2012Nov 13

SPAD Student-Athlete Profile: Sam Hirst

By SPAD Blogger Cameron Brooks

As we get closer to the winter months, another athletic season dawns on sports fans at Laurentian: basketball season.  With this comes an opportunity for another SPAD student to begin his journey as a Laurentian Voyageur, and this student is Sam Hirst.  Sam is a first year SPAD student from Barrie and he is one of the first SPAD students to be a member of Voyageur Men’s Basketball in a couple of years.  With the Laurentian Basketball home opener on November 16, the SPAD Blog decided to speak with Sam about his experiences with SPAD and in playing varsity basketball.

Q: What has it been like being a part of a men’s university basketball team since the start of the school year?

A: I feel like I get along and fit in well with the team. They are a great group of guys, I have really enjoyed the first two months of school playing with the team. They have really welcomed me to the team.

Q: What role do you see yourself playing on the team? What are your hopes for this upcoming season?

A: For this upcoming year I see myself being the spark off the bench, bringing a lot of defensive intensity to the game. My hopes for the upcoming season include having our team making the playoffs and hopefully continuing on to make nationals.

Q: For how long have you been playing basketball, and what is your greatest achievement as a player?

A: I have been playing organized basketball since I was in grade 3. My father loved basketball so I have always said that basketball was in my blood. My greatest basketball achievement came in my last year of high school when my high school team won the Single A OFSAA championships.

 Q: How have you been enjoying SPAD over the first few months?

A: SPAD is everything I expected and more in a university program. The SPAD students and alumni are all so close that it has created a family atmosphere. I have made a great group of friends so far and I can’t wait for the next four years.

Sam’s past successes and love for the game are sure to land him some quality playing time this year, and help him work towards being a key figure on the team in years to come.  As mentioned above, Sam and the rest of his teammates have their home opener on November 16 as they take on Windsor, so students should come out to cheer on their fellow class mate in his first univeristy home game.  We want to thank Sam for taking the time to talk with us, and we wish him the best of luck both this Friday night, as well as over the course of the season.

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