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How’d you get into Football? Has it been a life long journey to get to be the Quarterback of the Golden Bears? Well, I played baseball and basketball pretty seriously until grade twelve. In grade eleven, I started getting more into football, and by grade twelve, I decided to seriously pursue it. When I was looking at schools, I had to choose between the U of A and the U of C. I chose Edmonton and came straight after high school. I was in the football program at 18 years old when most of the other players were 26 or 27.
You’ve been playing here for a while then. How much more football do you see yourself playing? Well, I technically can have one more year of university ball left. The problem is that I’ve run out of school to do. I’ve been here for a full five years, so if I came back and decided to start another degree or something, I guess I could play one more year, but we’ll see what happens.
How’s mixing school and sport? Any exciting overlaps? Unfortunately, the off-season means morning workouts. From February to May, we have two morning practices a week in the Butterdome from 6:30am to 8:00am. It’s usually miserably dark and cold, plus, we only do conditioning and speed work. There’s not a lot of football involved. After practice, we have to go to class the rest of the day. It takes a lot of commitment to work hard all year to get ready for an eight game season.
So, you’ve got 80 players on the team…wow. How does the coaching staff keep everybody in order?
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So when did you get into skateboarding? Is it a new hobby or have you been doing it since the last time day-glo colours were cool? I started skating in grade nine, but then took a year off in grade ten. I guess I just didn’t know where it was going and what I wanted to do with it. Once I got a job at Easyrider, I picked it back up. I’ve gotten a lot better through age and strength. Now, I love it again. How does someone go about getting a sponsor? I’d love to get a bunch of free stuff given to me. Obviously, you need to get involved with the place or company that you want to sponsor you. Pictures and videos also help. You need to let them know you’re interested. It’s a dream of mine to be involved in professional sports. I think it would be a cool job, but for now, being sponsored is a good gig. The free stuff is nice too… I find free to be the best price for most things. What’s the skateboard culture like in Edmonton? Are there lots of competitions happening around the city?
The city is getting more into throwing competitions, but there haven’t been many. There has been a couple though, like in Castledowns, there was a contest: “The King of The Castle”. A few contests have prize money and it’s a good chance to showcase yourself to potential sponsors. Unless you plan on living off prize money, you’ll need a job at some point. What do you want to do with your commerce degree? I’ll finish up my four years and then maybe take a year off to do some snowboarding and skateboarding in Europe or New Zealand. I don’t want to have a regular desk job. It would be fun to travel and get a lot of chances to snowboard and skateboard in different places. I’d love to do marketing for a skateboard or snowboard company and that’s why I chose to do a commerce degree. I hope that once you get that job you’ll hook me up with a bunch of stuff… for free.
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PUNEETA SANDHU UofA You applied online to be in Profile Magazine. In your application you said that you’re an interesting person that nothing interesting ever happens to. What do you mean nothing interesting happens to you? I find that hard to believe. I just feel like… I’ve lived such a mundane life. I grew up in Grand Prairie with well-to-do parents. I was a straight A student and on the ballot for valedictorian… You know what I mean? Just very standard. Of course, everyone is a straight A student and on the ballot for valedictorian… Well, I didn’t win! It’s just that nothing bad ever happens to me. I need something out of the ordinary. That’s why I decided to take off and go traveling on my own. I’ve been to India, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.
Well, I almost lost my passport! I went bungee jumping and cliff jumping. I also got a massive tattoo! It was totally spur of the moment! A massive tattoo gotten on the spur of the moment you say… What’s the story there? I got it done with bamboo. Four hours by hand, a guy with a stick with a little cluster of needles jabs away while another guy holds your skin stretched. The tattoo is of a tree from a picture I took on my mom’s farm in India. It sounds like you’ve given your life to travelling. I have. I’m already wondering if I should take a few months off to travel or just go on an exchange.
Some interesting stuff must have happened to you on those trips… I’m sure there are a lot of other places to get spur of the moment tattoos. Keep that in mind.
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SHAUN ADAMSON UofA So what exactly is Cycle Cross racing?
Is this something that you can pursue long-term or is it just a very time consuming hobby?
It’s a cross between road and mountain biking. The bike is like a road bike but with mountain bike tires. The track is made of anything from grass, pavement, dirt, snow, mud or sand. It can be pretty much anything.
Ideally, I’d get a pro contract so I could race and maybe do a little coaching. I started coaching this year and I like it. If none of that works out, I’d be happy to get an education after degree and teach.
Is this just a local thing or are you jet setting around with your bike?
What kinds of pro contracts are you looking for?
