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hard work, determination, and grit are going to bring you success of the year, and when other people get to rest — summers and weekends—are when players work hardest. “Football is a 365-day job. There is no ‘off-season’ because in the off-season, you push yourself harder than the on-season to prepare. That was one thing I realized after a while is that you never get to turn it off,” said Gaydosh. Gaydosh attributes his parents and his coaches for the inspiration and motivation to get where he is today. That, and self-discipline. “My dad was the one who modelled everything for me. A lot of my work ethic comes from him. But my mom was also hugely 56

influential. And every time I’d fall off the track, my coaches would give me a nice hard smack to set me back straight again,” said Gaydosh. “You don’t get spoon-fed up here.” Gaydosh’s parents still live in Peace River, and he comes home at least once a year at Christmas and more often when he is able. Every time he does, he says it gets harder to leave. “You know, when you’re away, the heart grows fonder and I always want to come back. And when I’m here I’m like, ‘I totally miss this place.’ You know, one-lane highways everywhere, the lack of people, that’s up my alley,” said Gaydosh.

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Onward and Upward Despite having had his career nearly derailed by injuries several times, Gaydosh has not yet given much thought to what life might be like after football. “I get that question a lot, but I have no idea. I’ve thought about a career in athletic training to pass on what I know, but that’s a whole other commitment. I wouldn’t want to babysit, that’s not my cup of tea, so I’d have to be doing elite athletes—and you can’t just jump in to working with elite athletes,” said Gaydosh. The biggest lesson that Gay-

dosh has to pass on is the one that got him to where he is now—that hard work, determination and grit are going to bring you success. “Where you’re from isn’t going limit you or determine what you can do. The only limits you have are the restrictions you place on yourself. I’ve had many people tell me that I’d never make it to where I am today, but that only would have been true if I had limited myself.” One thing seems certain— whatever Linden Gaydosh chooses to do, whether it’s football or any other profession, he will pursue it with the same tenacity that has brought him this far. That’s just what a champion does.

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Move Up Magazine Issue 18  

In this issue: 6 Celebrity Spotlights: Peace Region in the Public Eye, The Legacy Project, It Takes A Village, GO: Mighty Peace, and more ~...

Move Up Magazine Issue 18  

In this issue: 6 Celebrity Spotlights: Peace Region in the Public Eye, The Legacy Project, It Takes A Village, GO: Mighty Peace, and more ~...

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