Archive for October, 2017

2017Oct 31

The Underdogs

BAILEY TABIN

POINT GUARD / LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY

How tall are you and do you play basketball are the two questions that I have been asked during my entire existence.

I am 6”1 and as a matter of fact, I do play basketball.

My journey began the day my twin sister, Sydney, and I stepped on the court with our oversized uniforms in 2006. Since then we always played together and pushed each other to maintain our fitness, and to become stronger players. We played together all the way until the end of our high school career at Tommy Douglas Collegiate.

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During our final year we finally had the opportunity to make it to playoffs. Our opponent was non other than our rival team, Walter Muarry Collegiate. We have a rich history with majority of our games ending with a one or two point difference. Unfortunately for us, the Walter Muarry Marauders was always the one to win. At times it was very irritating because I truly believed that our team possessed more skill. Nonetheless, the Marauders came out to win and according to the scoreboard, they were the better team.

For that particular game, we were expected to lose due to the fact that we had an unexpected change of coaches. The head coach was no longer available to work with us so we he had to keep our momentum going with a parent who volunteered to lead our team.

Game day finally arrived. I, along with my other teammates was very nervous to compete, as this was possibly our last game playing as the Tigers. Throughout each quarter, the score was very close and each member of both teams were performing Screen Shot 2017-10-31 at 17.32.20their best. In the final moments of the game, I got fouled out. I was very anxious knowing that I could not do anything else to help my team win. I even thought that I was letting my sister down because we were the dynamic duo of the team. Minutes later, my sister ends up injuring her right hand. With her determination to win she decided to stay in the game and fight to the finish. With seconds left on the clock, Sydney saw an open space to execute a lay up and added two points to the scored board. Then the buzzer makes an abrupt sound. BEEEEEEEEP! There it was, the Tommy Douglas Tigers moving on to the next round. It was very emotional moment for my sister and me as we thought that it was going to be our last game playing together. Even our mom whipped out her video camera and started taping us for to document this memory.

 

The following game was against St. Joseph. At the time, all the catholic schools had a reputation for playing good basketball and sports in general. This school was one of the top three schools in the province. With that in mind and barely passing through the preliminaryScreen Shot 2017-10-31 at 17.29.39 rounds, we were the underdogs of the tournament. In order to make it to provincials, we had to place in the top three. It turns out that we were playing against St. Joseph’s for the third spot. As we played against St. Joseph’s “we came out hot all our plays came out crisp.” As result we made it to provincials! Everyone was excited because it was out first time making it that far in playoffs, none the less going off to provincials.

In HOOPLA, the provincial tournament, we placed 3rd. Initially it was disheartening because we lost by a few points points. No one enjoys losing, but at the end of the day I was proud to earn that bronze medal! As the saying goes, you lose to get second and win to get third. I was glad to end my high school career in that fashion as it was a thrilling experience. From strengthening my bond with my sister, to having a parent volunteering to be coach, and to having a team that I can consider my family. This moment will never be forgotten!

 BAILEY TABIN / CONTRIBUTER

(Shenelle Figueroa)

2017Oct 31

The Beginning

Eric Wass

Assistant Coach/Laurentian Voyageurs Men’s Soccer

 

“You’ll never play the game of soccer again,” the doctor said as he looked at my knee, I thought it was over, but it was just the beginning…

 

This was a phrase that Eric Wass never wanted to hear.

 

However, this being a large reason as to why I traveled halfway around the world from Helsingborg, Sweden to Sudbury. A unique opportunity in the classroom and with the Laurentian Men’s Soccer team was something I wasn’t going to pass up.

 

At just 3 years old, my father introduced me to the sport and ever since I have remained involved. Playing for 17 years, I have plenty of experience and games under my belt. So much so, that I have been coaching for the last 4 years and counting.

 

A few years ago, an off-field knee injury put me on the sideline temporarily. Shortly after returning to the game, a few re-injury setbacks and irreversible knee damage ultimately led to my soccer (playing) retirement.