It’s international for sure. I’m just about to leave for Toronto to do some cycle cross races out there. There will be competitors from the US and Canada… Some of the top guys in the world. It’s mostly for experience, but maybe a little prize money if I have some good rides. After T.O., I’m off to Boston and Maine for some more races.
There are a few of different levels. The first level would be getting everything paid for; things like all your travel and bikes. The next level is getting paid to actually ride, and the level after that is getting paid lots.
When did you get started doing this? I started cycle cross racing in 2003, but I started mountain bike racing in 2000. I’ve now been to the world championships for two years, in Belgium and Italy.
Getting paid to ride your bike sounds like a dream. However, flying around the world to race and getting a degree don’t seem compatible… It’s tough. I do my best, but I think one of my mechanics put it best when he said: “Don’t let school get in the way of your education”.
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I’ve always wanted to be a professional hockey player. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to head to Seattle, when I was 15, to play for the Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League. They drafted me in hopes of developing me enough to get an NHL contract. I went to a couple of NHL camps but didn’t get the contract I was looking for. So, I used the scholarship money you get from playing in the WHL to come to the U of A and get my degree.
As the captain of the Golden Bears hockey team, you must have played your fair share of hockey growing up. How did you get your start?
As far as schools go, did you have other options when deciding where you wanted to play university hockey? I was recruited pretty heavily by at least a dozen schools, but the track record of the Golden Bears hockey program is second to none. The year I was recruited they were national champs and in my first year here, we won again. I mean, I have the incredible opportunity to win three championships in five years. You must have become pretty good friends with most of the guys on the team. What are the road trips like? Road trips are a blast with the fellas! You get bus fever after five or six hours at a time, especially with 20 guys. Lots of stories get told at the back of the bus, that’s for sure. For the most part, it’s a nice getaway, but you’re only concerned with playing your games and getting the work done.
Ha-ha, we joke around about being dumb jocks and scraping by in our classes, but for the most part, we have a lot of very smart guys on the team. There are guys in pharmacy and even medicine. It would blow your mind at how successful these guys are in school, it’s even more impressive given all the commitment it takes to play hockey at the same time. What’s the long term plan now that you’ve done your five years of eligibility? I’ll have my degree at the end of this year, and then I’m hoping to go overseas and continue playing hockey. There are even leagues in Asia and Australia now. Right now, I’m focused only on this season and I’ll figure it out after this year is over. I don’t want to get you in trouble, but what’s some advice that your coach gives during the pre-game speech? He likes to say: “You can knock us down, but we’ll bite your ankles while were down there!” SEE MORE @ PROFILEEDMONTON.COM
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I’d imagine by now that you’ve heard all the hockey player stereotypes, how do you enjoy being painted with that brush?
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MARSHALL GERMAN UofA I’ve heard you pretty much live at this climbing wall. How old were you when you got into this?
of it is being able to sequence the route and figure out how you’re going to solve the puzzle on your own.
I started climbing eleven years ago. I guess I started when I was eight and have been climbing ever since. It’s become a big part of my life. I’ve been to ten youth national championships, five world championships and a dozen other world cups. I’ve travelled all over the world for competitions or just for climbing outdoors.
Have you solved enough of the puzzles to get some solid results?
You don’t look old enough to have been climbing for eleven years.
Very impressive. So is climbing a big sport in Canada?
My first world championship was when I was fourteen and I was going to national championships at the age of eight.
It’s still a very young sport, but it’s growing exponentially. In Europe, it’s a totally different world. One competition was in a gym the size of the Butterdome. It cost twenty euros to get in and they had 8,000 people watching. I’ve been to contests in France with indoor style walls setup outside and they’ll have 12,000 people watching a final. It’s a huge spectator sport in Europe and Asia.
Some people play soccer at age eight, you climb 100 feet in the air…. Fair enough. What’s the process when you compete in a climbing competition? At most competitions there are no holds on the wall except the route, and it gets progressively harder as you go. In what’s called “on-site format”, you don’t get to see anyone else climb the route. A big part
I’ve won a youth national championship and last year I was second at the Pan-American Championships. My highest finish at the World Champs is 20th.
Well, in Canada we may not draw 12,000 people to a contest but I bet 12,000 people see this profile!
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MICHELLE CARTER Concordia So, getting an education after degree… What subject are you planning to teach? I’m debating that right now. Part of me wants to be a grade two teacher because I think I would love it, but the other part of me wants to teach grade six science. I’m not even a science student! I just really like CSI! I always thought grade six kids needed to learn more about blood splatter and finger prints. Earlier, you bragged about being able to change your own oil. What brought on a desire to be your own mechanic? Umm…. Being poor. I guess I’m also just really intrigued by a lot of guy things. I want to learn about fixing my truck, and when I’m older, I want to build my own truck. Do you have the perfect truck in mind?
