Sports

To the sport I can no longer play

In this image: Jessica Briand prepares to kick a soccer ball.

Growing up as a high-level athlete, there was always that fear in the back of my mind that it could all end in an instant if I made a wrong move or a klutzy mistake. But as an athlete I stuck with it because it’s a love like no other.  I said good-bye to all…

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“No detail too small”

In this image: portrait of Tony Eden.

While the game is played on the ice, a lot of behind the scenes work goes into a hockey team’s success.   Tony Eden knows that better than anybody. This is his sixth season as the head trainer and equipment manager of the Dalhousie Tigers men’s hockey team; he has 36 years working in high performance hockey.  “My job is…

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High School Rivals to championship teammates

In this image: Mike van der poel and Matthew Coolen.

Not many athletes can say they’ve medalled at a national competition in a sport they spontaneously started.   Mike van der Poel and Matthew Coolen, old high school rivals, can. The two track and field stars have have both taken home a U Sports medal since they began running for Dalhousie University four years ago; van der Poel winning bronze for his 300-metre dash in 2017 and Coolen the gold for his 60-metre dash…

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Model athlete

In this image: Mieke DuMont in front of the Dalplex.

After winning four AUS championships in four years, fifth-year volleyball player Mieke DuMont is in the final stretch of her successful university career.   She credits Tim Maloney, Dalhousie’s executive director of athletics and recreation, for making her experience at Dal so memorable.   “It has been such an amazing experience, I’ll definitely miss it,” says DuMont trying to hold…

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The mental game

In this image: a portrait of Andrew Ling.

Being a successful athlete is more than just being physically talented. That’s why the Dalhousie Tigers women’s volleyball team has a mental skills coach to help give them an edge.  “There’s lots of parts to being successful,” says Head Coach Rick Scott. “But another side is the mental side, to give yourself the confidence and…

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Adventure to Europe

In this image: Dalhousie University's men's volleyball team.

The men’s volleyball team had a “once in a lifetime opportunity,” over the winter break.   That’s what the team’s head coach, Dan Ota said after he took the team on a volleyball trip to Europe over the break.   “I think this is the kind of trip that (the players) are going to talk amongst themselves…

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Student first, then athlete

In this image: Sven Stammberger holds a basketball up to the camera.

Earlier this month, Sven Stammberger was selected as a U Sports Top 8 Academic All-Canadian for the 2017-2018 season.  The former captain of the Dalhousie Tigers men’s basketball team, Stammberger is the 14th student-athlete from Dalhousie University to be honoured in this way since 1993. Only McGill University has generated more Top 8 Academic All-Canadians. …

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The team Mom

In this image: Andrea Plato watching a basketball game.

Go to any Dalhousie Tigers men’s basketball game and you’ll see the team’s Head Coach, Rick Plato, pacing near the bench, waving his arms and yelling at his players for turning the ball over.   Behind him is a person who is nearly the exact opposite: a blonde-haired woman, sitting calmly and keeping track of turnovers…

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Finding his scoring touch

In this image: Andrew Shewfelt.

During a tough start to the men’s hockey season, the play of Andrew Shewfelt has been a bright spot for the Dalhousie men’s hockey team. With 17 points in 17 games, he’s having a breakout season.   A changing roster with only eight out of 25 players being above their second year, meant there was a…

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