 

Giving up something that you love, are passionate about, and is a vital part of your life can be detrimental, heartbreaking, and difficult to accept. Initially, it was extremely challenging and difficult to give up something that has been a part of my entire life. But, soon realized that I could still play a crucial part within the gam22883158_2120043781354931_309238873_ne of soccer.

 

I quickly transitioned into my next role within the world of soccer and joined the coaching staff of my former club team. To this day, I haven’t looked back.

 

 

Despite not being able to play the game, the ability to coach is a huge advantage to bettering my future career. With a dream of being a professional coach in the English Premier League, I need to be experienced. Thus, starting to coach at such a young age will give me at least 15 years of experience others applicants likely won’t have. Additionally, obtaining the required licenses needed to coach at different levels now will also give me an edge up on other coaches. As well as provide me with a greater understanding of rules and techniques for coaching.

 

Johan Carlsson, my former coach, told me, “you are better in the head than the feet.” Implying that I have a greater knowledge of the sport itself than my ability to play the game. Many would take this an insult, but I took it as a compliment, knowing that I have the skill set and ability to succeed at the coaching level. This could be contributed to the countless hours I spend reviewing tactics and strategies along with spending a lifetime around the sport.

 

A successful, four-year coaching career with the Kullavagen BK, an under 21 club in Sweden, and I was interested in taking the next step.

 

But the real question: Why Laurentian?

 

The cliche “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” proved beneficial for me and landing at Laurentian. My father, a professional women’s soccer coach in Sweden, was able to draft the daughter of LU’s Athletic Director. In turn, putting me in touch with the “right person” to advance my coaching career at the university level. Needless to say, this was something I was not expecting.

 

After learning more about the university itself, the soccer team, and finding a desired program of study (sports psychology), I choose to attend Laurentian University. Before long, I was packing my bags and heading to Canada for a new adventure.

 

13432222_1342227075792511_2780642078468735267_nThe opportunity to help coach at the collegiate level is a step up from my previous coaching position in Sweden. But, also brings along a new perspective and interaction with the athletes.

Playing the role of both student and coach brings a unique set of interaction with athletes such as coaching friends and classmates. When in a coaching role, this is not an optimal situation as you are looking to establish yourself with authority and on a hierarchy level. Which, can be difficult to develop and take time but I have slowly been adapting to this. Throughout the duration of the season thus far, I have had to prove myself to the athletes with my knowledge of the game to gain the desired respect, authority, and position that I deserve as a coach. I have found that the Canadians are more respectful to their coaches than compared to Sweden.

Regardless of the country I coach in, the message I present to my athletes on game day remains the same. “Han du kommer möta där ute vill vara bättre än dig. Han kommer kämpa röven av sig för att vara just det. Min fråga är: kommer du låta den jävlen vara bättre än dig? Vad fan kom du hit för då?” Or as we can better understand it, “The guy you will be against out there today wants to be better than you. He will fight his ass off to be just that. My question is: will you let that sucker be better than you? What the hell did you come here for then?”

 

Eric Wass / Contributor

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2017Oct 31

Starting From Scratch

By Jason Rankin

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-31 at 4.26.36 PMJust fourteen months ago, in September of 2016 I was approached by professor, Dr. Amanda Schweinbenz. She asked me to try out for the Laurentian rowing team. Twice I declined to join the team due to having my mind set on school and making new friends, although on the third try I was given a piece of paper with the Olympic qualifying times displayed on it. I was told if I could achieve those times, I could start training for the Olympics and with that my decision was made, and shortly after was in a boat.

My name is Charlie Alexander, and I am from southern Ontario, and live in a small town called Fergus. Growing up in Fergus was great, I would spend most of my free time at the mechanic shop down the street, working on my Jeep, or learning from my father and friends who also worked there. Never would I have pictured myself rowing competitively in those days. Becoming a police officer or joining the RCMP was my dream as a child, however my love for the outdoors drove me to chose a different path. Currently I am taking the Outdoor Adventure Leadership program at Laurentian.

