mike for sharing your experiences.  Again, congratulations on winning this significant award and we hope that you have another great season this year in Charlotte.

2012Oct 16

The SPAD Circle of Life

SPAD Student Council President Scott Rodgers working the booth at OUF

By SPAD Blogger Benoit Roy

The 2012 Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) brought together many past, present and future SPAD students showcasing SPAD’s connectivity and enthusiasm towards the program.  The SPAD “circle of life” was well documented at this event.  Among the SPAD alumni who were Brand Ambassadors were JP Rains, Ben Demianiuk and Bryan Carruthers.  JP, Ben and Bryan are also current Laurentian employees holding various positions in communications, marketing and students services.  JP states that “going to the fair and seeing SPAD students later on in their studies at Laurentian certainly makes the trip worthwhile.”  Having gone through the program himself, JP fully understands the position that these students are in, making the recruitment process much more relatable.  Students, previously unaware of the program, began to feel a part of SPAD simply from speaking to the SPAD Brand Ambassadors.

Among the current SPAD students and faculty at OUF were Scott Rodgers, Chad Scanlan, Andy Leach, Patrick Smoke, Dr. Ann Pegoraro, Dr. Anthony Church, and Dr. Claude Vincent.  SPAD Council President Scott Rodgers states that he realizes “the potential for developing the SPAD brand in Southern Ontario, a location where prospective students are perhaps less aware of Laurentian than those from Northern Ontario.”  He also states that “SPAD’s presence at OUF and the array of SPAD alumni and students truly provides prospective students with a look into how the program helps to develop true business professionals, and shows how connected we are and will always be.”

Among the business pros who graduated from SPAD who also visited Laurentian’s booth during OUF weekend were Darryl Boynton, Jon Lalonde and Tyler Aird.  Darryl Boynton visited the LU booth to reconnect with the faculty members who were once his professors.  Darryl currently works for Hockey Canada where he is the Manager of the Ontario Regional Centre.  SPAD alumnus Jon Lalonde is currently a Professional Crosschecker for the Toronto Blue Jays.  During school, Jon assisted in a project for the Jays which resulted in him getting hired on a permanent basis with the team – a prime example of the opportunities extended from SPAD.  Tyler Aird, a former SPAD lecturer also visited the SPAD Brand Ambassadors.  Having these SPAD alumni make an appearance at the event demonstrates to future students how diverse and connected alumni are with the program.  Their presence shows that even after graduating, SPAD alumni are keen on associating themselves with the program (more…)

2012Oct 10

SPAD Student-Athlete Profile: Crystal Lee

By SPAD Blogger Brianne Pankoff

The SPAD Frosh Class of 2012 was lucky enough to include Crystal Lee, a former member of the Canadian National Aerial Skiing Team. I sat down with Crystal as she was able to share with us her experience of competing at the highest level of sport, and how, as an elite athlete, she ended up finding her way to SPAD.

Q: Tell us a little about your sport and your background in it.

A: I was on the National Team for Aerial Skiing. It is an Olympic sport, where the athletes launch themselves off 4 meter high jumps, do a couple or a few flips with some twists, and come in for a nice landing (hopefully). In 2010 I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to forerun at the Vancouver Olympics. My final year competing (2010/2011 season) I competed on my first full World Cup Circuit, making finals at all but one competition and going to places like Moscow, Russia, and Minsk, Belarus. I also qualified to compete at the World Championships in Park City, Utah the same season and finished 10th.

Q: How did you first get into aerial skiing? What made you keep going?

A: There was a recruitment program, funded by Own the Podium, finding acrobatic athletes to train in the sport aerials. With my background in competitive gymnastics, power tumbling and, at the time, trampoline, my coach for trampoline told me that this sport would be a potential good match. Originally, I dismissed the opportunity because I didn’t know how to ski. However, as curiosity got the best of me, I responded a week later and everything went from there. They sent me to Whistler to teach me to ski and by my second season ever on snow I was doing double flips. The moment that I got hooked on the sport was the first time I flipped on skis into water the summer of 2006. After that, the desire to keep testing my limits and seeing how far I could go fueled my drive.

Q: What was the best moment of your career?

A: It’s hard to pick just one. The experience as a whole I wouldn’t trade for the world. It would be a toss up between forerunning at the Vancouver Olympics and finishing 10th at the World Championships in Park City, Utah. The atmosphere in Vancouver was incredible, while the feeling of stomping my jumps in such a big competition and under stress in Park City is indescribable.

Q: You skied for several years before deciding to come to Laurentian, what did you learn from your time travelling and competing?

A: First thing I learned is to consider every opportunity no matter how far fetched. I can honestly say that a month before I got into aerials that I would have NEVER seen myself attempting the sport let alone being on the national team. I learned a lot about myself as a person from the experience as a whole. It’s an extreme sport that put me in extreme situations that I would never have gotten to experience otherwise.

Q: What made you want to go back to school, and more specifically come to SPAD?

A: I always knew I would go back to school at some point; it was just a matter of when. I was actually enrolled to start school for Kinesiology before I decided to join the aerial circus. As for SPAD, it wasn’t something I planned, more stumbled upon. I was looking around at the schools close to home and checking out their business programs. While looking into Laurentian’s Business program based out of Georgian College, I found out about SPAD by Christopher Zapalski. I was interested when he outlined the program to me, and I was sold after meeting with Ann, the Director of SPAD.

Q: How do you think being an athlete will help you in your future career as a sports administrator?

A: I learned a lot about work ethic as an athlete. You only get what you put in. Not to mention, while I was an athlete I was able to start building my network, which is extremely important in the business industry.

Thanks for your time Crystal and we wish you the best of luck as you transition from an athlete to a coach as well as your sports administration career!