What I’m getting from this is you’re a pretty big tomboy. Definitely. I like to do things people wouldn’t expect from me. I used to drive heavy equipment! I can drive any packer, a tractor, and I even learned to drive a scraper. Wow… Is there anything else you do that people wouldn’t expect from you? I love bikes I don’t have my bike license yet, but I tandem stunt with these guys called the Off Axis Stunt Team. Tandem means they’re doing the stunts with another person on the bike. Really, I’m just lying down on the bike or being a human backpack while they pull off some amazing tricks. Sounds safe. You should get your bike license so that you can have your own human backpack. Everyone needs one.
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SHANE REECE NAIT You and your cousin were both recruited by NAIT and have only been here for two months? How was the whole scouting thing?
How do you like Edmonton so far? It must be a pretty big change from living in Toronto.
It was a long process. My cousin contacted a few schools over here and coincidentally the NAIT coach was watching a tape of our team at the same time my cousin called. He saw my cousin and asked him about me. He called and asked me if I wanted to go with him to NAIT. It sounded like a good opportunity, so I took it.
At first I was like, “Oh my gosh, what is this?” but I’m used to it now and I like it. As far as going out, there is way more bars than clubs. It’s been a bit of an adjustment getting used to the culture out here. Toronto is a really multicultural place, and that’s not as much the case here. It’s all good now.
I’ve heard people describe you as a “Mini Dwight Howard”. That’s a pretty big compliment. Who do you fashion your game after?
It must have been a little easier moving here with your cousin, Shane Cox.
That is a compliment, but I think I’m a little more versatile than him. I’m not as big obviously. I do go down and bang in the paint every now and then. I can play the outside too, that’s what makes me a threat I guess.
Definitely. He’s the type of person that can go anywhere and talk to anyone. This is the first time I’ve left home, except for a couple of road trips here and there. I’m still learning the ropes of being on my own. I’m not used to the whole groceries thing and getting bills every month. I’m living with my cousin and two others from Toronto, which has made it a bit easier. People are starting to hear about: “The Toronto House”.
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I moved from a small town in Saskatchewan to New Sarepta in ’91 because both my parents were working here. New Sarepta only has about 400 people, but lots of kids go to school in Edmonton because their parents will have a farm somewhere near the town. Did you have the typical small town Canadian hockey life growing up? Complete with outdoor rinks and playing hockey until midnight? Pretty much. I’d head to the outdoor rinks in Beaumont with my buddies. Actually, growing up, my friend’s mom worked at the rink in New Sarepta, so we’d go to the rink whenever we had any free time and shoot pucks around.
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All that free ice time must be the reason you lead the team in scoring last year. What happens to the new guys on the team each year? Usually, we’ll have a bit of a rookie party to welcome them to the team. We divide them up into a few groups, for example: the girl guides, the bridal party, the synchronized swim team and the gay super heroes. They then go on a scavenger hunt around the city, riding the LRT and going to different bars. We follow it all up with a big party that night. It’s all in good fun. While you’re playing, you’re also doing a degree in criminal justice. What made you decide to do that program? It’s just something that has always interested me. I want to get into policing once I’m done with school and hockey. I figured it would add to my resume. Finally, what’s your favorite hockey cliché? Life’s too short to play defense.
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JORDAN STEVENSON MacEwan
You were born in Saskatchewan, so how did you end up out here playing hockey for the MacEwan Griffins?
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LAURIE CALLSEN MacEwan As a news editor for the MacEwan student newspaper, The Intercamp, you must have to do a lot of interviews, so if you were me, what question would you ask first?
The higher ups didn’t really appreciate that story, but hey, it’s news and it’s important for students to know. Did they get mad at you for writing that story?
I guess I’d ask: “why are you the news editor?” Okay. Why are you the news editor? Great question! Well, I have a passion for music and the arts, but I chose news because I think I will learn a lot more this way. I might have a story about the science labs one day, and then an article on the U-Pass the next. It’s a lot more diverse than just pointing out the newest band and their latest LP. What is the craziest and most insane news story you’ve written? Have you had anything really interesting? Umm… No. Honestly, nothing that interesting ever happens around here. Well, there was the story about MacEwan being examined by the auditor general that highlighted some financial and reporting errors.
No, not mad at us. They just didn’t like that it was on the front page. They would have rather had us bury it in the back somewhere, but it was our headline. If one news story could break at MacEwan what would you want it to be? A scandal! Scandals always make for great news stories. I mean, look at Watergate! People are still talking about that! So, you want a MacEwan Watergate? I don’t want a MacEwan Watergate, but, if one happened, I would report on it and it would be awesome.