It was in my first few weeks in the program when I met Amanda Schweinbenz, who has been the rowing coach here for about 9 years and has helped produce many successful rowers such as, Curtis Halladay and Carling Zeeman. With no rowing experience at all, I accepted her offer to join the team. Even though it seemed like a remote possibility, I decided to go for it, and committed with everything I had, even though I knew nothing. Amanda helped me through everything, and taught me from scratch all there is to know about rowing. She quickly became my trusted coach and mentor in the sport.Screen Shot 2017-10-31 at 4.36.07 PM

Balancing school and my busy training schedule isn’t easy. I sacrifice some much needed sleep, for our 5:30AM starts only then to come home to make breakfast, then once more head back for another row at 11AM and then once more around 4PM. All of this is completed while getting to class and finishing all of my homework and it is all worth it in my mind. The feeling I get when pushing through a long hard workout on a cold morning is something I’ve never felt before, and only something that I can describe to you as a “rowers high”. The sound of the water splashing at the back of the boat as it slightly lifts off the water with every stroke, and hearing the slight hum of the hollow bodied hull, when everything is just perfect, is somewhat blissful.

My main goal is to reach the Olympics, specifically I am striving towards the 2020 Summer Games held in Tokyo, but a more realistic goal is the following Summer Olympics is 2024 in Paris. In just my first year of eligibility for rowing I have competed in 5 events, most notably the Head of the Trent or HOTT, and the OUA finals. At the HOTT race, I placed 4th and at OUA’s I won the bronze medal. In October, I was named Ontario’s Strongest Male Athlete of 2017 presented by RBC, which is the most important achievement of my career so far. Screen Shot 2017-10-31 at 4.32.42 PM

Never would I have thought I would be rowing for a chance to compete for my country, but with just a year under my belt in the sport, I am pushing my limits and looking to join the Canadian National Rowing Team, as soon as I can. It’s only a matter of time and experience until I will be seasoned enough to join and contribute to our national team.

2017Oct 31

Homecoming

 

Playing junior hockey is not the most normal way to grow up. I was only sixteen when I was drafted by the Kingston Frontenacs, but when Doug Gilmour (the general manager of the Frontenacs) wants to sign you, it is hard to say no. The resulting roller coaster ride was both exhilarating and crazy. It might not have been the most normal way to go through my late teens, but I would not trade those experiences for anything.

Before being drafted by the Frontenacs I played AAA hockey here in Sudbury where I grew up. I was joking around with my buddies recently, and I said I went to six different high schools and they were shocked. That is normal for a junior hockey player, all that traveling and being traded required me to change schools frequently.  I had never thought of it as a thing that I had to overcome. I always loved the traveling going around to all those different places, and it really gave me the life experience that I am lucky enough to have.

After playing for a couple of seasons in the OHL I joined the Truro Bearcats organization of the Maritime Junior Hockey League. One of the highlights of my career happened while I was with the Bearcats organization, which was winning the league championship (Kent cup) in 2014. There’s just something about it that you can’t replace, after the season’s done, after the playoffs are done, being able to turn to the guy beside you and say that you’re the champions.

After my last year with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL, I gave Darryl Moxam a call. I asked him, I think I’m just about done my junior career and I’m looking for a place to go, a place to continue playing hockey and getting into a place that’s fitting for my future. He said well what do you want to get into, and i said well something sport related, something business related. He said it’s funny you should say that, because we have a sports business program here at Laurentian. He was the coach of the men’s hockey team at Laurentian at the time so he enticed me to come play hockey here, as well as to join the sports administration program.

That’s the story of my junior career, and my homecoming to Sudbury as a member of the Laurentian Voyageurs men’s hockey team. Being back has been really great, I get to reconnect with friends and family. When playing junior during the summer I would be home in Kingston with my parents, and in the winter I’d be off playing hockey. It has been really nice to reconnect with all those I haven’t seen in a number of years. Whatever lies in my future I will always be grateful of this period that I got to spend in Sudbury with friends and family.

 

 

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2017Oct 31

Another Day’s Work

rowingMy name is Matt Day, I’m a second year student athlete at Laurentian University.  I’ve been playing a support/training role on the school’s rowing team for a year and a half now.  I was recruited in my first year through the school’s novice program where I was selected by Coach Gergely.  Before joining Laurentian’s team, I had no past experience with rowing as a competitive organized sport.  From what I’ve seen, this program has been an amazing learning experience for me.

