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TODD AND AUSTIN CORMACK:

REKINDLING OF AN OLD FLAME by Reg L. Carver photography by KATE AWTREY

Often times, a father passes a passion to his son – a love of sport, music, adventures found outdoors. More rare is the occasion where the son passes a passion to his father. It does happen, however, and this is the story of one of those occasions. Georgia native Todd Cormack,49, became a hockey fan as a kid due solely to his following the Atlanta Flames, a hockey team founded in 1972 that moved to Calgary after eight seasons. Loving the fast pace and physicality of the sport, Todd played in neighborhood streets using oldfashioned roller skates and homemade sticks. The Flames left Atlanta in 1980, the same year Todd started college. With his team gone, he quickly lost interest in the sport. Indeed, he did not play another game until his son, Austin, 15, started showing interest in taking to the rink. A Father Teaches His Son Austin began the sport at age six at the South Gwinnett Athletic Association (SGAA) in Snell-

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ville, playing roller hockey using inline skates. Right away, Todd felt his son was not being coached in the best of ways. But not wanting to be simply a “complaining parent,” Todd volunteered to be an assistant coach. As it turned out, Todd received a telephone call the day before the start of Austin’s first season. It was a call to action. Todd was told the team needed a head coach. And so started the father/son Cormack duo. Learning as they went along (Todd learning to coach and, in turn, Austin learning to play), both have not only remained in the game, but have become “barn regulars.” Readily admitting they had a lot to learn, through the years they have been blessed by spending a lot of time together. They agree it has made for a close relationship. Todd learned the ropes as a coach – reading, surfing the Internet, and attending coaching clinics. His instincts told him that the littlest ones – like Austin at the time – should just learn to skate and have fun learning the game. As the players get older, the time comes for more competitive play. So Todd stepped up his coaching accordingly. He loved the days he coached Austin. He’s loved coaching all the kids he’s come to know.

SPORTS GWINNETT MAGAZINE www.sportsgwinnett.com JUNE 2013

Sports Gwinnett June 2013  

Sports Gwinnett Magazine covers sports and recreation, and the passionate people that participate in them. It's also a resource for active p...

Sports Gwinnett June 2013  

Sports Gwinnett Magazine covers sports and recreation, and the passionate people that participate in them. It's also a resource for active p...

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