True Sport Champion
"I believe sports help instil good values in young people and that it is very important to promote good sport to help ensure positive character development in youth."
Hometown: Granby, Quebec
Favourite sport: Football
My main sport is football. I had played for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees for five years by the time my university career ended in November 2010. I was a four-time Ontario University Athletics (OUA) All-Star and a three-time Canadian All-Star. Before that, I played with the Champlain College Lennoxville Cougars. When I was younger, I also played volleyball, soccer and baseball. I have been playing football for 10 years.
How did you first hear about True Sport and what made you decide to become a True Sport Champion?
I first heard about True Sport through the University of Ottawa. Three years ago, we took part in a project to spread True Sport’s message in the area high schools. I thought the True Sport message was very fair and interesting. I later became a spokesperson and True Sport champion in order to pass on the message. I created my own presentation, which I gave in several schools to promote True Sport and encourage young people to excel.
True Sport Champions volunteer their time to teach others about the True Sport Principles. Why is communicating the “good” sport message important to you?
I have played sports all my life. As an accomplished athlete, I have always worked very hard to reach my goals. I believe sports help instil good values in young people. Therefore, it is very important to promote good sport for positive character development.
Which of the True Sport Principles speaks to you the most and why?
The two True Sport Principles that speak to me the most are Go For It and Stay Healthy. “Go for it” because I believe that surpassing one’s limits and determination can benefit everyone, throughout the course of their lives. I strongly believe that hard work will always pay off. I also feel that staying healthy is very important. One way to do that is by not abusing drugs or alcohol. Lifestyle and physical fitness affect health, so it is important to be aware of what it takes to stay in shape.
How do children, athletes, coaches, parents, and others react when you speak about True Sport?
People are generally very open to hearing about the subject. The kids ask questions and want to know more. The parents often strongly agree with the principles and support the values put forward by the project. It is my hope that what we teach will benefit young athletes in the future.
What is your most memorable True Sport moment?
I was invited to speak at an end-of-season banquet given for a provincial football team. I really enjoyed the event because several parents and coaches were touched and moved by my message. It was a very enriching experience.
What advice would you give to someone considering joining the True Sport Champion’s program?
True Sport Champions have to understand the True Sport Principles and live by them each day. They also apply to day-to-day life off of the playing field. It is important to keep the message clear and simple so that the young people can easily understand. Finally, it is a good idea to have general knowledge of sports and True Sport’s different principles to be able to capably answer any questions that may be asked during presentations.