If I was asked to give an explanation of what rowing is, I would have to describe it by saying, it’s a group of crazy people, sitting in boats, enduring pain, and going fast.  Rowing is a highly competitive endurance sport where athletes compete in 2km distance races.   In order to prepare for these races, myself along with the other members of the team have to train non-stop, starting practices at 5:30 in the mornings every day.  There is nothing quite like seeing the still lake on these calm mornings as the sun rises.   Weights training is done a few days a week.  We also prepare with race planning, and goal setting.  Some of my personal recorded rowing statistics include my time per 500m, which averages to around 1:50min, and my power output which averages to around 800watts.

Although I am an athlete at Laurentian, my main focus is my studies.  I know that I can’t sacrifice school for sports.  I’m glad I gave rowing a shot as it has changed my life as a student at Laurentian, as it has made me rethink how to prioritize schoolwork and balance my workload.  I’m currently enrolled in the outdoor adventure/leadership.  Balancing schoolwork and training has been hard but I’m learning how to manage and prioritize my time well enough, while still leaving time for myself.  I always pick school before the team, whether that means missing a practice to finish an assignment, or going to bed early so I can be well rested for the next day after morning practice.  With the recent strike, I found myself slipping into a bit of a lazier routine.  I started falling behind on schoolwork for a bit, and was getting into the habit of sleeping in, but I was able to quickly get back on track.  I do leave a little time when I’m not rowing or doing schoolwork to myself.  In my free time I’m either playing video games, playing a bit of guitar or trying to make it to the gym.  I also really enjoy eating, I do eat a lot.  

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Overall, I’m just an average student athlete, that’s getting by as a student and as an athlete.  Being on the rowing team hasn’t made me any less of a student and being a student hasn’t made me any less of an athlete.  I’ve grown a lot in the almost two years I’ve been on this team and I’m honoured to be a member of the Laurentian rowing team and the Laurentian outdoor adventure/leadership program.  

2017Oct 31

Dear Hockey, Thank You

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Thirteen years ago I stepped on the ice for my very first time. If you ask my dad, he will probably tell you that teaching a four-year-old to skate is no walk in the park.

Growing up in Northern Ontario I think most Canadians can relate their childhood memories to staying up late on cold winter nights to break out a scrimmage on your homemade backyard ice hockey rink. I couldn’t even tell you how many nights my dad spent out there flooding that rink with a hose so it would be ready to play on. Just a young kid strapping on my skates to tear down the ice, I had no idea that this sport would change my life so much.

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I remember my older brother Myles was just learning how to skate where he joined a hockey team shortly after. I have never seen someone enjoy something so much, so I decided to give it a try. I started out in tyke and didn’t get the chance to play a ‘real’ game until the following year in novice. Over the years I bounced back and forth between the boy’s league and girl’s competitive. I made my final switch to the girl’s competitive league after having both positive and negative experiences in different leagues and here I am today playing in my second year as a centre for the Laurentian Voyageurs Women’s Hockey team. 

Thirteen years of hockey. Believe it or not, this is not how my sports career started. With help from the rest of family, my parents had this crazy idea that I should be a ballerina, so they put me in ballet. Anyone who I am close with knows I hated it. I mean, like most people I enjoy casually dancing, like when a killer song comes on in the dressing room before a big game, but to do it every day of my life it just wasn’t for me.

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Photo By Esso Cup

I was born to play hockey. Getting a chance to play in the Midget AA Nationals, The Esso Cup, in my second year in Midget AND winning gold confirmed that.

Nothing about this experience was easy but playing this sport my entire life has taught me how to deal with any challenge thrown my way. We only had one week to prepare for our flight to Red Deer where every other team finished provincials earlier. Most of us girls never played three twenty minute periods before and to play like that once a day for a solid week straight was an obstacle. The entire thing was very nerve-racking but that’s something you just have to put aside in the back of your mind. You have to stay focused on the game, or you’ll never be happy with how you played. 