2012Oct 9

SPAD Internship Profile: Jamie Howlett and the Olympic Games

By SPAD Blogger Benoit Roy

Jamie Howlett is a fourth-year SPAD student currently finishing his internship with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC).  Expecting to complete his internship entirely in Canada, Jamie received a phone call explaining that he was to report to London as a volunteer for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.  Jamie’s story happens to be very distinct and this is what Jamie had to say about his time with the COC and at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

Real world experience can be one of the greatest learning tools in a student’s education and through my internship at the Canadian Olympic Committee this statement couldn’t be truer.  Through my work in the Sport Department I have learned how much detail, organization, communication, and teamwork impacts everyday life in the sports business industry.  On a day-to-day basis leading up to the Games it was all hands on deck.  I was a part of our cargo shipments, developing transportation guides for our team, working on our sport federation contracts, and other logistical projects.  Just as I was ready to take time and breathe back home, while our team was across supporting our athletes in London, I had gotten a surprise phone call that I’ll never forget.

I was blessed with an offer to come over and join our village operations team for the Olympic Games.  Of course, it was an easy offer to accept and the next morning I was on a plane across the pond to be a part of Team Canada.  Working inside the athletes’ village, our team and I were responsible for making sure our athletes’ village experience allowed them to keep a high level of performance at the Games.  This included taking care of their transportation, living accommodations, village passes, and ensuring other needs were taken care of.  Despite all the work and long days it was a dream come true and worth every minute to work directly with our team and inside the village.

The knowledge, hands-on projects, and industry insight provided in our SPAD program is directly related to my opportunity with the COC and the success I’ve had with my internship.  SPAD and the amazing COC team have given me an internship experience that I know is hard to rival within the industry.  I am looking forward to my final months here in Ottawa and seeing the beautiful SPAD family come 2013.

After coming home from London, Jamie went right back to work on other projects as other opportunities have kept coming up.  He was responsible for managing several projects for the 2012 Celebration of Excellence and Hall of Fame Gala which took place in Ottawa and Toronto.  Jamie’s duties included the transportation of Olympians in Ottawa and logistics during and after the parade.  At the Gala, Jamie was able to mingle with the likes of Scott Niedermayer and Roberto Luongo in an event that raised more than $3 million for Canadian Olympic athletes.  Jamie will be finishing his internship in December of 2012 and is set to graduate next spring.  Be sure to follow Jamie on twitter (@_JamieHowlett_) to follow his story and his experiences working for the Canadian Olympic Committee.

2012Oct 8

SPAD Bowling Night

By SPAD Blogger Brianne Pankoff

On the night of Wednesday October 3rd, SPAD Students took to the alleys of Plaza Bowl for the much anticipated annual SPAD Bowling Event.  The night kicked off as always with some with some billiards and beverages in the SSR Games Room as everyone mentally prepared themselves for the night ahead.  50 SPAD students hopped on the bus to Plaza Bowl and of course, it wouldn’t be a SPAD trip without some Laddy’s.  Popular targets included second year student council rep Sean Meyers and first year Nathalie Mihalek who all took the jokes in good stride.

At the bowling alley students from years one to four faced off, demonstrating their skills at 5-pin bowling.  After two games before heading back to Laurentian, there were some clear winners of the group:

  • High Score and MVP goes to Tommy “The Turkey” Zaplatel with a score of 240, who took the competition seriously, bringing his own bowling balls and bowling shoes to play.
  • Most Creative Technique went to 3rd year Alex Foeller, demonstrating countless unique ways to throw the ball down the lane, including an around the back shot-put.
  • Rookie of the Year is to be shared by all of the SPAD Frosh who came out to the event.  It was a great turnout from the first years who got to meet and bond with the rest of the SPAD vets.
  • And last but not least, The Participation Award goes out to Brady Scott who had trouble hitting the actual pins, but no difficulty hitting the lane shield barrier (perhaps he should stick to Flag Football).

To those students looking for a rematch, you may not have to wait another year.  Council is looking to do another SPAD Bowling night second semester to meet the demand, and for another fun night of friendly competition on the lanes.

Click here to check out some of the fun on the latest episode of the SPAD YouTube channel.


2012Oct 4

SPAD Student-Athlete Profile: Samantha Edwards

By SPAD Blogger Cameron Brooks

The Sports Administration program prides itself on the quality of our students within the classroom, as well as excellence of our athletes outside of their academics. Within SPAD, there are many of our peers that have excelled in their respective sports, and now represent the Laurentian Voyageurs at the university level. These students have embodied the SPAD brand and have made us proud as they compete for the Voyageurs on a daily basis. Over the course of this year, the SPAD blog will be profiling many of our athletes to show just how great our students really are.

In our first edition, I was able to catch up with Samantha Edwards, a SPAD frosh, to talk to her about her athletic career so far. Sam is from Toronto, Ontario, and is a member of the Laurentian Women’s Cross Country team. She seems to be fitting in just fine in her first month as a Laurentian Voyageur and this is what she had to say.

Q: How did you get into cross country running?

A: I had an amazing gym teacher who in grade nine suggested joining a club, so I started training six days a week, and I fell in love with the sport.

Q: What successes have you had in Cross Country running in the past?

A: As most athletes I made it to OFSAA cross country and track all four years of high school, only missing one which was grade 10 track OFSAA, by 2 seconds. As well I’ve competed in National Cross Country races placing within the top 50.

 Q: Why did you choose to come to Laurentian?

A: Laurentian had a lot to offer, one of the greatest aspects was the SPAD program. Also, the team looked like I would fit right in when I came to visit. So with both the program and sports being right in line with what I was looking for, it was an easy choice.