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.

Q: Have you had any competitions with Laurentian so far? If so how did you do?

A: The varsity cross country team has had 3 awesome races so far, here in Sudbury was the Ramsey tour where I placed first for the LU girls. After that was the Western International in London, ON where I placed 41st having a solid time of 19:32 for the 5km course. Our most recent race was in Waterloo where I came 4th overall and Laurentian placed 2nd as a team!

Q: How have you enjoyed your fist month of being in the SPAD program?

A: The SPAD program is living up to everything I thought university would be, from professors you love to ones you’ll learn to love and the hard work balanced with a lot of fun.

It is good to see that a SPAD frosh has been able to make such an immediate impact on her varsity team, as well as being able to enjoy all of the aspects that have made students love the SPAD program and what it offers. We want to thank Sam very much for her time and wish her luck in her future competitions!

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