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Photo by Esso Cup

We pulled out a huge 7-2 win against the Red Deer Chiefs in our third game at Nationals, who would’ve thought they would be the team we’d be playing in the finals. Looking back at that final game it was extremely exhausting. We started to worry as the game went on and we were still tied 1-1 close to the end of the first period with our captain (Karli Shell) scoring our only goal. With 3 minutes left on the clock in the first, I was put on the ice for a long shift. One of our defensemen passed me the puck to finally break out, and all I was focusing on was to get the puck deep in their zone and change because I was dead tired. I dumped the puck and headed off to change. As soon as I got to the bench I saw my entire team jump up, and in that moment I realized that we just scored. Little did I know my captain scored our game-winning goal from a pass by yours truly but if you check the stats I never was counted for that assist. It’s frustrating but any player in the league knows it happens too often even in the OUA and CIS.

I’m still in disbelief today that this all happened. It’s dreamlike now. Almost too good to be true. Everything was all really well organized, we were treated like professionals. We had an itinerary to follow, provided meals and Coach bus transportation. There was an opening and closing banquet, two of my teammates even sang in front of everyone by request of the entertaining singer.

There are so many things I have got to do because of hockey and many more open doors for me to come. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Thank you, Hockey. Without you, I would have never known I could love something other than my friends and family so much.

Thank you for teaching me how acting on aggression doesn’t always lead up to the results you want, how you have to put in the time and work to be the best you can be, and that you don’t have to stop when things get tough.

Thank you for allowing me to build relationships with teammates and coaches, and to learn more about myself as an athlete and as a person to a greater extent than what anyone else could have ever taught me. You helped shape me into the person I am today and I couldn’t be more proud of what I have accomplished.

As long as you are a part of my life you will continue to teach me things about myself that I would have never had the opportunity of knowing. I know what I want and who I want to be thanks to you. One day I would love to play for Team Canada but even if I can’t make that happen just know that I will always be keeping active and involved in this sport.

I will continue to learn whether it is from watching, hearing, or experiencing the game. I will work hard to play a physical game like Martin St. Louis, to be a playmaker like Sidney Crosby, and who doesn’t want to be hammering pucks into the net like Alex Ovechkin or John Tavares.

You drive my competitiveness, you keep my life exciting.

You are intense. You are engaging and all-consuming. I love every part of you and just being able to go out on that ice to try something new will probably never get old for me.

At this point in my life, I can pretty much say that hockey will always be a part of me.

Who knows where I’ll end up when I’m done playing for Laurentian that is still two years away, but for now practice is over, it’s game time.

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MYLA MCCORMICK / CONTRIBUTOR

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2017Oct 31

“The Demons in the rear view”

“The Demons in the rear view”

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Soccer. The sport I love and can’t live without. Can you imagine losing something that you loved ever since your existence?I thought I had. I’m going to take you back through my life up until a day that I can see so clearly.  The day that I was given another chance playing the game of soccer.


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My name is Sam Daoust I was born in California USA, my father is originally from Sturgeon Falls and my mother was born in Russia.  When I was younger, I moved around quite a bit as a kid in the US from California to Connecticut and then Rhode Island. After that, I moved to Richmond Hill in the GTA area and grew up there from the age of 6 to 16. When in the GTA region I found my passion, which was the game of soccer. I’ve been playing soccer my entire life.  I started playing organized soccer when I turned 6 years old.  At the elementary school where I attended from grade 1-6, our gym teacher was actually an ex-pro player. He had played in France for some very notable soccer teams.  All we did in every gym class and at every recess was soccer and it sort of just took off from there. When I was 16, I finally moved to Ottawa, which is where my family lives now. With all the practice in gym class and working extremely hard I started to see the success. When I was younger I achieved something not many people can say. What I accomplished was I won a provincial championship in Ontario and a state championship in the US.

I couldn’t be prouder and still say to this day “it’s my greatest accomplishment”.

Flash forward to recruiting day for University. I was so excited for this day to come and I was hoping to play for my hometown team in Ottawa. I got a call from Carleton University and they wanted me to come play for the Ravens, in you guessed it, my hometown. This was one of the greatest days of my life and I’m so humbled it happened.

