20180202 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football 2018_-91Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

We were back inside at RIM Park for practice #5. We are now officially a quarter of the way through our off-season practices and we have definitely come a long way.

Individually, you can see the work ethic of each player in the weight room really paying off. Everyone looks stronger and more explosive.

As units (offence, defence and special teams), the off-season is great because the graduates are gone and you really use this time to build team chemistry with the players that are working towards starting roles for the first time.

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Ryan-Long-225x400Elizabeth Karchut
Canada Football Chat

In grade ten, defensive back Ryan Long from Parkside Collegiate Institute decided to dedicate more of his time towards football, training three hours a day everyday. His hard work has since paid off with a commitment to the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.

“I loved the community feel of Laurier and how close everyone was. All the players were really inviting, and the facilities were outstanding. It felt better than the other universities I’ve seen,” Long said.

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Noel-Franklin-400x400Elizabeth Karchut
Canada Football Chat

It took Noel Franklin, a wide receiver from Saunders Secondary School, a while to get into football, but when he did, it didn’t take long for him to catch the attention of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.

When Franklin started his career with the London Minor Football Association, football was more of a time filler than anything serious. He said he played football on the side and after soccer. It wasn’t until grade 12, after
he transferred from Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School, that he began to dedicate all his time and energy to the sport.

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RohanThompsonLaurier Grads Soar is a multi-part series that has returned for the 2017-18 year. The segment features former Wilfrid Laurier University athletes and student-leaders in the Athletics and Recreation Department, and the success they have enjoyed since leaving Laurier. Written by award-winning journalist David Grossman, different features will be released throughout the year that will emphasize the role Athletics and Recreation played in helping them achieve success.

Rohan Thompson: Social Worker and Professor, Centennial College

It has been awhile, but Rohan Thompson said he would never forget the conversation that took place in the kitchen of his home in the summer of 1989.

Just 12 years old, he was trying to convince his mother that he wanted to play tackle football. Very much concerned about her son’s safety and fearful of him getting injured, she had a different perspective.

Things weren’t going well for the youngster. That is, he claims, until his older sister got involved in the discussion and, with a persuasive message, there was a deal and he could try it.

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20180112 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football 2018_-136Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

We are excited to announce that the 19th Annual Laurier Football Dinner is Wednesday, April 25th at Bingemans Conference Centre. This is always a fantastic event so please save the date and for ticket information CLICK HERE.

The off-season training is going very well and we were back at RIM Park last Friday afternoon for practice. I’d be lying if I said we are in mid-season form, but there is great effort and energy. Everyone is determined to improve each and every day.

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Ackie
Photo: Canadian Football League

CFL.ca

MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that the club has signed national defensive backs Chris Ackie and Michael Carter to new one-year deals.

Both were set to become free agents in February.

“Chris has fully recovered from his season-ending injury suffered on July 27 and his return is expected to greatly help the defensive squad,” said Alouettes General Manager Kavis Reed. “Michael is a very passionate and versatile player and we are extremely happy to be able to count on them for the 2018 season.”

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20180105 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football 2018_-174Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Our first practice last Friday was a good one. There was great effort, excitement and enthusiasm to work hard and get better.

A special thank you to so many Laurier Alumni and current CFL players that came back to share their expertise with the current roster. Kwaku Boateng, Nakas Onyeka, Ese Mrabure Ajufo, Chris Ackie, Courtney Stephen and Dillon Campbell all took time out of their busy schedules to help out our team.

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Karlo Berkovich
Laurier Campus Magazine

Shamawd Chambers had big plans when he arrived at Laurier for his first year of university.

“I wanted to play pro football from the first day I stepped on campus,” says the Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver, who has played for three Canadian Football League (CFL) teams during his six-year career and was the top Canadian in the 2015 Grey Cup game.

Chambers played four seasons with the Golden Hawks before the Edmonton Eskimos drafted him sixth overall in 2012. He says he achieved his goal thanks to a combination of athletic ability and the life skills he learned at Laurier.

“Being a student athlete is like having two full-time jobs,” says Chambers, who studied religion and culture. “Being at Laurier made adapting to and preparing for pro football a lot easier.”

Helping student athletes succeed in sport and in life is a hallmark of the Laurier athletic experience.

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