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I go into training camp with the team and I noticed we had a big recruiting class. A lot of seniors and a lot of freshmen coming in. I knew that I had to work my tail off in order to make the team. Tryouts were exhausting and I thought I played well.

Then the unspeakable happened.

I got cut. It was the lowest time of my life. I was down for a while”.

I took time off from the sport and I got to talking with Laurentian, I had a tour there. I went to the campus and loved it, the scenery and a chance to play on the soccer team. I got accepted for the program of Kinesiology in the Human Kinetics Department. Trying out for the team this time “I found my love for the sport again and am feeling better than ever playing the game”. After training camp I made the team and was excited for the first game of the season with my new te am, new school and new program. My first game was against Nippissing Lakers. That day came and………..

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I stepped on the field with my team and I knew that the demons suddenly were in the rear-view.

2017Oct 30

A Big Heart From Hearst- Amelie Samson

NAmelieot many athletes make it out of Hearst (my hometown).  To paint you a picture it is a six hour drive north of Sudbury, and has roughly 5,000 people. If you asked someone from Toronto about Hearst they would think you’re talking about another planet.

Although Hearst is a small town I would still consider it a ‘hockey hotbed’. After all it is Claude Giroux’s hometown, and where my sister and I learned how to play hockey. I laced up my first pair of skates when I was two years old. Believe it or not they were not hockey skates, but figure skates. I skated until sixth grade then decided to make the jump to hockey, the sport which my sister had been playing her whole life. My dad lives and breathes hockey and didn’t care much about my figure skating career. He was always with my sister helping her improve until I made the switch. He was so happy, and became instantly consumed, while I fell instantly in love. He pushed both my sister and I to be the best we could be. My dad was so crazy about hockey he made me wake up before school to shoot pucks and practice.

Growing up I had mostly played with boys, but knew I would have to transition to playing with girls if I wanted to go somewhere in hockey. Going into the twelfth grade I decided to try out for the Midget Lady Wolves in Sudbury. I made it. I was lucky because my Aunt lived in Sudbury so I stayed with her. The transition was easy, however the biggest challenge switching to girls hockey was staying confident. In Hearst I was always seen as the best girl playing with the boys. When I made the Lady Wolves all the girls were equal if not better than me so it made me doubt myself at times. I found it hard to stay confident, but had learned to overcome it, especially at the university level. My year with the Lady Wolves was successful all round. We won the Esso Cup (National Championship), which was my coolest hockey experience to date. The tournament was hosted in Red Deer, and was televised nationally. Such a surreal experience knowing you’re on TSN!  That same year I was being watched closely by the assistant coach of the Laurentian Voyageurs women’s team (Willy Montpellier). He liked the tenacious style of game I played. My dream was to play at the university level once I realized I could keep up with the boys. I knew I could do it.

My dad always advised me to dIMG_1078o just school because he saw how much I hated it growing up, and thought I would struggle balancing it with sports. Not only that, but my sister was a true scholar who loved school so I was constantly compared to her. While she went away to pursue hockey and academics at the University of Ottawa I was faced with the same decision. I looked into NCAA, but knew it was an unrealistic goal. Since I am bilingual my two options for university in Ontario were the University of Ottawa, and Laurentian University. I was always interested in living in Ottawa, but the thought of playing plus going to school with my sister made me sick to my stomach. I didn’t want to compete with her. The decision was easy once the Laurentian coaching staff  showed interest in me. They took notice to the little parts of my game that made me a good player. Once I was accepted into Kinesiology at Laurentian I never looked back. To this day I believe I would not be successful in school without hockey. Having hockey forces me to be on top of my work, and stay focused. After my first year of school I proved to my parents that I could succeed in school while playing. I am now in my third year of school, and my role continues to grow on the team. My passion is hockey, so why not add school into the mix.

Seeing as there are only two female university athletes to make it out of Hearst (my sister and I), I am very thankful to be where I am. When I am older I wish to move back and become involved with youth athletes in the community. I would like to work for a chiropractor, but my end goal is to eventually open a hockey training facility in Hearst similar to RHP in Sudbury to push girls to get to my level and further.

 

 

 

2017Oct 30

Brotherly Love (Nico Correa)

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For as long I can remember, I have been playing soccer. 16 years of my life I have given to the sport that I love. I have played on many teams, each another chapter in my playing career. But the most recent years have had a different dimension that the others have not. As I finish up my second year as a center midfielder for the Laurentian Voyageurs one main aspect that sticks out to me is this:

 

The last years have allowed me to play with my older brother Daniel.

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Growing up together in Burlington, Ontario we played lots of soccer together, just not on a club team. Because of our age gap (two years) we never got the chance to play on any club teams growing up. That said, we spent lots of time with one another and our friends playing games in the park or on the school field. And whenever one of us was on the road with our respective team, the other one would be there cheering the other on and practicing together if we had time.

But now we get the chance to suit up beside one another. As a second year Sport Administration student, or SPAD as it is generally called, I have had the opportunity to not only pursue my studies, but to play university soccer with my brother. Even though we played one year together in high school, I can say playing with him now is a totally new experience. Getting to experience living away from home, and playing with the Voyageurs together has been great.

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The connection we have on and off the field has brought us to a whole new level of communication. After so many years of playing together, or watching the other play there is such a natural chemistry. We can look at each other and without speaking know exactly what the other one means. All this to say like any set of brothers we still have our issues whether that is on or off the field, but as brothers we can handle those issues with love for one another and with a mutual respect that has grown for each other as teammates and brothers. It is such a great feeling getting to experience Laurentian with my brother. The ups and downs of team success and success in the classroom as well. We are able to support each other when we win or lose, or when either of us is struggling. He is there for the good and the bad, and I get to be there for him as well.

Getting the chance to continue my playing career at a university level and pursue a field that interests me is an opportunity not everyone gets to have. I get both of those things, as well as the cherry on top: getting to do it all, with my brother beside me.

 

 

 

2017Oct 29

Connor Vande Weghe

Connor Vande Weghe
Written by Tyler Rivest

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Being the best isn’t about your natural talent or how lucky you are. Being the best is about working harder then everyone else and wanting to improve yourself to be the best you can possibly be. I would like to tell everyone the path I took to get here and how I came to be the person I am today. I want people to know my story, hear the challenges I went through and where I want to go from here.

       1297867784149_ORIGINALEveryone sees me as the tall goalie from Laurentian University that stops everything that comes his way and has the most amount of saves in the league. But, no one sees what it took to get here and all the hard work and dedication endured. I started off as the goalie for my high school. I had a coach there who really pushed me to my limits. He made me see the game as more than just a sport. He made me see soccer as a lifestyle. We worked hard at practice and whenever I would misstep or make a mistake, he was sure to let me know. However, all that pressure made me a better player and helped me step up to be a leader. I give him a lot of credit and I think he is the biggest reason why, I am now captain of the Laurentian Voyageurs Soccer Team.

3d4882b3ce3d8b28888d13857f5d47c8_400x400 (1)Soccer didn’t always come easy to me and sometimes it still doesn’t. I had to overcome various challenges and obstacles. At the time, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to surpass these obstacles. However, I now know first hand that with a enough hard work, you can do anything. In my first year of playing for the Laurentian, we had a terrible season. We ended with a record of 4 wins, 9 losses and 1 draw. Moral for me and the team was really down. We had the mentality of accepting defeat before the game even started. But, you gotta be able to look past that and into the future. On the off-season, me and team worked hard and it payed off. Now, were in a really good spot to clinch a play-off spot and are sitting 3rd in the league.

Sept_9-17_-_416_storyBut the journey doesn’t stop here. I want to continue improving and growing with Soccer. Next year I want to be able to make it far into the play-offs and make it to the semi-finals and prove to other schools that Laurentian is here to compete and we shouldn’t be taken lightly. Then, the year after that I would like to actually win a championship with my team. I would also like to continue my coaching with my youth team and watch them progress into future athletes and stars. I have made it my main goal to help make soccer grow in the community of Sudbury and allow other people to experience the game as I have.